I love Scrivener for new projects; nothing helps me outline, keep track of things, and have my entire manuscript in one, easy to reference place like Literature & Latte’s brainchild. Unfortunately, it’s a little intimidating if you don’t know how to use it, so I decided to show a few of my Scrivener projects to give people a visual idea.
Today’s tutorial focuses on the basic parts of the Editor–the area where you’ll be writing, editing and revising your draft.
Like any word processing program, the Editor has a format bar, which you can hide by going to Format->Hide Format Bar. The format bar consists of the following tools: presets, font family, typface, font size, text attributes, text alignment, text color, highlight color, line spacing, and list style. If you’ve used a word processor you know how to fiddle around with each of these tools.
more here - The Editor Dissected | Simply Scrivener.
Make sure you have your manuscript formatted in Scrivener. I suggest using very simple formatting.
This is a video tutorial demonstrating how to export a novel from Scrivener using collections for different versions (Amazon, Kobo, print versions, etc.).
I’ve had some people asking about creating eBooks using Scrivener. Personally, I find Scrivener’s eBook and ePub Compile to be quite useful, but you have to dig into the settings to truly pull out a quality eBook. Can you use the defaults? Yes. But if you spend a little time playing with the settings, your eBook will benefit and your readers will appreciate the effort as they receive something on par with what publishers are producing.
Since this is something more in-depth than what I normally cover, I’m going to do so in multiple parts over the next few weeks. This will also keep me from overwhelming you (hopefully) with a massive infodump. For this series of Quick Tips, I’m going to focus on Fiction. If you have a Non-Fiction Project, much of this will still apply.
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about using the writing program, Scrivener, on an 11-inch MacBook Air using a three-panel layout. A few months after I wrote that post, however, I changed my layout so that the Corkboard controls the content of the middle document panel. Yet when I recently answered some questions about my old layout, I discovered that I couldn’t quite recall how I’d managed to get my new layout working as it does. It took me a surprisingly long time to figure out how to re-create it, so I thought it might be helpful to describe the process in case it helps someone else.
Thus, without further ado, here is a step-by-step tutorial for setting up the following three-panel layout using Scrivener 2.4.1.
First, let’s recap the main takeaway from part 1: Name your chapters to denote what happens in them. The list can (and does, for me) end up serving as your outline, which makes it incredibly easy to navigate your book later.
There are all kinds of ways you can use keywords in Scrivener. And the beauty of it is that they’re so simple to use.For my latest project, I used keywords for three things. One, to keep track of several storylines. Two, to make sure characters showed up consistently throughout the story. And three, to see where I had included communication and what type between two of the characters.
more here - I Write for Apples: Scrivener – Keywords.
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.
I recently got a new text processing program called Scrivener. It’s oriented towards the writing process; you don’t use it to format text and produce final output. You use it to outline, shuffle, and put down words. I think it’s awesome for pen and paper gaming work, and I wanted to document my current workflow with an extended example.
So I want to slam together a quick dungeon for D&D 4e, henceforth known as the Descent Into The Doomful Depths. We’ll say it’s going to be a single level for now, and I’ll aim it at my current group, which just hit 4th level. I’ll grab a map from the great collection of dungeon maps at Paratime Design — let’s use this one.
more here - Population: One » Scrivener and RPG Writing.