In 2013 I spent ten days on a writing project that ended up earning $55,000. But I’ll never collect a penny of it…and yet I’m perfectly OK with that. What I wrote was a grant application for a local fire department.
Grantwriting–an application-based process for convincing moneyed individuals and institutions to fund public-good projects–can be an excellent way for writers to use their skills to the betterment of their communities. That’s because it draws on many of the same skills that writing a book does:
Crafting a compelling narrative
Conscientious follow-up and administration.
Not surprisingly, I find Scrivener to be an outstanding grantwriting tool. I work with several different charitable organizations and public service agencies, and I keep a separate project for each one, but they all share a common structure and rationale, so I’d like to share those with you.
Let’s say you’ve gotten Scrivener all set up the way you like it. You’ve added keywords (keyword how-to), adjusted the corkboard (corkboard how-to), and even made the label and status features work for you (label & status how-to). What if you want to save all of that for another project?
First, you need to understand the difference between a layout and a template.
The layout is where you’ve placed everything and how you’ve adjusted the screen you’re working in. For example, making the window size bigger or changing the visibility of the binder. Think of it as rearranging the items on your writing desk for the perfect work space.
I’ve gotten a couple of requests to share the Scrivener template I put together for working on FAIREST, based on specific formatting requests I received from my editor, so I thought it’d be great to share it with everyone, as it’s by far the best comic script format I’ve worked with.
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.
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.
In a previous entry [Writing with Scrivener] I talked about my Writer’s Notebook that I maintain using Scrivener. Well I finally had some time to create a blank Writer’s Notebook. This Scrivener file contains a shell of a story notebook, some writing helps I’ve collected, the writing templates I use, and the custom icons I’ve collected over time. These are available for you to use as you wish. If you don’t like some of the files I have, delete them. Whatever you want, I just hope it helps those who want something like this.
Scrivener is a great tool for both the fledgling and seasoned writer. The ability to design a template that allows an intuitive workflow on every project is one of its strongest points. Once you find out what works best for you writing style you can tweak and reuse a single template.
In a my previous article about how I use Scrivener as a Writer’s Notebook, I mentioned, briefly, that I create templates for quick story cataloging. Today I’ll dive deeper in how I deal with templates in my Writer’s Notebook. In this article I’m going to talk about two different kinds, 1st party and 3rd party templates.
These days, I couldn’t imagine writing a book without Scrivener. Whenever I get an idea for a book the first thing I do is create a Scrivener file.I’m by no means a Scrivener guru, but I’ve been using it for a long time, so people tend to ask me questions about it. One of the most common questions, particularly from Challenge members, is: “Which template should I use?”