Scrivener is Starting to Grow on Me!

As a writer of erotica, pounding the keyboard is something I do a lot, in addition to my pud, but that’s a completely different story. Normally, I would use Word or LibreOffice for writing but have started to venture into the use of Scrivener for my stories.

In a nutshell, Scrivener allows you to break up your document into sections or chapters. This is helpful when you are working on a section of a story. It’s somewhat like an outline where you list the topics or sections of a story. As I read what I’ve just written, my explanation doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’ll try a different method.

My followup story House Party 2, which starts to tie up the loose ends I created in House Party, is written using Scrivener. I know that I should never start learning a new tool when I’m actually trying to get something done, but I just closed my eyes and jumped in. After all how deep can the water be?

The screenshot shown here is part of the binder list. A binder is typically a chapter in my way of thinking and can hold one or more documents. In its simplest form, a story would have a binder for each chapter, and each binder would have one embedded document with the verbiage for the chapter.

It’s simple to drag binders up or down to move a chapter in case you want to reorganize your story. Likewise, you can grab documents and move them to other binders. When you are finished, Scrivener will compile your story and spit out the final work product in a number of formats.

What I’ve come to appreciate is the ability to instantly jump between sections. With a word processor, the writer deals with a single document, often thousands of words long. It involves searching or bookmarks to find the section needing work.

My typical erotic story is novel-length or greater than 50,000 words. So if I want to work on the gangbang scene, I can just click on the document to instantly open it without having to search through a long word processing document to find the section I want to edit.

Then when I get tired of all the moaning, grunting, and face painting, I can simply switch to another chapter and work on something else by clicking on the appropriate section. No longer do I have to search and find the section I want to work on. This is also an advantage when you think of an addition or change to a different chapter. It is easy to jump to another section, make the changes, and jump back.

My normal workflow depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing. One of my laptops is always in my hand. If I have a few minutes while waiting for something, I’ll just pick a section and start reading what I’ve written. Scrivener allows me to make notes or comments that don’t show up in the finished product, similar to Word’s comments.

If I’ve got half-an-hour, then I’ll actually write something if I feel productive. If I don’t feel productive, I’ll just read what I’ve previously written. As I’ve never been formally trained to write, plus being an engineer, my approach to writing is probably all wrong, but it seems to work for me.

A lot of books on writing, tell the writer to always write something every day to build up a good attitude towards writing. I find that it doesn’t work well for me, and I’ll just write junk if I’m not in the zone. Then I have to go back and do it over again, which is lost time and effort. In periods like this, I’ll just reread my previous scribblings if I don’t feel productive.

I tend to make notes a lot, and Scrivener allows me to jot down notes and thoughts on something. Being in the Lifestyle (swinging), we have an active social life, which includes a fair number of parties. We’re always being invited to someone’s house party, where you typically meet new people. And I’m not stupid, my drop-dead gorgeous wife has a lot to do with the invites we get. Every day I give thanks for being so lucky!

We’ll do something or see something that will be a good start to put into a story, so I’ll whip out my laptop and make notes about the event. I don’t take the laptop to a party but will leave it in the car. A lot of times, we’ll stop at Denny’s or a fast-food restaurant for a late-night snack afterward and discuss what we’ve seen or done.

Swingers as a group are very sociable and often end up somewhere swapping war stories, especially after a good party. I think voyeurism is one of the requirements of swinging, and listening to a hot story about what happened or witnessing is always neat.

I’ll jot down notes using Microsoft OneNote typically unless it would happen to fit into a story I’m currently working on, then I’ll note it in Scrivener. What I’ve found is that a good thread for a story will often slip my mind unless I commit it to paper (or electrons).

Many of the characters in my stories are fictionalized versions of people we run around with. I create fictional names for them, to protect the guilty, and often stuff them into a story exactly as they are. For swingers, privacy is the number one thing, and while a person may recognize themselves in a story, I change them up so that they are not identifiable to the general public.

Anyway, if you’re interested in Scrivener, give it a try. The program is available for PC and Mac’s at about $50 bucks each. I bought the bundled package for both my PCs and Macs at a reduced price. Right now, the new Windows version is in beta, and you can use it free of cost until they release the final version.

Scrivener’s website is https://www.literatureandlatte.com/

House Party

I’m Larry Archer, resident pervert at https://LarryArcher.blog and write explicit HEA porn, mostly about swingers, girl-on-girl, unicorns, and the Lifestyle. My porn is feel good and never any conflict that amounts to anything. In real life, we are a dedicated couple, and writing gives me the opportunity to talk about stuff we’ve seen or done, which would not be suitable around the water cooler at work.

My stories are loosely categorized as stroke porn with smut on every page. That’s one of the good things about an electronic reader, such as a phone, tablet, PC, or Mac, the pages don’t get stuck together. But keep in mind that a lot of cell phones are not waterproof, so don’t drop it in the toilet during moments of passion. For more on my stories, click the following link: https://LarryArcher.blog/stories

Stay tuned for my review of Lisabet Sari’s hot new book, Babes in Bondage, which will have you whipped into knots and begging for forgiveness. This is the 5th book in the Vegas Babes series, and everyone is hotter than the one before.

Lisabet’s Vegas Babes stories are her take on the characters I’ve created at The Fox’s Den, a.k.a. The Hottest Strip Club in Sin City. It’s interesting to see her take on my characters and FanFic at its best.

One more plug, and I’ll sign off. For all your dirty story needs, you only need one link to fully satisfy yourself, like a fully charged FleshLight. KinkyLiterature.com is a site dedicated to providing the best porn from yours truly and other top-notch writers. They make their money off referral fees, so you pay the same price, yet have the satisfaction of dealing with folks who are as sick and degenerate as you are. Unlike the blue-haired lady at the 7-11, Richie and Randi won’t spray everything you’ve touched with Lysol as you’re walking out the door with the plain brown wrapped package in your grubby hands.

I’m off like a prom dress!

Larry Archer https://LarryArcher.blog

About LarryArcher

Larry Archer's the name, smut's my game. I am a writer of erotic literature that's generally always HEA (Happily Ever After), which typically involves no regrets sex. I write in a humorous style with a plot and suitable for reading with one hand. My stories are full of sexual situations that are often taken straight from our swinger lifestyle in Las Vegas. If you want to enjoy erotica, where every page is dripping with action, give me a try.
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7 Responses to Scrivener is Starting to Grow on Me!

  1. kdaddy23 says:

    Sounds like a good tool to have on hand! When I was writing like there was no tomorrow, one of the things I’d encounter was keeping track of where things were in the document as a whole and I kinda remember something similar to Scrivener that used an outline type of format but I abandoned it because it wasn’t as writer-friendly as it was advertised or it just wasn’t easy to rearrange stuff.

    Nothing made me crazier than to realize that a new thought I had belonged somewhere else… and now I had to find it but, usually, I knew exactly where it was and a few flicks of the mouse wheel had me where I wanted to be… usually. Sometimes, I’d write something – and under the “write something every day” thing you mentioned – and wind up cutting and pasting it somewhere else.

    While I like the notion of writing something every day, yeah, that doesn’t always work, does it? I’d find that I’d written several chapters, go back and read them… and it’s trash – disjointed, disconnected from the main storyline – you know what I mean, right? And now I’ve spent x-amount of time writing something that now has to be deleted.

    The longest story I’ve ever written took me two years to finish once I started it; sometimes, I just didn’t feel like writing or I didn’t have the time to write. I’d be away from home and an Idea pops into my head and for the longest time, I had no way to capture it and all I could do was hope that I wouldn’t forget it so I could get home and write it. But once we got email where I worked, if I had a thought, I’d just send myself an email with whatever I was thinking about – and that worked.

    I just might invest in Scrivener…

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  2. LarryArcher says:

    From all my grousing about it, I’m starting to come to grips with it. It’s nice because it lets me work in sections easily. If you’re on a Windows machine, grab the beta version which is the full version just time-limited. Anything you’re working on can be exported into an RTF format so you can move back to Word or whatever your normal word processor is. Even if you end up buying a copy, it’s only around $50 bucks for the program which is cheap.

    For someone who is as prolific as you are, I can’t believe that there is not a good cocksucking story buried somewhere, which could be whipped out in a few days! 🙂

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  3. lisabetsarai says:

    First of all, thanks for the praise! I doubt anyone is more qualified to comment on the Vegas Babes books than you are.

    As for Scrivener – I can’t imagine using it. I write in a very linear way. I do go back and reread what I’ve got so far (or at least the last chapter or two), but I really do have a plot arc in my head, usually from beginning to end, when I sit down to write.

    I can see that it would be useful to be able to jump around quickly, though.

    Anyway, we all have to find the tools that work for us.

    Keep writing! And BTW I am about half way through Walk on the Wild Side. I think it’s the best thing I’ve read by you. I love how you’re giving Foxy such an authoritative role.

    More later!

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  4. LarryArcher says:

    Thanks for the comments Lisabet, that means a lot. I’m trying to expand my universe and just hope that Foxy will be happy with her alternative personality.

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  5. Mark K says:

    Larry,
    Did you ever try using the built in Heading styles and Outline view in Word?

    You can get something very similar to the outline bit you show above, and can expand any given section to work on it.

    I’ve used it quite a bit through the years to handle the user manuals I write for work. (I’m an engineer as well).

    This works well for this application, since I use the heading styles as titles for paragraphs/sections of the manual, and use them to build the TOC, cross references, etc.

    If you’re not going to have the styles be chapter/section headings, you might have to do some editing to change the style before you make the final document, or maybe change the definition of the heading styles to not really appear as chapter/section headings.

    I’m not suggesting you revert to Word, if Scrivener works for you, go for it. Just curious if you ever tried that feature in Word.

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    • LarryArcher says:

      Thanks for the comments Mark. I use styles to mark my chapter heads as well as body text. Also helps to build the TOC. I don’t like to use the outline mode because of the way it formats the text. I find it hard to work using that type of layout.

      While I’m not fully onboard with Scrivener as I haven’t ended up with a finished story yet and could very well change my mind 10 times by then. My usual word processing program is Word and have been using it for years but I’m kinda liking the ability to make notes that don’t end up in the final manuscript.

      There are a number of features that I didn’t touch on such as the ability to create index cards for the chapters that you can move around to rearrange the story. Plus the ability to generate different final documents. This will be handy to create one project with the ability to generate a final document for say Amazon Kindle or SmashWords by simply picking a different compile option.

      My main objective was to offer a possible alternative to other writers, who may want to explore Scrivener. The program is cheap for what it can do and I’m still experimenting with it. If you run out of things to do, grab a copy and play with it a little. Then give me your thoughts on it? Below are a couple of YouTube videos about it.


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