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Duly Noted In Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

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Just wandering back to the Inspector and its functions again this week. I’ve written previously about the Inspector in general as well as using keywords and snapshots which are handy features on the Inspector.

Just to review, the Inspector is turned on by using the View menu => Layout and clicking Inspector or CTRL + Shift + I on your keyboard (Italics is just CTRL + I).

Scirv Turn on Inspector

Scriv Doc Notes HighlightedDocument Notes is the first feature on the left of the Inspector menu at the bottom of the bar. From there you can enter notes about the document in which you’re working. Simply type in the field and you have a note. If you want to remind yourself you’ve done something in the document here’s the place to do just that. But notes here are only for the document itself and not the whole project.

Toggle Doc_Proj NotesIf you want to use Project Notes, that is, notes that are for the whole project you can toggle to those or turn them on from the Project menu. To toggle from the Inspector you must be in the Documents Notes feature and click on the up-down arrows to get this menu.

You can click onto Project Notes and make a note for the whole project.

Scriv Proj Notes Window

You can display the same thing in a window by clicking on the Project menu and choosing Project Notes.

Scriv Proj Notes

Looking at the previous screenshot you can also open this feature window by clicking on Manage Project Notes.

From the window you can type in new notes for the project as pictured below. When new notes are added (via the + button on the right of the tabs bar) they have individual tabs unlike document notes. Click on the X to remove a note-tab.

Scriv Proj Notes Tabs

So that’s the quick primer on using notes in Scrivener Inspector. This feature lets you make notes with ease so you have a reminder of what you where going to do – or did (unlike the Scratchpad which allows you to insert text across open projects). They are stored in your document or project rather than keeping all it straight with actual sticky notes.

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Why You Should Begin Using Scrivener Today & How

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

Scrivener LogoI’ve seen several comments from other writers indicating they got Scrivener but just didn’t have time to learn it. I understand the feeling. When I first started with Scrivener there was so much to learn and I needed to do other work that I didn’t have time to work with it. It wasn’t until I read several posts in which other authors described how they used Scrivener that I began to understand.

Why the confusion and reluctance in engaging with Scrivener? It is fundamentally different from just using a text editor. It is a robust development software for the whole project. We’re used to just sitting down and typing in Word all the things that we are developing, creating any number of files and trying to track all the details somehow. But once you develop a project in Scrivener or convert an existing project into it you begin to understand just what you can do and how it benefits you. The important point is to take the time to learn it somehow and there are great how-to videos as well as lots of reading material that help with Scrivener.

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But why start using it today? There’s no time like the present to make the transition. If you have a writing project that needs starting why not make that the point where you begin learning. Why else should you begin in the middle of a busy schedule? You will learn through usage and then understand the power the design of this software brings to writers. Here’s 5 good reasons to make the change from Michael Hyatt.

It’s as easy as this: click File => New Project to show the New Project Window. Here’s a screenshot with Fiction selected:

Scriv New Proj

Choose the category for your writing on the left and then what it will be on the right. Not picture here but below all this just type in the name of your project and then browse to the folder on your computer where you will store the project just like in Word.

What else should you learn? Begin by understanding the Editor and Binder as well as how to manage projects, project templates and document templates. Just knowing what you can do with these elements gets you much further along. Try to find authors who write what you do and find out how they use it. Once I found how other fantasy authors use it to develop and track details of a fantasy world it really helped me get started. Likewise, other bloggers who use Scrivener have developed templates for organizing your whole blogging year. It’s a bigger scope creative tool but it makes writing much simpler by allowing your to spend more time being creative.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyWhere’s your snag in beginning with Scrivener? What tips can you offer other people who are starting with Scrivener? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Scrivener Tip: Making Document Templates

All writers face the blank screen and think about what they’re going to write. Too often we start and realize we didn’t format properly and stop, then get distracted by something else and we’ve lost our train of thought be the time we get back. Getting started can be daunting enough without spending time getting everything just right in your word processor.

Well, in Scrivener there’s a good way to beat back all that pre-writing distraction so you can sit down with your ideas and write. Who wants to lose their ideas to setting everything up? The answer is to make a template within your project.

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What did you just read? That’s right a template within the project. You’ve heard of making a project template but how do you make a template within a project? Just follow these instructions.

1. Create a folder within the project and designate it as the Template folder by clicking on Project and Set Selection as Template Folder. Some project templates come with a template folder already designated so check you binder for one. Here’s what the template folder looks like: Scrivener Template Folder

Here’s how to set a folder as the project template folder:

Scrivener Set As Template Folder

2. Once you’ve set the Template folder then create a document container under the folder. Configure all the settings you want with formatting in this container but leave it blank.

Scrivener Blog Template

3. After you’ve completed configuring your document template it’s ready to use. Go to one of you folders in your project and when creating a new document container (text). Choose Project from the upper menu bar and then go to New from Template to get a fly-out menu. On this menu you will see all the document templates created for the project in which you are working.

Scrivener New From Template

4. You can also create such a document template from the cork-board view of a folder. Right click for a context menu, go to Add for a fly-out menu. Slide your cursor to New from Template to reveal the fly-out menu or your document templates. You can also do the same from the Binder by right clicking on a folder for a context menu and using the same directions.

Scrivener New From Template Cork

5. At this point, you can name the new container and start writing without a need to change settings. Create as many of these document templates as necessary for your project.

One again, here’s a simple way to use Scrivener to make writing easier than ever.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyDo you get distracted by repeated changes to format settings? What would you change to start writing faster on any given project? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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