Yearly Archives: 2013

Cover reveal for Hope’s Watch. Coming January 16, 2014   Elle Reinhardt loves people and has a gift for turning groups of strangers into friends. When she talks her best friend Lyn into taking a month-long Pacific cruise, Elle is in her element, gathering fellow passengers to her. But things go horribly wrong when a […]

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  • Jennie BennettDecember 17, 2013 - 3:01 PM

    Beautiful Donna! Congrats 🙂ReplyCancel

Or I should say, Why I Love Scrivener So Much. What is Scrivener? It’s a software program for writers. According to their website: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus […]

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  • Chris BetcherDecember 10, 2013 - 3:14 AM

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I wrote a book a couple of years ago and discovered Scrivener at the time (you an only use Microsoft Word for so long on a big project like a book before you realise there has to be a better way! Writing a business letter is very different to writing a book!)

    I doubt I would have ever finished the book without Scrivener. Truly an amazing writing tool and so refreshing to see tool that takes another (better) approach to writing.ReplyCancel

  • donnacndDecember 10, 2013 - 5:01 AM

    Great post; thank you! I got Scrivener during last year’s NaNo, and knew I wasn’t tapping all of its features. Thanks for helping me learn more.ReplyCancel

  • Christine GasserDecember 10, 2013 - 2:33 PM

    I agree with you 110% to everything you wrote here. I love the binder, for some reason I tend to sneak up on my story, so the third chapter is usually the first and it is so easy to make that the first step in editing! My DH, with his surprising super power of editing, will come home from work and sip a glass of wine and make comments in a chapter as I cook dinner. It’s all so seamless and easy. After decades on Word, Scrivener is like writer’s steroids. I need to keep this brief before it sounds too ‘rainbows and unicorns’ LOL ReplyCancel

  • DaveDecember 10, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    I agree with you one hundred percent on Scrivener’s best feature ever, Lucinda. Being a, as your put it, “discovery writer” myself, I like to write what I’m inspired to write, then move things around when necessary.

    Thanks for the great post.ReplyCancel

  • Mark AndersonDecember 10, 2013 - 6:08 PM

    Love Scrivener! For anyone just beginning to learn it, I would highly recommend the very successful online Scrivener class taught by Gwen Hernandez. Her Scrivener for Dummies is a valuable resource as well, and I keep it close by on my desktop as I write. For more information go to Now, I have to get back to my revisions–using Scrivener, of course! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LucindaDecember 10, 2013 - 7:53 PM

    Thank you, everyone. Scrivener really has revolutionized my writing and helped me become more efficient about my ideas and stories.ReplyCancel

  • PopDecember 11, 2013 - 4:36 AM


    Nice confession of yours there about Scrinever.

    Totally agreed with your words, I for one is a die-hard Scrinever fan.

    When everything is in one place and organization is at one glance using the binder. The only fun thing to do next is just write.


  • Zelda BenjaminDecember 11, 2013 - 4:45 AM

    I love the working in the binder and being able to move everything around with just a click and drop. Thanks for the color coordinating tips.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline DeaconDecember 11, 2013 - 8:34 AM

    good article. I’m a Scrivener convert too but my files don’t look as pretty! Thanks for the info on how to change the colours

  • Judy ShafarmanDecember 26, 2013 - 6:32 PM

    Very good article. Thank you. I’m just coming out with my first book and definitely see my direction in independent publishing. judyshafarman.comReplyCancel

  • […] that other day I was reading Lucinda Whitney’s blog post discussing my favorite writing software, Scrivener. It’s a great post, and you should go read […]ReplyCancel

  • Megan StewartDecember 31, 2013 - 3:20 PM

    Thank you for this post. Like others, I’ve been looking for a way to better organize my ideas and stories. I don’t like to write in a linear fashion, and Word just doesn’t cut it. I look forward to reading more from you in the new year!!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 31, 2013 - 3:40 PM

      Thanks, Megan! Doesn’t Scrivener make so much sense? It really opened up so many possibilities for me, and it makes the writing process so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Jack SwanzyJanuary 18, 2014 - 10:42 PM

    Beware! If you backup to a thumb drive, you are backing up a single file, not the complete project. Don’t learn this the hard way.ReplyCancel

  • […] user is Lucinda Whitney who wrote a terrific article, complete with screen shots, titled “What I Love About Scrivener.” She also maintains a Scrivener Pinterest page with links to many other helpful […]ReplyCancel

  • Mash-Up Monday #21: Scrivener | The AmbageFebruary 17, 2014 - 11:42 PM

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  • […] talked about Scrivener before, and how much I love it. It is truly the best software for writing of any kind, especially creative writing. I don’t […]ReplyCancel

  • […] reveal their lives to me, and sometimes scenes show up out of order (which is fine, since I use Scrivener). I ‘see’ them in my mind as they go about their lives, and I just watch them and […]ReplyCancel

  • Kathy ReinhartSeptember 17, 2014 - 8:26 AM

    This is one of the better Scrivener tutorials I’ve seen. I also began using it after a NaNoWriMo contest and have been hooked ever since. I even went as far as to purchase the Scrivener book to learn some of the lesser known features. If I could only choose one app to keep on my computer, it would be Scrivener.ReplyCancel

  • […] Those status bars! For more see: What I love about Scrivener. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] talked about Scrivener before, and how much I love it. It is truly the best software for writing of any kind, especially creative writing. I don’t […]ReplyCancel

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What’s better than books? Free books! I’ve joined the “Give Books for Christmas Giveaway Blog Hop”. Click on the image or follow this link: New LDS Fiction Blog Hop, then join the other giveaways for more free books.   I’m giving away an ebook copy (for the Kindle or Nook) of Amber Gilchrist’s Glitch: When […]

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  • KristinDecember 3, 2013 - 7:46 AM

    Best book of the year is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I love all her books, but this one topped all of them! The history, the mystery, the writing. 🙂 Love it!ReplyCancel

  • LucindaDecember 3, 2013 - 9:57 AM

    It sounds like a really good book, Kristin. I’ll have to check it out.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleeDecember 3, 2013 - 11:10 AM

    I have read soo many good books this year! Some of my favorites would have to be Jaclyn M Hawkes Rockland Ranch Romance Series. I loved them, and can’t wait till the fourth book comes out.
    Thanks for the fun giveaway, Glitch sounds like a fun read.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy JeppsenDecember 3, 2013 - 12:56 PM

    I’ve read so many great books this year, I’d have to say that Blackmoore was one of my very favorites.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaDecember 3, 2013 - 1:09 PM

    Kimberlee, I read ‘The Journey of Honor’ by Jaclyn Hawkes and liked it a lot.
    Cathy, ‘Blackmoore’ is on my list of favorites as well.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy JeppsenDecember 3, 2013 - 7:55 PM

    Favorite book I’ve read this year…so hard. I’d have to say Blackmoore was one of my very favorites!

  • M.R. ButtarsDecember 4, 2013 - 10:28 AM

    A Glimmer of Hope by Sarah Eden. It was such a beautiful story of hope overcoming heartache.ReplyCancel

  • Marla ButtarsDecember 4, 2013 - 5:26 PM

    A Glimmer of Hope by Sarah Eden. It was such a beautiful story of hope overcoming heartache. ReplyCancel

  • Tamera WesthoffDecember 8, 2013 - 8:41 PM

    Wow, one book? I really liked the I Belong With You, You Belong With Me, My Sweetheart series by Shannon Guymon!ReplyCancel

  • Donna King WeaverDecember 11, 2013 - 9:08 PM
  • TaffyDecember 14, 2013 - 11:59 PM

    I enjoyed Pivot Point AND Donna’s book!ReplyCancel

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