Outlining a broadcast script using Scrivener

Someone asked about Scrivener the other day, which is one of my favorite programs. They wanted to know if it was good to use for longform news articles. And it is.

But it got me thinking that the program – which is heavy-duty story outlining and structuring software – can be used for shorter stories, including audio and visual scripts. I went back into my files and found a story I worked with students on where we built a script using Scrivener.

First: Scrivener is a powerful outlining and compilation program. You can use it to organize a novel, a magazine article, a legal brief.  It’s so powerful that I don’t think most people scratch the surface of what it does; they use it to form chapters, move stuff around and write.  Every student that I’ve shown it to as an organizational tool thinks it’s amazing.  It’s especially useful if you think in stories in terms of modules.

more here - JuddSlivka.com – Outlining a broadcast script using Scrivener.

Using Scrivener on an 11-inch MacBook Air

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.

More here - Using Scrivener on an 11-inch MacBook Air. | Beth Raymond.

Five Things Tamara Ireland Stone Loves About Scrivener

I’m a Scrivener fan. I’ve talked with a lot of writers who are as evangelical about this program as I am (many even more so), and I’ve probably met an equal number who have tried it and found that it didn’t fit their needs. But from what I can tell, a lot of writers are still curious about it.

If you’re in the third camp, this post is for you.

more here - The League of Extraordinary Writers: Five Things Tamara Ireland Stone Loves About Scrivener.

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.

Writing a Synopsis using Scrivener

If you plan to enter contests or submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher, you probably need to write a synopsis.  Most writers I know dread writing the darn thing.  In a few pages (usually in five pages or less), you are required to describe your entire manuscript, provide goals, motivations and conflicts for your main characters, explore their character arcs and include major plot points.  Luckily, I’ve found a way which doesn’t totally get rid of the pain but does make the process less stressful.  And I do it using Scrivener.

via Writing a Synopsis using Scrivener « Crit Divas.

Scrivener for Writers

I’m in love. And it isn’t even Valentine’s Day.

About a year and a half ago–just after the birth of my second kiddo–I did something unexpected. I bought a writing program. I’m not even 100% sure how I found out about it. Although I think I may have heard about it from Robert K. Lewis. And his recommendations have never steered me wrong. Seriously. He’s the man.

Anyway, I was having troubles keeping my head straight and dealing with all these pieces in a complex manuscript I was working on. It felt like all the time I spent on my manuscript was me trying to make heads or tails of it, figuring out where I had left off, remembering what happened when, to whom, and where, who was doing what, what happened first, and basically spending my time “getting into it.”

So, I bought Scrivener* for something like $40. Then I spent about 2 precious hours that I didn’t have on taking their free tutorial.

I made that time up within a week.

Best time and money spent.

via Scrivener for Writers – Jean Oram (.com)Jean Oram (.com).

Making Outlines Neater with Synopses

For the novel workshop I’m going to this summer (er, next month, yikes), I need to send people an outline. I had an outline already: a bunch of index cards stuck to my white board, color coded by point of view. Since taking a photo of it probably wouldn’t be helpful, I typed everything into Scrivener. (And forgot to take a photo of my white board before I took them all down.)

via Scrivener: Making Outlines Neater with Synopses | Elizabeth Shack.

Index Card and Scrivener

As a writer, I frequently find my brain occupied by ideas for my current writing project—or the project I’d rather be working on right now, or the one that’s only just starting to germinate in my brain. On my Mac, all my musings and ideas go into the excellent Scrivener. While there’s currently no Scrivener for iOS, the app does allow for syncing with iOS apps, one of which is DenVog’s $5 Index Card for the iPad.

via Index Card Version: 3.0.0 Review | iPad Productivity App | Macworld.