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Using Snapshots When Writing With Scrivener

Writing with Scrivener makes the messy job of drafting a whole lot easier.


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I don’t know about you, but when I’m writing I’m forever changing things. When I’ve written a scene I don’t know if that’s the way it will stay or whether I’ll change it as I get further into the story. Nine times out of ten, I’ll change it, but that presents me with another problem.

I’m scared of breaking something.

I’m scared that my second version will be worse than my original, or that I’ll lose words that I really want back in my scene.

Before Scrivener I had two choices: either leave the scene as it is, or make lots of different versions of the file. Trouble was, I ended up losing the files. No matter how organised and methodical I thought I was being, still snippets would vanish into the black hole that is the computer hard drive of a working writer.

Scrivener solves the scene change problem with snapshots.

David Hewson, a fellow British author of crime novels set in Italy, has this video that perfectly explains the Scrivener Snapshot function.



What I hadn’t realised before watching the video was the way Scrivener makes it so easy to compare the new version with the previous versions, and revert if necessary.

Despite having used the programme for a couple of years now, I’m still learning new things about it every day, and loving it more with each new function I discover.

Have you Scrivener tried yet? If not, go to the Literature and Latte site and download yourself a trial copy.

Don’t worry about mastering every little feature straight away, just zip through the tutorial and get started. In fact, if you’re really impatient you don’t even need to do the tutorial.

Let me know what you think!

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4 thoughts on “Using Snapshots When Writing With Scrivener

  1. Mark

    I am in the process of learning Scrivener and do appreciate all the help I can gather in the form of tutorials, tips, testimonials, videos demonstrations, etc. I previously read David Hewson’s ebook regarding using Scrivener to write novels and found it fascinating and encouraging as well. I will bookmark your site for further insight. Thanks much! -Mark

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