Scrivener has been a key component to improving my productivity this year. I’ve recently written about various uses for Scrivener such as blog posts, newsletters and even template email messages. Additionally, I’ve shared about using Scrivener templates including some resources for these. In my last post I shared about managing templates. In Part 4 I released my Author Platform Management template.
As I move into 2015 I plan to use Scrivener far more than I have this last year. I’ve found this software to be so useful that I’m already using it for my blog, some email communication, platform management, newsletters as well as my fiction projects.
I’m currently in the process of transferring ongoing projects into Scrivener. I’m working on a few novel rough drafts that needs be imported as well as those for some short stories – both complete and in development. As I work on these different projects, I’m making the transition to Scrivener. For the short stories I’m using a template for SFWA markets to make things easier when I am ready to make submissions.
I’m using my own template for newsletters already as well as my platform management template. For blogs, I’m using a template that I downloaded. I’ve already got my 2015 project for blogs ready to go and I’m working on the others.
However, there’s one more change that I’m making to may daily process. I journal almost daily, but in Word and not Scrivener. I open a new file for each month. This is rather cumbersome since there end up being so many files. So I’m considering shifting my 2015 journal into a template somehow.
Likewise, I track my daily goals in my journal so I’m also considering how I want to do this in Scrivener rather than Word. My goal is to handle as much of my work-flow through Scrivener as possible – it’s that useful to me.
I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to handle this change. I may incorporate the journal into my Author Platform Manager template. I may also make a simple template much like those for blogging or newsletters, just less detailed since it’s intended for my own use only. Regardless of where and how I handle my journal and goals these will be centralized and easier to handle each day. If I make a new template I will share it like my other recent developments.
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I discovered Scrivener this year and now I don’t know how I ever managed without it.
Me either, MT.
Glad to have discovered your blog. I’m impressed at what a power user you are of Scrivener! I’m in the learning-it-as-you-go program, and finding it to be less than intuitive but still a great tool. As for blog posts . . . would love to know more about why you use Scrivener. You’re on wordpress.com, as I am–so why? I’m always up for new ideas though.
Thanks for visiting, commenting and liking my site today. I think lots of people are learning as they go. I know I am. I use Scrivener for all my writing – blogging, fiction and everything in between. I have a fantasy series in the works. How about you?