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Adventures in Scrivening

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Bernie Goldbach in LIT-Clonmel | Screenshot from Scrivener

FOR AS SWEET as it is, the wonderful program Scrivener will misbehave when used without proper version control. I have first-hand headaches regarding this issue.

I use Scrivener a minimum of 10 hours every week. It makes easy work out of the course note creation process. Scrivener rewards me when I shovel unformed piles of notes onto its virtual cork board before reordering those notes into chapters of ebooks.

But if I manage the flow by sharing an entire project (instead of documents within a project), Scrivener often loses page breaks, chapters and notes. This has cost me a day's worth of edits several times.

We have lost nothing of substance--just edits. We back up work at the end of every day by selecting "Compile to Word" and then save that result in a folder that contains all .scriv projects. This "999" folder gets automatically backed up by Crashplan Pro. 

I have returned to edit documents that should've been finalized all this week and although it is frustrating I won't abandon Scrivener because of this version management issue. Instead, I'm putting the lessons learned into the e-publishing module at the Limerick Institute of Technology.


Published to Say Media servers using the iOS Typepad app using my Three Ireland Mifi from Huawei E586. Saved as eprdctn on Pinboard along with links to resources for writers.

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