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Scrivener Simplified - Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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9 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

      1:04
    • 2. Your Class Project for the Course

      0:37
    • 3. An Investment All Writers Should Make

      1:06
    • 4. Don’t Make The Same Mistake I Made

      1:45
    • 5. Why Scrivener is a No Brainer

      1:16
    • 6. Overview of Importing a Word File into Scrivener

      2:57
    • 7. Preparing Your Word File for Import

      1:09
    • 8. Importing Your Word File into Scrivener

      1:33
    • 9. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up

      1:19

About This Class

Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File is actually the introductory lesson to the Scrivener Simplified series on Skillshare (see a full list of the classes below), which is aimed at self-published authors, content creators and other writers, who are looking to upgrade their writing tool of choice in order to increase their writing productivity.

In this particular class, you will learn:

  • Why you should stop using a word processor to write your book and upgrade to Scrivener instead
  • How to take a book that you have already written in Word and import it into Scrivener

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Scrivener Simplified Series

1). Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File

2). How to Setup the Research for Your Book with the Research Folder in Scrivener

3). How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener

4). How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

5). How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener

6). How to Save Time and Money Formatting Your eBook Using the Compile Feature within Scrivener

Transcripts

1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James Art and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which shows you why you should write your next book in Scriven and how to import a word filing to Scrivener as well. The class is actually the first part of the Scriven, a simplified Siri's, which is aimed at self published offers, content creators and other writers who were looking to upgrade their writing tool of choice in order to increase their writing productivity. In this particular class, you will learn why you should stop using a word processor to write your book, an upgrade to scrivener instead, and how to take a book that you have already written in words on imported into Scriven to go ahead and enrolled in my class, and I look forward to seeing you on the inside. 2. Your Class Project for the Course: Hello. In this short video, I'm going to talk about your class project for this course. Quite simply. Once you've completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to take a book or a document that you have written inward and import it into Scriven. You should then take a screenshot of your imported book or document and posted to the project Gallery. So good luck with your project. And I look forward to seeing your successfully imported book in the Project gallery soon. 3. An Investment All Writers Should Make: Let's look at the reasons why Scriven er is such an important investment. And, boy, if you're still using a word processor to write your book, it might be time for an upgrade. I could wax lyrical about Scriven of for hours, and believe me, I have done so. But for the purposes of this video, I will simply say that the reason Scriven er is the second of the four key investments every self published authors should make is all down to productivity. Scriven will save you valuable time in all aspects of your writing, whether that being researching your book, the building of characters, the setting of scenes, plots outlining distraction, free writing, meeting word, count targets or the formatting and compiling of your books. And as we all know, time is money. 4. Don’t Make The Same Mistake I Made: now, As it happens, this is actually a financial investment that I did make right at the beginning of my career . As a writer. I was an early adopter of Screnar, and at the time my purchasing decision was based purely on price. Back then, Scrivener was a fraction of the cost of its competitors, most of whom no longer exist. And I was quite happy to invest the $45 to help give my writing the kick up the backside it needed. It was certainly more luck than judgement that led me to buy Scriven er, But boy, did I get lucky. Unfortunately, although I had made a financial commitment in buying Scrivener, I then made the mistake of not following this up with the necessary time investment to make the most out of it. The result. Waas that I ended up using scrivener as a fancy word processing for the next few years. Yes, it was still preferable to writing in word or pages, but it was only when I decided to get really serious about my writing that I revisited scribbler and took the time to learn how to use the software effectively. I also invested in a course there showed me how to make the most of Scriven er By using the software in the way it was meant to be used, I suddenly found the my entire mindset towards writing changed. 5. Why Scrivener is a No Brainer: it was no longer a case of writing when the moment took me. Suddenly I was writing regularly. I was writing quickly, and I was writing with purpose. And I have no doubt a tool that Scriven er helped play a big part in this transformation. Incredibly, although Scriven, a 2.0, is almost unrecognisable from the piece of software I purchased all those years ago, the price has remained the same. $45 is, quite frankly, a ridiculous price. Personally, I would happily pay 10 times as much for such an important piece of software. The fact is, I have happily paid and sometimes not so happily paid 10 times as much. And Mawr, for the equivalent, must have application in other industries. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the folks that literature and large for not only creating a wonderful piece of software, but also for pricing it so reasonably 6. Overview of Importing a Word File into Scrivener: If you're brand new to Scrivener, then the reality is that you may well have an unfinished book or novel that you began writing inward, on which you would now like to finish writing within Scriven. Or it may be the case that you have already finished your book in world and would like to import the book into scrivener in order to take advantage of Scriven iss compiling feature . It is actually relatively straightforward to import a book which has been written or partly written within word. To get the text of the book into scrivener. All you need to do is create a new project. Here I am using the blank template and then simply click home file import and then click on files. You then locate your word document. I have created a new document for this example called book example and then you click on import and Scrivener begins to import the word file into your binder. Like So. Okay, so now you have your complete word file, whether that be a finished or partially finished book within a single file in your script in a binder. Now, this is obviously far from ideal. You could of course, copy and paste. Different segments of the text, for example, scenes or chapters and then creator Siris of new files within Scriven er So let's say like copy the text room, Chapter one and then at a new file, a name it Chapter one and then paste the text into the new file. So now I have manually created a chapter within Scriven ER, and you can, of course, rinse and repeat and manually add all of your chapters or scenes. In this way, however, there is an automated way of doing this, which, depending on the size of your book, is a lot quicker. But more importantly, it probably lessens the chance of any mistakes. To use this automated way of importing your word created book into scrivener, you will need to prepare the word document first. So I'm going to open up my book. Example. We're document and I will show you what I mean by preparing the word document 7. Preparing Your Word File for Import: So here I am in word. And as you can see, I have started writing a book. I haven't actually written much only four chapters. But nonetheless, I would like to import the book into scrivener in such a way that each of my chapters are recognized as separate files within the Scriven of Binder. What I need to do in order to achieve this is to mark the different chapters using a symbol . Now, this could be any unique symbol you see fit. But for this example, I am going to use a hashtag. So I simply place a hashtag immediately before each new chapter. Like so So that's criminal will know where to split the text and place it into separate files. Once I've done that for every chapter or seen in my book, liken safe the file as it is now ready to be imported into scribbler 8. Importing Your Word File into Scrivener: Okay, here we are, back in Scrivener. And before I import my book, I'm going to delete these files that we've created, so there is no confusion. That's better, Bryant. So all you need to do is click on file, then import, but this time you need to click on import and split and you'll notice down here a little box that says sections are separated by. And this is where you need to put the symbol that you used as a marker to separate the different chapters or scenes within your word file, and this actually defaults to a hashtag. So if you use the hashtag is your symbol, you don't actually need to change anything here. Well, you need to do is locate your word file and then click on import again. It's criminal works in the background, importing your book into the binder, but this time each of your chapters have bean imported separately, a separate files within Scriven er and Walla, your word created book is now ready to be added to edited or compiled within Scriven 9. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up: I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for completing the course. I hope you got a lot out of it. And if so, please take the time to leave a positive review as it really would mean a lot to me. I also hope that you'll take the time to complete the class project and posted to the Project Gallery. Don't forget that this class is just one of a series of classes about scrivener, so please make sure you check out the remaining classes in the Siri's are really liked the community it skill share and will certainly be adding many more classes in the coming weeks and months. So it might be worth following me in order that you don't miss out when I release a brand new class. And if you have any questions about this course or any of my other courses, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Just drop me a line via the contact form on my website, how to publish an e book. I really would love to hear from you