I hope the old adage about old dogs and new tricks isn’t true. Really, I do. With several books under contract and deadlines looming like Dracula’s shadow, I have finally decided to commit myself to learning Scrivener. So many people I know use the Scrivener software program to collect and organize their research and write their manuscripts. Most rave about it and claim they wouldn’t write using any other program. (Several others, not so much.) I’ve begun using the program two or three times, and about twenty minutes into it I’ve quit. QUIT! Quit, as in if my computer were somebody’s neck, I’d have wrung it! The last time I attempted to use the program, I bought a copy of Scrivener for Dummies. Guess what! Apparently, I’m too dumb for Scrivener for Dummies. It didn’t help.  I don’t want a tome to explain the software to me. Simple. Short. That’s the key to my understanding. Recently, though, I happened upon an ebook called Get Started with Scrivener for Windows. It’s simple. It’s short. Maybe it’s what I’m looking for. On top of that, the author has a series of short, simple videos called Scrivener Unleashed. Unleashing sounds good. The three videos I’ve watched thus far have answered my questions in two minutes or less. Yes, maybe this time I’ll be able to use the program to complete a project and learn a new trick in the process. Maybe these tools will make me more productive, as the Scrivener program promises. Right now, I’m organizing my research notes. Next, as soon as I find the door into this project, I’ll begin writing. Maybe this old dog can learn a new trick. Maybe. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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