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Quick-Start for Scrivener for Windows

teacher avatar Lindsey Backen, Bringing Stories to Life

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6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Understanding Scrivener

    • 2. Creating and Importing Documents

    • 3. Changing Folders and Icons

    • 4. Photos and Compositional Mode

    • 5. Changing Text for Export and Your Workspace

    • 6. Scrivener for Windows Introduction

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This class covers the basics of using the Windows version of the Scrivener program. It is designed to teach all the features you need to know to quickly get your project up and running.

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1. Understanding Scrivener: Scrivener is a great writing program and easy to understand if you will think about it as a filing cabinet. In this filing cabinet, you have your draft, which is your top drawer, and your research, which is your bottom drawer. Anything, including folders and text documents or files that you include in your top drawer, will be exported together in order to make the creation that your reader will see. So it's very important that you put things in the order that you wanted to export. There are two ways to set up your manuscript. One is to have one folder for each chapter of your story, which allows you to make files for different parts of that chapter that you can easily rearrange However you like just by clicking and dragging the files wherever you need them to appear for a more simple project, you can also make a folder for each book and simply add each text document for every chapter. If you'll see here, I'm clicking on the actual text were in the text of you, which means you'll be able to see the writing. However, if I want to see it. All the text together I could come and click on the folder that takes us to the card view or the pegboard view, and you can see that I have things here if you come up here. I've even got notes and data imported into my cards so you can add things that you want just by clicking on it. Chloe waits in the woods. She doesn't remember what she is, and that's a really easy way that you can use whenever you're brainstorming or outlining Here. You can also see the metadata will show you whether you're in the first draft, the revised draft or if its characters, plots or other color coded information that you might need to know. In the bottom drawer you have research. This will include anything you need on hand to write or research your book, but don't want to include in your documents for the readers. Anything in your bottom drawer will not be exported unless you change the settings to include it. You can see here I have characters by clicking here, I can see the photographs that I put in the characters because we're in the pegboard or I can easily see all of the information together because I'm in a folder. If I click on a file, it will show you on Lee what is on the opposite end of that particular card in scrivener, especially in the later versions. One of the neat features is that you can add extra notes. This is Scrivener one. It's an earlier version, so it's a little bit more complicated. But whenever I click here, I can see my information. You can see that these air actually Web pages, and it will take me to a link that will take me to the Web page. I'm not online right now, so you can't see that. However, in the new versions of Scrivener, when you insert your link, it will come up on the screen and you will be able to read the links straight from scrivener program. Another good thing about Scrivener is that it actually saves automatically as you right. So if you're going along in your story and something happens to your computer, you are going to lose less than a minute of your work. If you lose anything at all, I'm going to show you all the basics of scrivener so that you can be jump started on your own story. 2. Creating and Importing Documents: When you open scrivener, you will see the new project window. This has templates inside that will help set up your project. Whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction scripts or random things in the fiction, you will have some front matter. You will also have characters and locations, sketches already in your manuscript. However, sometimes it's easier to start with a blank folder. So you go through and just decide what things you need by reading down here. And we'll look at the fiction document for now. So we'll say the name of our document is between to It's going to send it to the documents . If you don't need to make a new document, you might need to open one you've been working on here. You can see that I already have between in here. So like it, click on that or you could open existing project. So we're going to put in i thing save as where we want to save it on the desktop and hit create. Here you will see the novel format. This is your binder, and here you will see how to use the formatting that is already in the novels. Here we have our top drawer the manuscript door. This will include everything that the readers going to see so they have a folder and they have a text document for the scene. It also includes a place for characters and places. If we look at the characters in the import view, we can see this would be the top of the card, and this would be, Ah, place for more writing. We have things for the front matter. The neat thing about doing the front matter already built in is that scrivener will compile this text. However it needs to look. And so, whenever you add in your information into the front matter that are already set up, you'll have a manuscript format, a paperback novel or an e book. It will look pretty much the same here, but when you come to compile, you can see that I can compile for print. I can do a PdF. I could do a word document, even a Web page. Or if I scroll down, I have a lot of options for E books. Movie would be a different e book kind, and the wonderful thing about Scripter is that even though your information looks the same here, depending on which setting you send it to, it will change up the look of your manuscript when you export it. So what happens if you already have a story that you want to import? Indiscriminate Er, You can easily do that by adding a new text document placing your cursor inside so scrivener knows where you want to import it and then go to file import. Now here you can import one whole file, select your file and hit open. You'll see a warning sign that says that your text will be converted and it may not come into media files, which should go in your other door and see it's already in there. Now I want to go through and split this up into chapters, and so I would find the place. I want the first split, which would be here, and I could hit control and K together, and you can see that it just made a new document with both of my manuscripts so I can scroll down and find each place that I would like to put those in and again hit control or K. Now there's another way to do this and you can see that this has a hashtag which will be for our next import method. However, if the control K doesn't work for you, you can easily go up to documents and hit split at selection. And now we have it into three sections. Now, we have a lot of story lines here, and some of it's a little confusing. So I'm going to say, you know what? I want to start over and get rid of that. I can drag it down to the trash Now you can see this in the trash can. It will not leave the trash can. And that way, if I realize Oh, I actually do need this one, I can open this folder, grab whatever I need and drag it back. This is a great way. That means you cannot lose your work unless you really, really try. And the way that you have to actually get rid of your trash is by right clicking on trash and hit empty trash. And even now it will come up with a warning sign. Are you sure you want to delete thes things? This cannot be undone. Deleting and pressing OK is the only way that you can fully lose your work out of scrivener , which is great. So now I want to come back and re import my stories going toe Addie's file Go to file import. This time I'm going to import it and split it and we can see that sections are separated by hashtag. If you have separated them a different way, you can delete this and put whatever you want in choose our part. It will take a few minutes because this is a rather large document. But you can see whenever it imports it that you suddenly have all of your chapters in one section and everywhere that it has made a hashtag will be a new section already in there and ready to go. So that is probably the easiest way. If you were having a lot of trouble with this, you can also go to your original documents hit control and a to cop. Be all control, see to copy and then come back to Scrivener Control V and your story will be copy and pasted into the document again. All of these ways air effective, the import is best, but this way you have options 3. Changing Folders and Icons: Now what happens if you need to change a file into a folder or folder into a file? All you have to do is right. Click Choose, convert to file, or you can go back and choose. Convert to Boulder. Don't forget that you can move thes folders around and you should, because when you go to the export feature, they will be exported in exactly the order that they show here. Earlier, we looked at the character file that had information on what our status waas. Here you can see I have character. I have information about Chloe, who was the main character. I can also go to corkboard mode and see the photographs that I put in about the characters . If I right click, I can go toe label or status here. I'm going to put first draft and again, right click. We'll go down to change icon, and I'll choose to change what the top icon looks like. 4. Photos and Compositional Mode: So what happens when you're ready to work on your story? But you don't want to be distracted by all the things that are around the text. There's an easy way to do this in compositional mode by clicking the black box. Now you can see just your text. If you bring your mouse down to the bottom of the page, you can adjust the size that your text appears, making it larger or smaller. You can move it from center to right or left, or even adjust the wit to make it look more like it will when it is a book. If you go to the left side, you can also adjust the background how clear or invisible it is in further versions of scrivener, there's a way to customize the background. You can also add images to scrivener. Simply place your cursor where you want the image to appear and choose. Insert an image file from here. You can choose the location of your file, and when you click open, the image will appear in your text. You can change the image further by right clicking, and then you can change the size of the image. Images are compatible with text. You can write the text right after the image or move it down and continue 5. Changing Text for Export and Your Workspace: There are two ways of styling, your texts and scrivener. The first is for the exportation process on will change depending on the settings that you use. However, if you have certain stylistic choices that you don't want changed, you can manually style them by highlighting and going to the preset button. From here, you can choose the presets, which could be modified within the program. If you want to style individual words, simply highlight the word and use the bold italics or even underlying any stylistic choices that you use. Using the style bar will be exported, so make sure that you only highlight what you want. So what happens if you're working in scrivener and you hate the way the text looks? There is a way to change the appearance of the text within the scrivener program without affecting what happens when you export. To do this, simply go to tools and click options. From here, you can go to editor and change the text. However you want it to appear. You can see now that it's much larger and I've made it look like handwriting in later versions of Scrivener. When you hit apply, you will see these changes in your tax document. However, we're in an earlier version, so these changes will not take place until the text that we right after we have made this application to see what I'm talking about. I'm going to open a new document and when I began writing, you will see that the text has changed according to our specifications. Now will come up to the compile feature and export the document as a PDS. Remember that in the exploitation process, the only thing that you will see is what is included in your top drawer, the draft, everything after research will not be included. But you can see now that I have a pdf open that we have our text. But it has changed appearances according to the specifications Scrivener gave it during the export process. If we were to go back and change it into an e pub or a different text document, it would again change and look entirely different. Even though in the scrivener program it looks the same 6. Scrivener for Windows Introduction: how? What is this? These were my thoughts. As I stared at the screen of my computer the first time I opened Scrivener, I'd heard such great things about it. Its ease of navigation, the built in areas to keep your research and photos is part of the project. The features that allowed you to see the structure of your entire novel in the screen. But this was complicated even for my computer savvy self. The good news is I have worked with Scrivener for several years now and I'm here to help you set up your own documents and learn all the basics that you need to know in order to get your project up and running. Scrivener is a great program. You just have to know how to find your way around it. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a new document. Important existing document. Insert photos, change the text, changed the way your workspace looks and export your project. You will learn everything you need to know. In order to start your project. The class project for this program is to start your project at a photo, stylized your text and then upload your first chapter or section of your project. I'm looking forward to seeing all the different projects people are working on. And please let me know how this tutorial has helped, Do you? This tutorial is for the Windows version of Scrivener and starts with the basic version. So it might be a little different than the one you're looking at. If you are interested in a beginning tutorial for the Mac version, that's in the works to just let me know that you want it. And don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more videos on writing and acting and how you can blend the two together.