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Scrivener For Dummies

Scrivener For Dummies

Gwen Hernandez

ISBN: 978-1-118-31246-9

Jul 2012

384 pages



No matter what you want to write, Scrivener makes it easier.
Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software’s best features. This friendly For Dummies  guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.

  • Walks you through customizing project templates for your project needs
  • Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print and e-book formats 
  • Helps you set up project and document targets and minimize distractions to keep you on track and on deadline
  • Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, create collections, and understand their value
  • Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hard work along the way

From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivener for Dummies makes it easier than ever to plan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece in Scrivener.

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting to Know Scrivener  7

Chapter 1: Getting Started in Scrivener 9

Chapter 2: Organizing Your Work with the Binder 21

Part II: Meeting the Inspector  43

Chapter 3: Working with the Synopsis 45

Chapter 4: Tracking Scene Elements with Metadata 51

Chapter 5: Working with Document Support Panes 67

Part III: Starting to Write  93

Chapter 6: Introducing the Editor: Where the Magic Happens 95

Chapter 7: Getting Rid of Distractions with Composition Mode 119

Chapter 8: Planning Your Project with the Corkboard 129

Chapter 9: Getting a High-Level View of Your Project with the Outliner 145

Chapter 10: Marking Up Your Text with Inline Annotations and Comments 159

Chapter 11: Citing Your Sources with Footnotes 171

Part IV: Getting Your Manuscript Out There  183

Chapter 12: Setting Up the Compile Options 185

Chapter 13: Exporting Your Project with Compile 227

Part V: Customizing Your Scrivener Experience  245

Chapter 14: Setting Word Count Goals and Checking Progress 247

Chapter 15: Saving Time with Custom Layouts and Project Templates 261

Chapter 16: Creating Useful Forms with Document Templates 277

Part VI: Getting the Most Out of Scrivener  285

Chapter 17: Searching High and Low 287

Chapter 18: Creating Collections for Quick Access to Related Files 305

Chapter 19: Saving Versions of Your Files with Snapshots 319

Chapter 20: Tracking Your Revisions 333

Chapter 21: Protecting Your Work with Automatic and Manual Backups 341

Part VII: The Part of Tens  349

Chapter 22: Ten Awesome Features That Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else 351

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get More Help 359

Index  363