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.
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!
I just recently found out about Scrivener. I am not a writer and was not searching for software to write a book, rather I am a doctoral student with mounds of research articles and was in need of a way to organize my research, my thoughts, and my writing for my dissertation proposal. Prior to Scrivener I would say I had a pretty good organization system, but it is nothing compared to how organized I feel now with Scrivener! I had folders in Dropbox containing the pertinent research articles, but I still had to open each folder, find the article, then open an excel sheet which had a quick summary of each article, then return back to MS Word and figure out where I had left off writing.
A scrivener is a scribe, copyist, or clerk, someone who deals with paperwork or words. I’ve always liked this word because of the sound of it. It sounds like ‘scribble’ which is what I imagine most scriveners doing. Indeed scribe, scribble, and scrivener all trace their origin from the same latin roots, scribere ‘to write’.
My attachment to this word runs even deeper than an appreciation of its phonetics, however. You see, for reasons which I’ve since forgotten, for some reason I actually started to write a play once in college entitled ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’. It was based off Herman Melville’s short story of the same name in which a melancholy copyist gradually loses his will to live. It’s an odd and tragic tale which hardly seems like it would have made for an interesting play but for some reason I chose to start writing it. The work was never finished and, as far as I know, remains lost in the dustbin of abandoned ideas, but it makes for an interesting memory.
But there is another, more recent connection which I’ve also developed to the word that might prove more practical to those reading this, especially if they are writers or students. I’m referring now to the computer software called Scrivener.
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Documenting an amateur radio station is very easy when you have one radio running barefoot (no amp or other gear), yet gets very complex quickly with each additional radio/operating station or accessory exponentially adding complexity to the documentation effort.
I am experimenting with using two writer’s tools to plan and document my station:
Scrivener – a multi-file cross-file editor and project writing system.
Scapple – a freeform graphical relationship editor.
Do you use Scrivener writing software to write your books?
Writer Justin Swapp has collected a series of free Scrivener templates on his blog, helping short story writers and novelists plan their work more effectively. A few of the templates even follow popular methods for plotting a novel (like the hero’s journey or the snowflake method), useful storytelling techniques for any writer.
To use these templates, you need to buy the Scrivener software. The links below will download zipped versions of the templates you can use with the program…
One thing I’ve also quickly learned to love is the labels function. I use it in a variety of ways. For example, for my Triple Trouble series, which is growing into a massive project, I can use them to color-code characters. Like wolves one color, dragons another, jaguars, etc. Makes it easy when I’m looking for a character to find them that way.
This last spring I finally finished the first draft on a NaNoWriMo novel I started back in November, 2011. Spanning several years, computers and locations, I thought I’d share the software/hardware system I used for writing it.
It’s quite simple really (with a few twists), I used Literature and Latte’s Scrivener for almost all of it.
Many Texts—One Manuscript
Scrivener is not only a powerful document manager—it is also a capable word processor. Like iWork, Scrivener relies upon an Inspector for key functionality such as adding comments and footnotes, assigning labels and statuses, and entering synopses, keywords, and metadata. Although the software is somewhat limited in Style Sheets, it compensates with clever features for both fiction writers and researchers. With the Name Generator (Edit/Writing Tools), novelists can generate names via gender, alliteration, and obscurity. When working from a web browser, a researcher can access add or emend Drafts from the Scrivener Scratch Pad (Command + Shift + Return).
It is possible to write an entire week’s worth of blog posts in just an hour. In fact, I just started my digital timer to prove the point. In this post I’m going to explain exactly how I accomplished this feat, and how you can too.