PG notes that the OP is taken from the transcript of the audio portion of a video. For those who have never given a presentation which is later transcribed, it’s always a humbling experience to see the sorts of filler words you use and other things you say without thinking. Conversational information dispersal and a formal prepared speech are two entirely different ways of speaking.
Here’s a link to the Scrivener website where you can download a free trial version.
From The Creative Penn:
I have now written over 30 books with Scrivener over more than a decade. I did use MS Word for some of my early books back in 2008/2009. But with my first novel, I had such difficulty using Word, that I needed to find a solution. Once someone told me about Scrivener, I started to use it and I have used it for every single book since — fiction and nonfiction. In this tutorial, I’m going to talk a bit about how I use it.
There is so much functionality in Scrivener, so I’m only going to touch on what I use, which is definitely not everything, but it certainly gets me by.
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You can use Template Projects or a Blank Project
So for fiction, there are a couple examples, for nonfiction, there are even more. So let’s go into the fiction first.
So if you like a lot of help with writing a document, then [Scrivener] can really be useful.
For example, if you go into characters and use the little plus button , it will give you, a character sketch, and then you can fill it in. And if you like filling in all this type of thing, you can do that.
I’m a discovery writer . . . so I don’t use this, but this can be really useful if you enjoy having the different help things there.
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You can write your scenes and then gather them together in chapters. You can do what you like there. Let’s just look at a nonfiction template before I get into showing you some of my own.
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Drag and drop — so you can write out of order
Now, one of the things I love about Scrivener is the ability to drag and drop.
So whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, you can essentially move them around. So you just click on it and drag it. And what that enables is for you to write out of order. So again, whether that’s fiction or non-fiction, you can just move things around.
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Keep your research and notes within the project, but not compiled into the book
The main thing to remember with the document is that this folder contains the book. And then anything you put into [00:05:00] research, for example, is not included when you compile the book.
And again, you can type your research in, you can pull in notes.
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The Inspector includes synopsis, notes, snapshots, and more
The other important thing is the Inspector.
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So, first of all, on the inspector tab, you can do an overview, a synopsis. [00:06:00] So here William de Tracy, and the Knights. This book is set in the present, but the prologue is set in 1183. So essentially this is the synopsis overview.
And the reason why this is useful, if you are a plotter, is if you click on the manuscript at the top, you can see an overview of the whole book. And so this is where you can move things around. You can write different things.
So you it’s like the digital corkboard. Some people use a physical corkboard. Some people use a digital one. So that’s super useful.
Link to the rest at The Creative Penn
PG was first introduced to Scrivener a long time ago and spent a lot of time playing with it. For PG’s needs at the time, Scrivener wasn’t a good fit, but he liked the way the program was constructed and the people who were running the company .
He may download the trial program again to see how it’s evolved into the present day.