You Blog With What?

TypingScrivener is a widely used software among writers and people who write frequently. Since it is used for a wide variety of reasons the software is extremely versatile. It can be used for developing fiction and non-fiction books. Also it can be used for short stories, articles and other forms of shorter writing projects. You can download a trial copy here.

Additionally, the software can be used to manage writing projects so it’s up to the user to adjust their development habits to suit what they are writing. Scrivener easily allows writers to break their books into chapters and scenes using the Binder. But not only can these be divided easily they can also be moved around in the scheme so that it serves as a functional outline tool which allows an author to re-organize edit by simply moving containers around. This makes for great structural editing on a book.

Among the uses some people put Scrivener to is blogging. After all, a blog is really just an article written for a website. With the research folder in the Scrivener’s Binder writers can develop their ideas with references, artwork and a host of other files that can be added for use later or just reference. I, and many other, use this to “cast” characters with photos of real people to help visualize their fiction.

Scivener BinderBut as a blogging tool, Scrivener is much more powerful than just developing a blog. If you are planning a blog series, Scrivener is very handy for the reasons noted above. Folders can be created in the Binder that represent individual blog posts. It’s a great way to write a post which is what I’m doing now. I’m also using Scrivener in just the way I’m describing to develop two new blog series which I will start this week. I anticipate the work-flow to be very organized and organic so that my posts will flow into one another and read consistently throughout each series.

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However, there’s more to this organization than just a simple way to develop a whole series of posts. I can also look ahead with this basic organization to develop the content further than the blog. If I see that the posts are useful and there is more information to cover I can easily add more posts than I’ve already planned – or reduce as needed. Additionally, I have a ready-made outline to further develop these into short e-books for publication. Since Scrivener also compiles content into e-book formats I can save the blog posts as Word, pdf or full e-book formats. Of course there is other pieces to fit with the content such as cover and proper formatting but with Scrivener I have my content ready to develop into something else beside blogs.

If you haven’t tried Scrivener, why haven’t you? If you already use this powerful software what other tips to you have for its usage?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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    1. Thanks for I have found it to be a great tool – try the tutorial for an explanation of usage. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  1. Thanks for the reminder! I have used Scrivener already for “those more complicated lengthy blog posts” that required a certain amount of research and/or ripening… But it is simple ideas like using Scriv’s folder structure for blog series that can really impact your workflow and make it more efficient.

    1. Exactly – and leave you with structure to expand the idea with more information or shift to a book – allows excellent versatility without extra work to build on the project.

      1. I just downloaded Scrivener late last week to explore using it to finally wrap up the manuscript on my first book. But it also just occurred to me that I could set up templates to structure the key parts of sales letters I write on a daily basis as well as use it to write other content like special reports and articles. Not quite halfway through the tutorial so far but pretty optimistic about the possibilities already.

  2. I have the Scrivener program and I’m only scratching the surface of its potential.

    I have kept my short stories poetry and novels in the program and your description has initiated my desire to upgrade my blogging to the Scrivener program.

    Thank you for a great informative posting.

    1. Thanks for the comment and visiting today, Nomad. I would suggest keeping blogs, newsletters, etc in a single project for the whole year. I have a newsletter template for download & there are a few blog templates organized for a year’s usage on the internet. If you need links I’ll round those up.

  3. I discovered Scrivener in April and I am thoroughly in love. Every day I find new ways to use it to make my writing easier and more effective, but I hadn’t considered writing my blog posts in it! What an amazing idea.
    My favorite feature is being able to drag character sketches and other things from one project to another. It makes series so much easier to develop when I can just pull my already developed character sheets and add them to the new project!

    1. Hi Ann! Thanks for the comments today. Scrivener is incredibly useful for all kinds of writing. There are several blog templates available online that help organize your blogging throughout the year. The ability to move content around in Scrivener is a huge plus. 🙂

  4. I started off using Scrivener just for novels, but more recently I have embraced it for all my blog posts, and social media messages. It’s the perfect tool? It’s not straightforward though; hence my blogs to help ScrivenerVirgins, like me, to make the best use of it.

    1. I use it for a wide array of writing activity. Anything I can think of, I use it even if I don’t plan to compile it.

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