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Jill U Adams writes about health & medicine, nature & environmental issues, and the intersection of research & policy for newspapers, magazines, and the web. Publication credits include Audubon, Discover, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Science, and Nature. A former research scientist, Jill has shed her passive voice but not her disapproval of handwaving theories. A parent of teens, she is loath to give advice, but is full of it anyway. Jill lives in Albany, NY, with her husband, three kids, and a dog.

7 responses to “Ode to Scrivener”

  1. Marijke Vroomen Durning

    Interesting Jill. I’ve heard other writers talk about the program. I wonder if I would find it useful. I tend to buy gadgets and programs, only to not use them to their potential.

  2. Lori Dixon

    I *love* Scrivener. The tutorial orients a new user to the tools and offers an overview of the program’s flexibility. However, to really get a handle on what it can do for organizing and writing, you really need the Dummies’ book. I’ve saved hours of copy/paste with drag, drop and chop. For the first time ever, my critical plots notes are not scattered about the house on random pieces of paper.

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  4. Jessica Marshall

    Jill, I just got a chance to read this. Great piece.

    Have you found a way to keep track of fact-checking while you write? i.e. can you annotate in some way to know which research document or interview the facts came from when you go back to it later?

    1. David Ward

      You can add comments (highlight a word or phrase and add notes in a pop-up comment box), in-line annotations (similar), and footnotes.

  5. Jill U Adams

    Jessica,
    I don’t really mark things in that way. (I’ve tried, but I never stick with it.)
    What I do is have lots of well-labeled research documents. When I’m reading through my story months later, I don’t have any trouble finding my interview notes for Dr. Cucumber or my stats on martini-drinking from the CDC webpage I clipped.
    If I didn’t remember where I got a fact, I’d think about where I’d go looking. Most likely that web page or fact sheet or research paper is in my Scrivener file and I don’t have to go back to the wild, wild web.

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