How to get the most out of Scrivener Composition Mode

It has so many features that it’s hard for anyone to pick their favourite part of Scrivener, the writing software that has been adopted by everyone from amateurs to professional authors. But one popular feature is its “Composition Mode” — a full-screen, distraction-free view that aims to allow the user to concentrate solely on getting their words on the page.

Yesterday, Twitter user @Alvesang posted a photo of his Composition Mode, and it was lovely. Since it took me a little while to figure out how to tweak the default options to achieve the same thing, I thought I’d write up how to do it.

via How to get the most out of Scrivener Composition Mode | The Watchmaker Project.

Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt

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.

via Scrivener: Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt | Liz Long.

Choose the right line length to read your work

Most of the time I write in Scrivener Composition Mode, or full screen as it used to be known before OS X came along with its own option of that name. In Composition Mode you see nothing but words. But there are different ways to see those words. The key variable is… line length. How many characters do you see horizontally across the white space of the full screen page.

You vary the line length using this control.

via Quick Scrivener tip: choose the right line length to read your work | David Hewson•com.