Author's Life

Scrivener for IPad

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube lately. Since I received my iPad, and uploaded the new app for Scrivener, I wanted to learn more about how other writers use their iPads with the program. I’ve loved using Scrivener for years on my laptop, but having the versatility of using my iPad appealed to me greatly.

In the past, I used Docs to Go on my old iPad. This was more like writing in Word, which was the program I used back then. It worked fine, but I don’t want to go back to using Word for writing. I remember taking the iPad when my hubby had therapy at the VA Clinic. I’d sit in the cafeteria for two hours and just write. I used a bluetooth keyboard. One day a gentleman came to sit at the table and asked me what I was doing. I told him about being an author and working on my book while my hubby was in therapy. Many people were interested in my endeavor. LOL! It was fun to tell them about my published books and I suppose it was a bit of marketing as well.

Once I learned about Scrivener, I became attached to my computer. The iPad was abandoned except for mundane tasks. Eventually, the operating system for the iPad 2 became obsolete and wouldn’t work with most of my apps. I still have it, though. I’m not sure where I learned about the Scrivener app for iPad, but it intrigued me. I knew I’d be happy to write on an iPad again!

I did some research and decided the 9th generation was good enough for what I wanted to do and found a good price on Amazon. It arrived the next day. (Now I need to sell books to pay for it!) I already had a bluetooth keyboard, and I decided to order a mouse to go with it. Why? I find it less distracting to use a mouse than to use my finger on the touchscreen while I’m writing.

And now we circle back to the YouTube world. Did you know you can find almost anything on YouTube? But one must use common sense. I found writers who were using the Scrivener app on their iPads and watched their videos to see how they set it up. Yes, it is different from the Scrivener app for Windows. Everything I need is there, but it is hiding. It’s more streamlined, which is a good thing. I’m so anxious to begin working on plotting my next book or series on the iPad, but it will have to wait until I finish the memoir I’m writing to give to family for Christmas. Since we are having out get together on the 17th, I have to concentrate on finishing!

I don’t know what tools you might use to write (if this is a fellow author reading this), but I’d love to hear from you. If you use Scrivener on your computing device of choice, especially the iPad, please feel free to share your thoughts. Oh, and do you use YouTube to reference “how to” videos?