0789751453_bEver feel like a porcupine in a balloon factory?  A fish out of water?  As a longtime user of Microsoft Word, this is exactly how I felt as I began to navigate the pros and cons of Scrivener.  I’m a tool guy – which means I’m always on the lookout for a more efficient way to write and produce quality material.  I stumbled onto Scrivener a few months ago, a software suite that is billed as a word processor and project management tool.

Scrivener is intimidating at first.  While instructional videos are available (, I learned quickly that a written guide could be a handy tool.  Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Jennifer Kettell is the most comprehensive user guide available to date.  

Kettell’s work assumes that the reader has absolutely “zero” experience with Scrivener.  She begins at the beginning with basic instruction and helpfully guides users to a path to success.  But this is no ordinary instructional manual.  The author provides over 500 pages of instructions with clear step by step instructions for making the most of Scrivener.

I recommend Kettell’s work for anyone interested in giving Scrivener a shot.

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