Formatting Pt. 4: Creating New Scrivener Presets

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.

In previous posts on this topic I covered formatting for an e-book. using styles in Word and creating bookmarks/hyperlinks using Word to enhance your manuscript for publication. But I also mentioned using preset styles in Scrivener so I’m covering that today.

Much like with Word you can use preset format styles to easily change formatting in your Scrivener documents. These are located in the Format toolbar at the top of the editor:

Scriv Preset Styles

However, if you want to create additional presets to use while writing, here are the steps to do that:

1. Create some content with the formatting you wish to use or open a document in Scrivener that already has this formatting.

2. Make sure you’ve click into the formatted area you want to use for a preset.

3. Click on Format, Formatting, New Preset from Selection:

Scriv New Preset

4. Name the preset and click OK.

To use presets you have created click within the content paragraph or highlight all the content to be changed and select it from the list of presets in the formatting toolbar (see the first screenshot above) or in the Formatting menu click Apply Preset to choose what you want. You can also delete presets from the Formatting menu should you find you no longer need a preset. Once you have your preset(s) created you can also apply them to your document templates and project templates to get to work even faster.

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Support Nonlocal Science Fiction–A New Kind of Sci-Fi magazine that’s Out of this World!


Here’s an interesting new idea for short fiction publication. Re-blogging on Archer’s Aim

Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

Attention science fiction fans, Nonlocal Science Fiction is approaching critical mass and your support is needed to help it take off!

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What  is Nonlocal Science Fiction?

It’s a quarterly digital magazine published by 33rd Street Digital Press (a new independent publishing company) featuring short stories and serials from emerging science fiction authors from around the world–this world;) The first issue launches on March 14th!

What makes it so unique?

Nonlocal partners with its authors directly and offers them a share of the profits from the sale of the magazine rather than a per-word rate. Also, authors are involved in the marketing campaign which helps independent authors increase sales.

Who will appear in Issue #1?

Issue #1 promises awesome talent with stories by:

  • Valery Amborski (“Us and Everybody Else”)
  • Robert Paul Blumenstein (“Delivery to Venus”)
  • Dan Colton (A Thin Atmosphere, Chapter 1)
  • Daniel J. Dombrowski (“Mazep-fal”)

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Getting to the Heart of Character Development


Interesting insights about character development from Autumn Birt.

Originally posted on Guild Of Dreams:

– by Autumn Birt

Every story needs a unique idea (or at least a new spin on a classic!), but good character development can keep a reader going despite plot flaws far longer than a brilliant plot with flat characters. At least for me. And if you go by the comments and complaints out there, for most people as well. We write in a era of character driven novels.

The typical problems are stories with great ideas and cardboard characters. There are so many levels of poor character development: no interaction with other characters, speeches that are information dumps, no nuanced emotions. What is your pet peeve? Mine – have you ever begun a story where it felt like the character showed up the same time you did? A character who knows as much about the fantasy world as you on page one, but they supposedly grew up there?! Those…

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