I’ve been a fan of the writing program, Scrivener, for a number of years. I first used the Windows version back when it was in beta, but I then purchased the Mac version when I got a new computer. There’s so much you can do with Scrivener to help you organize and write–so much so, in fact, that managing screen real estate can become a real issue if you want to take advantage of more than just the basic features.
Therefore, I thought I’d show you how I use Scrivener on a small laptop–specifically, on an 11-inch MacBook Air.
It’s been a few months since I last raved about my love of Scrivener so I thought I’d update you on whether my love had waxed or waned. In summary, I began writing my new book with Scrivener on March 18 this year. I have now essentially finished it. I have written 80,000 words in just over 5 months (see the lovely Scrivener Project target pic on the left). This has never happened before. I am on a creative high.
How much of this can I put down to Scrivener? It’s hard to say. I think it’s been a huge help. Also this book has been fun to write, which makes the words flow too. I’ve now moved on to editing my book in Scrivener, which is what I wanted to talk about today, because I think Scrivener has several features which make editing easier than in Word.
When the first version of Scrivener for Windows came out in 2011, I put off following up on it because I was busy, and because it was the first version, but last fall I decided to take the plunge. Even though I’ve only scratched the surface, I’m glad I did. I have always been a very linear writer, and I think that’s largely because of the structure imposed by a novel-length file in any word processing program. Scrivener breaks a project into manageable pieces, and lets you work on them in any order without losing control of the whole. The option of jumping easily from one section (or scene) to another is one of the features I am fast coming to love in Scrivener.
Today we’re going to talk about a writing tool that changed the way I write (and maybe even my life):
SCRIVENER (!!!) Keep in mind when I talk about Scrivener, I’m only referring to how I use it to produce my novels. There are lots of other options – Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting, Poetry and Lyrics – but I am unfamiliar with those steps. I’m in no way an affiliate, either – strictly a fiction indie author who highly recommends this program to interested writers.
Now, for today’s lesson, I’m using screenshots I took of my second book, Witch Hearts, as well as a shot of the upcoming second Donovan Circus book. (No spoilers.) Keep in mind in mind these are notes for your own reference, so you can put in whatever information you want; readers aren’t going to see this show up in your published books.
Two weeks ago I wrote my first article about using Scrivener for all of my writing projects. The response was incredible to that article I thought I would take it another step and write an article about how I use Scrivener to write a screenplay. If you already use Scrivener you will not see anything new here, but if you want to learn a little more about the Writer’s Writing Software, then this is the first is a series of articles that will show you much of Scrivener’s screenwriting capabilities.
Scrivener has so many different features that some might not even know all of these features. Or perhaps they’re just not interested in knowing these features, at least not until they have need of these features.
Some, like me, prefer to just know the basic features of Scrivener including the ones that will be most often used. For instance, if you’re still in the process of writing your story, there is no need to know how to publish this story in Scrivener yet. There will be time for that later on when you’ve finally finished your story and you’re ready to compile it all together.
With all of the many features of Scrivener, here are the top 5 features that I consider to be the best.
When it comes to writing fiction, I would be lost without Scrivener. I’ve been using the program for years now, and working on an extended project in any other program seems like it would be a lot of hard work.
Scrivener is such a huge piece of software that there are a thousand different ways to use it. Even now, I still come across new-to-me features! The great thing about it is that it’s easy to find the things that work for you, and to customise them to make your writing process easier.
I’ve mentioned Scrivener a lot in the past, and I wanted to share a more in-detail look at some of the ways it works for me.
A few days ago I started writing using Scrivener. Right off the bat I can tell you it can be complicated. I think I’m a bit ahead of the game because I purchased and read Writing a Novel With Scrivener by David Hewson. This book will give you a head start because it lays out the basics on the parts of Scrivener you’ll use to write a novel. The most difficult piece I’ve so far discovered is creating chapters so they are actual chapters and not notebooks stuck inside other notebooks.
At first this seemed simple but I soon found out it wasn’t.
Scrivener [Mac - $45.00 & Windows - $40.00] creates a complete work area to plan, organize, write, edit and publish. One important part of the writing/editing process is maintaining consistency with the formats, words and terms used. Writers are encouraged to develop a style guide as a reference to insure consistency. Since you’ll be referring to it frequently while you’re working, doesn’t it make sense to build it inside your Scrivener project?
In this example, you see a section titled Style Guide in the left sidebar the Binder with several notes containing style information. A portion of the Word List note is visible in the work area. Having this inside the project makes it easy for me to check on the correct use of the words and terms I use within my manuscript. I’ve also created a note to define how I want to format things like dates or tables. And, since these are standards I will use in any writing project, I can save this information in a template and have it all set up for me when I create my next writing project in Scrivener.
Scrivener is a writing studio application for windows and OS X. Its a word processor at heart but can do so much more with its tools built in. It’s functionality allows for multiple uses whether your writing a book, ebook, casual documents or even script writing etc. It basis is on that of a binder and how you’d organized documents in a physical binder taking big stories etc and breaking them down easier to organize and access.