Before I started The Jade Lily, I knew that it was based during the Second World War, and there were certain dates I had to hit. The kinds of books I write have a dual time frame, and this one especially had very clear dates. Scrivener really helped me map those dates. I had certain ideas of scenes that would happen and as the war begins and ends on certain dates and in Shanghai there were big international events on certain dates, I put those in as key events.
And then I had the contemporary timeframe. And I could colour code this, so it was very clear. And it allowed me to lace the contemporary story through. I found Scrivener very useful for laying out the line of my plot.
The course has made me feel confident. I've been using Scrivener in an ad hoc way and it's all got a bit messy. The course covered a good range of the basics and useful tips ‚ certainly things I didn't know and had got tripped up on. If you want a targeted and not-overwhelming intro into Scrivener, this course is a great place to start. The Australian Writers' Centre is a great place for well-structured courses relating to writing.
If you are thinking about getting Scrivener, you need to take this course.
Scrivener is life changing, but it wouldn't be without this course. It's a must!
I found it really helpful to be able to stop the video, try it and then restart once I was confident that I understood the content. This course is a great resource to get you properly started on Scrivener. While Scrivener rocks, it takes some time to master. The videos and handouts are easy to work through and a great resource afterwards. The Australian Writers' Centre courses are excellent value for money. The mix of audios and online interaction, how they're stepped and staged makes them a great resource.
I was able to watch the tutorials on my iPad without worrying too much about fully absorbing the content, as it was an intensive course. I could then boot up the laptop a couple of weeks later, having imported some of my own material into Scrivener, and complete the course again. But this time I stopped after each video and working in Scrivener on my own projects. I found the convenience and flexibility of learning at my own pace very enjoyable. Before enrolling in this course I attempted to use Scrivener's tutorial and found it overwhelming. Natasha's take on it, from a writer's point of view, was perfect. Don't waste time phaffing about trying to figure out Scrivener on your own. Just do it!
I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner! It was fantastic. Although I've used Scrivener for a couple of projects, I knew I wasn't using it to its full potential. Now, after just two hours, I am blown away at how many useful features it has, and how it's going to be an absolute game changer for my writing process. Natasha delivers the course in a manner that is concise and easy to follow. She shows you the basics and then moves towards more advanced features without overwhelming you with unnecessary detail.
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