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Quick Tip: Turbo-Charge Your Scrivener Searches

Scriv Search OptionsScrivener 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.

When editing, searches are very important. Scrivener uses several ways to search. I recently received a search tip from a fellow author over Facebook and I thought I’d share it here in more detail.

Use the following wild-cards to improve your searches for combinations of words: the symbol | for “or” as well as & for “and”. For instance, if I wanted to search for two words such as Scrivener and wild-card I might use this to see reveal either since both may not be present: Scrivener | wild-card. If I want to find all instances of both I would search: Scrivener & wild-card.

However, in using these you will have to make a few changes with the Scrivener search tool. The search is located in the upper right of the main software window. Click the down arrow at the spyglass icon to reveal search options. I found that in searching for words as described above, it’s best to select “Text” and “Whole Word”. The options below these are chosen depending on the the extent of your search.

Using this and similar searches can help identify words and changes that are needed in your projects. With these tips you can improve the effectiveness of you editing as well as the speed.

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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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Catching Up From Last Week

The weekend passed quickly and so did the week of the 4th of July. Last week, we enjoyed a local fireworks display for the holiday. Pre-4th of July we also played cards with friends and had a good time laughing and catching up on life.  We also found time to mix-in a little pool time at a small pool-party with other friends. Last week was rather busy but relaxing.

However, I found the time to more than double the number of words in The White Arrow and hope to push to the end of that this week. The official cover for the book was revealed last Friday and I’m pleased that the book is progressing nicely. I’ve also started on a blurb and shared that last week as well. I’ll be working with my editor very soon over the next month or so to iron out all the manuscript issues and heading toward publication. However, I do hope to put The White Arrow into pre-orders very soon. I did acquire a trailer for An Arrow Against the Wind which is posted below for those who haven’t seen it yet.

A few other projects will be in the works while The White Arrow is away with the editor. There may also be some further developments with The Bow of Hart Saga soon but no details to share just yet. I’m also waiting on word back on a couple of anthology submissions. I’m also working on a few more anthology submissions in the coming months. Overall, I’m staying busy.

Otherwise, the dogs are happy to stay out of the heat but our male came up a little lame. He’s got some arthritis and in his excitement to get in the car for a ride for a walk the other day, he tweaked something and ran around whimpering. He recovered and happily went for the walk. The cat is growing fast and now plays with the dogs, expecting to eat when they do. He’ll soon be making trips outside with the dogs, I’m sure.

The rest of the family is gearing up school starts. My wife has several more weeks before she reports back to teach. Meanwhile, my daughter is taking one summer class but will head back to full-time college classes during August. The summer break has gone by fast.

Thanks for reading today,

PHS