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.
more here - Scrivener Quick Tip: Building an eBook Part 1 | All Things From My Brain.
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.
more here - Three-Panel, No Binder Layout in Scrivener: A Tutorial | Beth Raymond.
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.
more here - Jason M. Hough: Scrivener – How I use it, part 2: Labels, keywords, and meta-data.
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.
via How to get the most out of Scrivener Composition Mode | The Watchmaker Project.
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.
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.
via Writing a Screenplay in Scrivener | feekwrites.
Scrivener is one of those extremely useful Mac applications that I feel is really under-appreciated. You can use it for almost any kind of content creation and if you’re a writer then it can really speed up your workflow and allow you to work more productively. It has won numerous awards from a number of high-profile sources (including Apple itself) and what’s awesome about it is that it not only helps you write, but it also keeps all of your research and notes in one handy app — so you don’t have to go searching around your Mac.
In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to get started with Scrivener by writing your first document, as well as exploring its various features and how you can use it to your advantage. Read on for my full tutorial!
via Getting Started With Scrivener | Mactuts+.
I was notified by a faithful reader and friend that I’m due for a Scrivener tutorial, and the topic to be addressed is how to create a table.
This all came about in a discussion about importing new templates into Scrivener. Denise, the above mentioned friend and reader, kept piping about how fast and easy it is to create tables in Scrivener. And she’s right; the one I created took me less than one minute.
For the purpose of this tutorial I’ll focus on the tables that many writers create modeled after the one in Debra Dixon’s book, Goal, Motivation, Conflict: Go to Format=>Table=>Table. A window will appear where you can set how many rows, columns that you’ll need for this specific table.
via Creating a Table in Scrivener.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about using images in Scrivener lately, especially from those interested in producing e-books. There are several ways to handle images in Scrivener, and I’ll provide a run down of the basics here.
First of all, the Windows version isn’t caught up yet on using image tags, so to insert an image into a project in Scrivener for Windows, you can either copy it from somewhere and paste it in, or import it to the Binder (outside the Manuscript/Draft folder) and drag it into the desired document.
This works in Mac as well.
Images in Scrivener are added inline, which means they’re treated like a character as far as word-wrapping goes. To resize an image, right-click and choose Edit Image (Windows) or Scale Image (Mac).
Mac users also have access to the image placeholder tag. There are several handy ways to use the placeholder tag.
more here - Tech Tuesday: Inserting Images in Scrivener | The Edited Life.