Anyone who reads this blog should already be aware that I love Scrivener – especially for developing new writing projects. I use it for almost all of my writing no matter what it is. In other words, if you write in some way, using Scrivener may be a great tool to help you better develop it.
However, there are a few things that I’ve added to my tool-bag when it comes to editing. While Scrivener’s strength is development of content – fiction or non-fiction – editing can be a little cumbersome but manageable. I can mostly do all my editing in Scrivener without trouble.
But there are some times where I’ve found I need some additional tools to assist in my editing efforts.
First, while Scrivener is great to develop my fiction, sometimes I just need to draw back from the project. Why is this? Well, admittedly, the current manuscript I’m working on, An Arrow Against the Wind, is quite messy because I didn’t develop if from scratch. I can use all kinds of tools in Scrivener from Collections, Keywords, Auto-Complete and the Outliner to assist me but I’ve found with my structural editing that I need to push the project further away and distance myself from it.
I needed to really create a buffer to assess the manuscript for changes of all kinds. To that end, I used Scrivener to compile a draft, PDF version which I converted to a .epub file and then loaded onto my e-reader. From there, I used the e-reader to read the draft and make notes either in Scrivener or on a spreadsheet to make changes later.
This use of an e-reader was just what I needed to gain editing distance from the book. I pulled away from it and let myself just read the draft in a more detached way. In fact, I’ve even used this method for line-editing on some other projects and it works great. When I’m finished, I can go right through my notes, searching the locations, make the changes and get through the line editing very quickly. This works because I don’t have to deliberate on the change, I just follow my scripted editing plan. But this is all made possible by using Scrivener to compile to a format I can convert for use on my reader.
So that’s one way I use Scrivener to enhance my editing while using an extra tool to assist with editing that feels cleaner to me. This process leaves me with clear distinctions about what I’m doing when and then noting how I’m going to progress with the actual editing.
Next week, I’ll share another way that I combine another tool with my editing via Scrivener. This was one that I had under my nose for a while and just didn’t use it. But I’ll share about that next week.
What are your editing strategies using Scrivener? Leave your comments below and I’ll be happy to respond. If you’re interested in my writing, just see click on one of the retail banners on the sidebar or one of these links:
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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