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Starting With Scrivener Pt. 2: Expanding Your Tool-Set

Tech Tips 3Scrivener 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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Last week’s post addressed the question, “Where do I start?” Hopefully, you’ve taken the plunge and started you first project. By now you probably feel more comfortable with what you are doing in Scrivener just by using the Editor since it isn’t very different from other such products.

You may have toyed with the Binder and found that it’s useful in arranging your project. If you haven’t yet worked in it, take some time to create some folders and documents and move them around. The Binder is very easy to use and is an excellent, graphical feature for organizing your writing.

There are several other features you can begin using in addition to the Binder and Editor. First, you can familiarize yourself with the Format menu which will help you get your document just right. Next, you can write with a customized background rather than seeing all the boring stuff – it’s easy to choose a background and toggle the feature on/off.

Multi-Function Tool - photo licensed via iStockPhoto

Multi-Function Tool – photo licensed via iStockPhoto

Now onto some really good tools you’ll find useful. You can create document templates for your project. This will help you create new documents and quickly jump into your creative work rather than wasting time configuring all the details each time.

Also, learn how to turn on the Inspector bar on the right side and access more tools. You’ll begin to use Notes, References, Keywords, customize Meta-Data, work with Snapshots as well as add Footnotes and Comments.

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

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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Keywords & Project Searches 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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Recently, I’ve written a few posts about the Inspector and it value as well as using one of its features – Snapshots. Today, I’m following up on those posts with more about the Inspector’s features – this time examining Keywords in a little more detail.

First let’s cover the basics of getting to the Keywords on the Inspector. To turn on the Inspector click on View => Layout and then click on Inspector or use the keyboard shortcut: CTRL + Shift + I.

Scirv Turn on Inspector

Next enter Keywords by clicking on the Inspector menu button at the bottom – it’s got the icon of a key as pictured here:

Scriv KW Button

Scriv Inspect KeywordsYou’ll see Synopsis and a card for Keywords, then the General Meta-Data and next the area where you can work with Keywords. Here you can click + or – to add keywords or the gear icon which has the same options plus the choice to show keywords. You can also access Keywords on the Projects menu and clicking Project Keywords (CTRL + Shift + O).

Scriv KW Usage

So what’s important about keywords? These are words that make your project easily search-able and they are subset of managing Meta-Data which essentially is like using Post-It Notes you can color-code, etc. The same goes for Keywords and color-coding. This is a function that’s certainly handy while editing non-fiction. I can also see this function as highly useful in fiction projects – especially like fantasy and science-fiction where custom name usage is very common and important to keep consistent.

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But why are searches important for your manuscript? Easily finding and editing details of keywords is important to all writers. For a fantasy writer like me, editing for consistency and spelling accuracy throughout the project is necessary. For example, I’m currently revising An Arrow Against the Wind for a detailed edit next month after which I’ll be revising again. Changes in key points may be necessary and I would want to create keywords to make sure I’m consistent throughout the manuscript. Likewise, I have a short story that’s almost ready for submission but needs a final edit. Tracking some keywords can help insure I keep details clear and consistent throughout the project.

In the coming weeks, I’ll discuss more about Meta-Data and its value. I also want to get into other cool Scrivener tools that may just help you as you write.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. 

IMG_4154-EditAbout the Authorthe-bow-of-destiny-by-p-h-solomon

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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Power-User Vs. Avid Scrivener User

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 LogoSometimes I’m contacted by someone who kindly lets me know that my Scrivener posts have helped them in some way. Often in these messages I’m referred to as a guru or a power user. I’m flattered by these terms but I’ve always found these labels daunting to say the least. Why do I feel this way? I’m glad you asked..

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I don’t work for Scrivener nor do I make a living training people to use Scrivener. I do use Scrivener daily to do much of my writing work so I’m almost constantly working in it. Due to this reason, I’m always discovering a feature or usage that makes for good blog material. I’m constantly learning and this is true with writing, blogging and using Scrivener. I learn many things as I go and try to put what I know to good use as well as share it with others.

So what kind of user am I? An avid user. This is someone who loves the software and is constantly looking for ways to use it more effectively. Often instructions aren’t enough for people, they need a way to relate the material to usage and that’s why I share so much of what I’ve learned – and continue to learn – over this blog. I do receive notes in various places from people who have trouble making a transition to Scrivener but once they do they really understand what they’ve been missing.

Scriv Button 2Thanks to everyone who looks up to me as a power user. I’m glad that my work has been of use to my readers as well as motivated many to learn more themselves. But just remember, I am one of you – a happy customer. I’m so happy with Scrivener that I like trumpeting the virtues of this outstanding product to anyone who will listen or read about it. If you’re still debating switching to Scrivener why not try it for Lit & Latte Free Trial? The main things to learn are starting a new project, using the corkboard, using the binder and working with the editor. Everything else is just on-the-job-training and we’re all learning as we go.

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PH SOLOMONAbout the Author

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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