I was recently seduced by Ulysses, but still have the hots for this old flame I've used Scrivener since version 1.0. I've written anything and everything in it: novels, short stories, audio scripts and screenplays, stage plays, blog posts – whatever. In a recent post, I sang from the rooftops about Ulysses, which has replaced… Continue reading In Praise of Scrivener 👏
Creative software such as writing applications offer many useful tools, but they're not essential, and can actually hinder the process.
Here's a handy Scrivener tip if you want to include or exclude specific documents from Compile. SHIFT+click or CTRL+click to select or deselect documents in the right-hand Compile pane, then right-click and check or uncheck Include in Compile, as applicable. Saves a lot of clicking on individual documents, which I was doing up until today!… Continue reading Selecting multiple files at Compile stage in Scrivener
It's easy to get your writing out of Scrivener into another editor for the final polish using the Compile function. In my case, I always compile to Microsoft Word. Something I've wrestled with for a while, however, is getting the headers and footers in Word just how I want them. Fortunately, as with most things… Continue reading Setting Headers and Footers at Compile Stage in Scrivener
Scrivener's Project Targets tool is great for keeping an eye on word count, especially if you're writing something to a prescribed length. On a Mac, to set your targets and check progress call up the Project Targets window using SHFT+CMD+T. However, you can also get an idea of your progress as you write with a… Continue reading Scrivener Tip – progress at a glance
To quickly split the screen without leaving the keyboard simply hit: SHIFT+CMD+" This makes it particularly easy to compare two Binder documents, or refer to one pane – say something you have in your Research folder – while writing in another. When working with text documents the zoom can be set independently in each. For… Continue reading Scrivener tip: Lickety-Split
Scrivener has the excellent Compose mode, which I use a lot. The thing is, though, I tend to flit between documents in the Binder quite a lot too – comparing, cutting and pasting, that sort of thing. This means I’m frequently switching in and out of Compose. But I’ve found a handy alternative. To get… Continue reading Scrivener tip – an alternative to Compose mode
If you’re in scriptwriting mode in Scrivener and want to add some text that isn’t part of the script – perhaps some notes or thoughts about the direction the story could take – you might want to switch from scriptwriting to standard mode, so that whatever you type isn’t formatted as dialogue or technical directions,… Continue reading Scrivener tip (Mac) – switching text modes