These are my favourite Scrivener features.
Other word processors just don’t ‘get me’ like Scrivener. Here’s why:
1. Where was I? Scrivener stops me losing track.
Whenever I open a WIP Scrivener project, I’m taken to where I left off. When revising this is super helpful.
2. Idea locker
Research, snippets of ideas, deleted scenes all safely collected in files within the same project, ready to access as and when needed.
I also collect pictures to inspire setting or characterisation and upload writing tip docs to refer to during the writing process. Basically, I can collect any related contact and save it in one organised project.
3. Information storage
My family all used Scrivener for university, too, to collate reference materials, class notes and slides, contact details for each module’s lecturer, research relevant to each module. References collected and saved. Everything organised into one tidy module project. So much better than lots of separate Word docs clogging up my hard drive.
Every writer dreads the day they lose their work. It’s happens to many of us, I’m sure. But Scrivener will protect us all from this nightmare using an autosave.
5. Do not disturb!
Are you distracted by anything that surrounds the text area while writing? Scrivener’s full screen composition mode removes those distractions, allowing me to focus on writing. I can even change the background to suit my mood.
6. Meet those targets.
Track my progress is a real incentive to keep going. Scrivener project target facility keeps track of word counts per session (which rest at midnight), overall word count of the project—a limit you set for yourself, along with a deadline you set yourself. This keeps me on track by reminding me of my daily/weekly word count requirements, and the deadline countdown.
7. At a glance entire story structure:
If you write or plan using index cards, this is a great feature. Scrivener’s creators, describe the Corkboard thus:
- Using Scrivener’s virtual corkboard, you can get an overview of your project and rearrange the documents using their synopses only.
- If you don’t like the corkboard background, you can change it to one of your choice, or just a flat color. You can even make the index cards look more like Post-It notes if that is your preference.
The Binder contains your individual scenes and/or chapters. This is brilliant because it allows me to concentrate on each separately, and to move them around as easily as click and drag. I can see at a glance, either in list form or on the corkboard, every scene and chapter in my MS, including a mini description.
Here is a screen shot from Scrivener’s creators, which illustrates the corkboard (there is also another version with yellow posits on a corkboard, but the idea is the same—at a glance breakdown of your book):
8. Where’s it gone?
I upload so many files/research/picture and inspirational posts I occasionally forget where I filed them within the project. Scrivener’s advanced search option helps me to locate anything in my project. No long, frustrating searches!
9. For the self-publishers
Indie-authors need to spend hours formatting for all those pesky platforms or pay someone else to do so. At a cost! The ability to export the Scrivener file to e-books is brilliant and takes minutes! I can select a file type, select compile, and vwalla – it compiles and formats into either an EPUB or MOBI file, just like that! Other options are RTF, TXT, DOC, PDF, and more!
This is a tiny selection of Scrivener’s features. I bought Gwen Hernandez Scrivener For Dummies, which is a brilliant guide through the many, many more features available.
So why not have a go? This created with writers in mind. It’s for people like you. It’s also perfect for students and anyone else who needs to keep work organised, collated, or who just wants to be able to format their own work without outsourcing or buying other programmes.
Also, it’s available for Mac and Windows and is extremely affordable!
Available for Mac and Windows