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The Essential Scrivener Guide | A Novelist's Guide

Matthew Dewey, Writer, Writing Tutor

The Essential Scrivener Guide | A Novelist's Guide

Matthew Dewey, Writer, Writing Tutor

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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. (1) Scrivener Introduction

    • 2. (2) Scrivener Creating File

    • 3. (3) Scrivener Character Corkboard

    • 4. (4) Scrivener Places Scenes Corkboard

    • 5. (5) Scrivener Template Sheets

    • 6. (6) Scrivener Research Tab

    • 7. (7) Scrivener Compiling your Novel

    • 8. (8) Scrivener Conclusion

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Scrivener is a widely used writing application. Many high ranking authors have used the program which has only further boosted its fame. My course aims to teach you only the essential needs for writing a novel using Scrivener. I do provide you with tips and extra features that can be used to aid you in your pursuit. However, this isn't a course consisting of a video per button. This course aims to cut out all the unnecessary features that don't directly affect your writing or story making process. What I provided is a time saving tutorial after which you can use Scrivener like an experienced author, spending more time on your masterpiece.

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Matthew Dewey

Writer, Writing Tutor


I have been writing and teaching for years, helping tens-of-thousands of students achieve their goals, be it completing their novel or publishing their work. Having written several novels, non-fiction books, hundreds of short stories and articles, I have studied and put into practice the best methods for writing effectively and efficiently.

In addition to writing, I am also a programmer and artist, teaching what I know on the subject and helping those interested get a headstart.

If you want to write a novel, a story that has been on your mind and not on paper for too long, my courses will not only help you start, but I will be there as well. Any work you submit, I will happily read, review. If you need professional advice or a friendly opinion, I will be there for both.See full profile

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1. (1) Scrivener Introduction: Hello and welcome to your scrim intercourse. My name is Matthew Dewey. I'm a published author who has gone through many writing programs, and in my experience, Scrivener comes out on top. First, let me begin by giving you an overview of what is in this course, the course will contain all the videos you'll need to get started. I'll show you how to create your file customers settings and take full advantage off Scriven ist key features finally ending with how to export to finish book to a E reader format. This course offers the essentials with the bonus Tapie. Any scrivener contains many functions that can no doubt help you if you're writing, but some functions have no rial worth When writing a novel, my intention is to save your term and cut all those point little essence out This way you have more time to focus on writing. So without further ado, let's begin in the next video. We'll show you how to create a blank file to write your book in as well as customizing tip That'll help your raw team 2. (2) Scrivener Creating File: Hello and welcome to your central Scriven. Of course, in this video, I'm going to show you how to create your blank file where you'll be writing your novel. As you can see, I've already created a blank phone. But for your benefit, I'm gonna show you what the mini system looked like when I created it. First, I'm gonna goto found Click New Project and this is what you're most likely be sitting with . You'll see the getting started section want to give you some tutorials, manuals and so on. And then you have the different options you can choose for writing your novel. You can choose blank, which will give you the bare bones of what Scriven and provides. In other words, it will be similar to just a word program where you just given a page and you get to rot and then you get fiction. Fiction comes in three different styles short story novel with parts and, of course, novel love, always the recommended for beginning novelists. What it provides is blank documents where you can write your novel as well as the different corkboard functions which our show you later on, which allow you to save images and character cards and so on. This is the basic, and I would recommend this is our starting novel. Of course, novels. Parts is the exact same as novel, except it does have a sub section where you can create parts to the novel. As you know, there are many larger novels which have their own parts to them, and you get the nonfiction. Nonfiction is Luna based Thes Air, not novels. These are manuals that can help you learn so, for example, the nonfiction Basic of Year with SUBHEDS allows you to create a tutorial manual that you can then publish is obviously research Proposal on Undergraduate Humanities essay. These are just the basic stuff that you get in schools and other professional. The definition of novel is a fictional book. So in other words, if you plan a writing novels thes other three that you're going to use, of course they are Script for our Teen, which provides different visions as well. But once again, we're not gonna be on over these and these miscellaneous, which again is something that we won't be using. So we'll go straight to fiction and we'll start with the basic a novel. Not we have selected our option. We're going to give our novel name for now. Let's just call it test, because this is gonna be a test document that we're gonna be using throughout the course, and you can select way it will be saved. I'm going to save mind to the desktop. But of course, you can click, browse and select wherever you want to place your document. This is what you'll be presented with. Once you have created your file, it will give you a short tutorial on the template that you're using and how to compile it. Once you have finished writing your novel as well as many other functions that you can use later on in your novel, this is, of course, a short guard that is provided to you when you're learning Scrivener. However, you are using this course so I shall provide everything you need to know in a much more understandable medium. Next we go straight to our manuscript. The many script is in fact, our book. As you can see, it is a really created our first chapter. If we go over here and click on scene your notice you're presented of the blank document where you'll be writing your novel. Here's some text so you can see what it looks like. Now, before we in the video, I'm gonna show you how to customers the back page color and the text color. The reason you might want to do this is because the watch back on is quite stark and saw in the eyes. So it might be better to change. Its search rate will allow for easier writing and better reading. So we faced go to tools. We didn't go to options appearance editor. We're open up the drop down menu and their representative text page and various other factors in scrivener. But we are just gonna be adjusting text and page. So I'm gonna change my takes color to a broad, you know, And I'm gonna be changing my page color by clicking here to a black. Now, when I click long as you can see, it has changed the page color to back and has changed the text color to yellow. I find that this combo is much easier to read, especially when you're going through your book and editing. And that concludes our first tutorial video. In the next video, I'll be going to character boards and showing you the name generator function 3. (3) Scrivener Character Corkboard: hello and welcome to your central screw. Been, of course. And in this video, I'm gonna be sure knew The Characters Corp board as well as the extra function the name generator. Now the character corkboard is similar to that off Pinterest, where you can save images and documents and other sorts of cards that you can use to help describe a character that you're writing about and also to useful for Amanda. So actually, you don't have to backtrack through your novel to find out a certain, in fact, that you courageous for your character to go to your character. Corkboard. You just go to the characters. Bar will be here and click. As you can see, it's blanket the moment. But suppose I have an idea for character are then right. Click on the character bomb ad and then new text. This will give you a blank documents similar to that off the chapters scene that I've shown you in the previous video, where you could describe your character. But I find it's far easier to go back to your characters, quote board and just rename the car to a character's name. For example, a just say John and double click. Begin here, and you could describe your character so you could describe, are they? Look, let's say tour. You describe how they are so friendly and so on. Suppose you want to see a visual image of what you suppose they could look like you can then add. Images are simply going to your folders and in selecting an image that you like to use. So, for example, I would then selected Image and drag it onto the court boot. And then it says, Please note the text files that are imported will be converted to RT for editing. However, this doesn't mean it's gonna be attached to your book, so don't worry too much about that. You can just click OK, and now an image is saved to your court board. A do continues. If you want to look at the picture and full size within, double click on the image are gone here and voila! You can slowly build up your corkboard as characters get created throughout your book, and it is very useful to create connections between them. For example, you can call occurred um, with the labels. Now, the labels they give you Ah, different categories, but I use them to associate different characters with another characters. For example, argues Idea label, which is yellow and then give the same label to the image. So I know that these two are the same. So now I can know what John looks like and what he x lack personality. Waas and just like that have created a list of information and images that I can then use when writing or novel. And, of course, it is very important to decide what kind of names you want. Viewer characters. But suppose you want to be more dip with your character names, then you would then Google name and then camp with the meanings for names and associated with the character. For example, for the dark character, you give them a name that means something dark in that language or so on. But suppose you just want to have a ethnicity that's assigned to a character name? Well, then that's where the name generator for Scrivener comes in. It's a very useful tool when designing a name that fits the characters background. So to use the name generator, you go to tools. You go to writing tools. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see Name generator. Yeah, click on that. And then you are represented with this box, which then can use to give your characters names and gives you three options at first birth . Female male, which of course means thes are female names or male names. Or you can have all the names you can then decide the origin of the first name and the origin of the last name on back picking on this. You can then see that it has the nationalities as well as ethnicities, so you can also find our Jewish, Italian and so on. You can decide how many names are generated. Suppose you want to be given a whole list and then you can go through them. Or you just want to be given a quick name that you can use in your book for character. That's not gonna be a big key in the book, but you really do need a name for him or her. Either In Canosa decide the first name what it starts with the lanes with by deciding on which later again, this is useful. If you're doing the marvel method of naming, which is you have the same litter for both first name and the last name. Another examples, of course, mystery novels. We initials are only lift in some areas and you have to design a name that fits those initials. So you have our dean, then you can decide what it starts with, and then you be given names that fit as wells origin. And finally, you're given these three options here and the drop down menu, which gives you the full name, the first name of the last name, depending on what you're looking for. And just like that, once you have selected all your options, you click generate names, so let's create one. Now let's say we want to create a American name and we want the last name to be English origin, and we'll just leave. These is the following just so it contested out so that we generate names, as you could see, a very a very British or English sounding names here and very American first names. This is the name generator, of course. You could also get the medians checked or search for certain means for surnames, and first names are going to first name meanings over yet. So within concert, jewel and name. And then it will tell us what gender suited for the origin and meaning. So I just click Search here, which has now cleaned the dashboard. And so let's say I want to search my name and find out its meaning. I would enter on Matthew and then search, and then I'm giving up the following information gives me the origin of my name as well is the meaning behind it. Scriven. It does provide its own services. So suppose that the names that provides your very limited and you want more names because they are often Tom's that when you generate names, you're represented of the same first name or surname, which gets quite annoying after a while. Supposing you want found something completely different and it isn't offering. What you're looking for are going to this criminal whips that you were able to find more import packages that you can an import and add more names to the list. You then go to import and you'll find the following here or you have to do is select the file that you can download and then voila just like that you have extended the name generators list, of course, is the restored to defaults, which restores everything to its default. Supposing that you've adjusted all settings, but you want to restore them back to the originals. And that is a name generator, a very useful tool. And I highly recommend using it when writing a novel, because it will save you a lot of time. When designing names for characters in the next video, I'll be talking about the places Corkboard. 4. (4) Scrivener Places Scenes Corkboard: Hello and welcome back to your essential scrim intercourse. And in this video, we are going to be discussing the places Corkboard. The place is called board is the same as the characters cope board. But inside it will be talking about the scenes and places that will take place in your novel served to go to places. Corkboard is right here, below characters. So it is. Click. Yeah, and as before, we can add text which we can then use to describe the place. So we'll just say example one of forest. And then we could describe the forest. We can say that the forest is in the northern part of the world Weaken give its description of its weather so it could be cold. It could be dreary and so on. And as before, we can also add images to work or for so I have an image which we can work with. Dragon Drop and Viola. We have now a description of the place and we have an image to work off off. So again, double click on the icon and we can see the full image. Yet now, normally, books contain more scenes containing different places so you're probably add more and more as you go along in your novel. But it's a great way to keep track off your scenes as well, and as before we can then label them. So we go to our label over. Yeah, we go to it and we create a label to work with so we can say Chapter one and this callow be perfectly associated with it. So then let's choose unable Chapter one and Chapter one. Now we know that these are connected and we will be better to work with now. Also in this video to be showing you files files are another way that you can organize your scenes as well as your characters. For example, if you want to organize all your information to one file, for example character, we go to our characters. Yeah, we have a character with some information. We can then create a folder. So now we have created a folder called John. We then dragged the folder B here in the side menu to the top. Where are folders should be, and then we can then move our information that we have collected into the John folder. So we just move it until it's highlighting the folder John and Release and do the same with the other piece of information. And just like that, you've created a folder that contains all information on John. You can access this information through here by going to the mini error beside it and then clicking on the following. That should give you everything you need or clicking on the folder itself, which will give you a separate court board, which contains the information I find. This is very useful in case you create many characters in your novel, and you don't want to have them all cluster together of all different bits of information off one character mixing up of another character. So this way you only have files in your characters Cope, Boone, John or whoever. And if you want any more information, you just simply go to the folder. Double click on the icon to see, hear or clicking on the folder in the sidebar here, and the same could be said for places you can and adjust the places to have its own folders as well. So you can create a new folder called Chapter One, and we can then drag and drop the information the same way we drag our folded to the top. We then dragon information into the folder and just like that, re double click on the icon. We get our information or reused arrow. Or we can click on the chapter folder itself many different ways to access the information that you need and organize it clearly so you don't get clattered up and confused. In the next video, we are going to discuss template sheets. 5. (5) Scrivener Template Sheets: Hello and welcome to your central Scriven, of course, and in this video, we're going to be discussing the template sheets now the template sheets on unnecessary future to scribble. But they are useful for beginning authors to access your template treats. You go to the side, barred, select the bar template cheats, and you'll be presented with these two text files to access the character sketch text file . Double click on the Yarkon, and you'll be presented with the funnelling. Basically, it is a summary lists that allows you to organize information about your character. The list includes the role in the story being the protagonist or antagonised occupation in case they have a career or not. Physical description, personality habits and mannerisms. Physical description of personality can stretch to many different characters, but mannerisms are unique to the character alone. So don't get them confused of personality, of physical description, a background, internal conflicts and external conflicts, background being the story that they had grown up, or what drives him in the story. There turtle conflicts, things that they argue about themselves and external conflicts arguments, they have others. There's also last run, which includes and notes where you can add additional information that you can call back to later in your story. Having going through this are realize that this is an accident tool to be used when creating characters. However personally, I do not recommend it. I prefer the basic approach, which is creating your characters from scratch. So like we did in our characters video double click on the folder. We have simple descriptions. You don't need to have them organized in a simple way. You just need to have a simple car to go through instead of an entire text document found that this weighs a lot quicker and much easier to call back on tooth than going back to your template sheet off character and going through what will most likely bulled up into large paragraphs of information. For those that like to have an organized list of information, this is a great tool, but if you want to just have a character plotted out onto piece off car, But if you just want to have all the basic information you need to know about your character than our do surges, just creating your own files from scratch in your characters bar the second template sheet is the setting Skitch Jackson's Clicking the Double R. Khan, the city in sketches similar to the character one, but it describes the scene. For example, if you're describing a scene in Chapter one, your then describe its role in the story. What happened during this time that affects the story? What characters were involved in it? And then it goes into more physical descriptions. What season was it? One over its unique features and a description, one which I do not understand when you can simply just include both of these lands in the same one as the description. However, like I said, I don't recommend the template sheets because they seem a bit unnecessary with their lists , sights, sounds, smells etcetera. But all of this conforms straight into your description and finally notes, even though I don't recommend the template sheets, part of Margot in this course is to help guide you through various stages in your novel creation and planning is one of the most important. Even though it might not be my style, you might find that these templates are excellent tool and you would prefer to use them rather than mine and there's no problem that whatsoever. So back to my core part of the course, I'm just here to show you the futures that scrivener provides and how you can use them to advantage. And the template sheets is definitely one of them, and that concludes this video. In the next video, we'll be discussing the research tab. 6. (6) Scrivener Research Tab: Hello and welcome to your central Scriven A course, and in this video we are going to be discussing the research bar. Now let's first begin by going to the research bar, which is located in the side by over here, just above template sheets. Click on that and we presented with sample output. This is a folder containing three files that we are gonna be going through in this video. Now this is a novel course, so we'll be focusing on paperback novel, which appears in the center here. But I will be going through the stead and many script and the A D E E book. Let's start with those two. First, the standard manuscript contains a former text file for you to use when rot in your many script. What it does is present you with a document which will show you the basic layout for a manuscript. This could be anything from a novel to a nonfiction book. As you can see, it contains everything that you'll need for your manuscript, from the name off the door to the author name to the page number. Many scripts are often used for player writing but can be used for novel writing as well. A manuscript does contain a certain format that needs to be followed, such as names, dates and so on. Contacts and races. As you could see it provides you with a list at the top here that takes place of where the information would be and also a word count. This format is often used when submitting a manuscript in school or university. The A D E e book Double Click on the Icon to see 80 E stands for Adobe Digital Edition, meaning Once you've compiled your book, it'll Piers follows in the program. A Derby digital edition. This is a read only text file, just like the one before, to give you a proper idea of how your book will appear in Santa Adobe Program and finally, the paperback novel format. Here we have a sample cover page. Normally, this would be your second page in your novel and a picture or a graphic. What appears to cover I ever It is perfectly normal for a book to have just a title and name of author as the cover page. The second page of the format gives a copier at the page after and dedication. And the page after that is the beginning of your novel, be it a prologue or starting straightaway with Chapter one. The format is slightly similar to a manuscript, however. The placements have changed. The name does appear at the top as before, but sometimes the author name also appears on the ultimate page, meaning you will have one page, which says the name of your novel on the second page saying your name. And then we would repeat throughout the novel, and also unlike the manuscript, the page number does not appear at the top, but at the bottom. And, of course, it also provides a sample script so you can get a better picture of what your novel can look like. Now you may be wondering why the research tab is being called the research tab. If it only contains more templates or four minutes for your book, well, that is because that is one part of the research. The second part would you be able to create by simply adding text or new folder, and so on will be the research that you have done for your novel. For example, this could be a research on a certain place or characteristic, or some scientific fact that apprised your novel. For example, if you're writing a book about guns, you'll need to have information about guns explaining how they work and so on. Or if you're writing a book about the ocean, you'll need to have a comprehensive idea of what the ocean contains. This research tab does do the first part for you by providing you with proper for mets for novels and so on. However, most of the research will be done by you by collecting information and organizing it here in the town. If the novel you have in mind is complex, and I really do suggest using the research temp as it could no doubt ages throughout your book, for example, mystery novels or detective stories need to contain scientific information that the detective or mystery solver can then use to uncover the truth. In this case, good research does help and not only adds to your character but adds to your book. However, most fiction books don't really need a research 10. Some are purely recreations of the imagination, therefore, adding scientific basis to it seems to take away from the story. A good example of this is the famous Harry Potter series. The book contains a lot of magic and mythical creatures at scientific basis cannot explain . So there's some things that don't need research and mawr imagination. Either way, the research tab is there for you to use any time that you need it, going back to those formats that we have just talked about in this video. There's also a text file containing the formats that you can in it are going to front matter, and you're represented with the three options. Once again, folders containing what a many script a paperback novel and e book requires from cover to dedication. It is all here ready to be used when you need it. If you have a good idea of what the's 3 march contain, then you can edit them straight away, adding what you need to. However, I think it is better to save these three for Lost and make it part of your final process to get in your novel published in the next video. We'll discuss compile in your book 7. (7) Scrivener Compiling your Novel: Hello and welcome to your central Scriven, of course. And in this video, we're going to be discussing how you can compile your novel. First, let me show you the changes I've made to my test novel. So you can get a good idea of how your should look when you're compiling it first. Difficult to manuscript. I've created two folders called them Chapter one and Chapter two and inside our text files . Instead of giving these chapters names, I just called them by chapter one and Chapter two again, not particularly creative names. But I've also given text to these text files so we can see our looks inside our level. A lot of Shoni these changes. I'm gonna show you how to compile it into an e book format. First we got to compile and we will be presented with this box of a year. You must select the e book format and comm, powerful PdF and a word document. Your most likely need both when publishing to a online store, be it draft digital or Amazon. But for now, let's do pdf first. Once you've done this, you click compile and you'll be presented with a file Explorer, As you can see, already selected a folder court book in my Downloads folder. We are restoring our test. Pdf. So let's call a test. Save it as a PdF. And just like that, you have compiled a book it'll most likely take longer, depending on the size of your book. But seeing as mine is only a few paragraphs. It's gone by very quickly. Now, if I go over to my folder, you'll see I have the test pdf document and double clicking on it presents me with the file . As you can see, it has neatly separated everything, giving the chapter names and the text the name of the novel at the top. And, of course, the number of the page. You may have noticed that is missing a few key features, such as a cover painting dedication, a coffee Rajan zone. That's because the evil Kruma does not provide it. However, these can be added simply by just creating a new page or section inside your scrivener file . If you go to scrivener, we can simply add a separate folder called Copyright or Dedication, drag it to the top of the many script and then add whatever texts that you required, however, in drafted it on Amazon. Normally you have to upload cover pages and dedications as a separate file, which is why I don't recommend using this unless you're sure that the publisher requires them. And that is how I compile your novel using scrivener a quick and easy process. Next, let's compile a two word document so we go to would document formatted as an e book compile , and we will call it test again. Scrivener has completed the task and going over to the father. We now have a word document, which contains the exact same as what is seen inside the pdf, which is what you want. With these files, you're now ready to stop publishing. Going to sites such as Draft to Digital is an essential step. The services that they provide will help you get your novel off the ground. As for cover, making a dedications thes are up to you and in a simple multitude, dedication or using a stock for two is your cover is your choice. And thanks to the services that Amazon dropped the digital provide now, easy steps as well. In the next video are conclude this course 8. (8) Scrivener Conclusion: and that concludes the course. But at the same time, this is not the end. If there are any questions that you felt were left unanswered and needed an answer to, then please message me through the teacher to student message system, and I'll happily answer any questions that you need help with. But I have torture in this course is everything you need to know to use the Scriven a program. However, if there is a function of Scriven and that you're struggling to use for your compiled novel isn't as it should appear and please, as I said before, message me through the teacher and a student message system. If my course did help you and you have everything you need to get started, then good luck. Writing a novel is a very difficult task, and I hope you're up to the challenge. But with the knowledge that you have learned from this course and your imagination, you're sure to succeed. Thank you and goodbye