The first time I heard about Scrivener I knew I had to try it. The free trial period meant that I had no excuses, and I’m glad I did.
Although I’m not a novel / dissertation / scientific paper writer, I find Scrivener to be invaluable for creating long-form documents – for my day job, for blogging and for my other hobbies.
Since I started to use Scrivener, I’ve been gathering resources around it – its use, its templates, techniques, tools and tips – and I’m sharing them here as a one-stop place to go for Scrivener information.
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Without further ado, here are a bunch of links to really useful Scrivener-related resources. If you know of something really good (and Scrivener related) that you think I should include, please pop a comment on this page.
The Writing process
Outlining & Structure
Before the Draft: Outlining in Scrivener
Michelle I. Mason
Story Structure in Scrivener
The New Love of My Life: Why Using Scrivener Makes Writing a Book So Easy
(Intro about using Scrivener to plan and outline.)
Guest Post: Loose pants, er, and belt-less
Justin Bog guest blogs on Pete Denton’s site about why he’s not a planner.
This is a great resource for writers, with Scrivener tips, tricks and how-tos as well as more general writing knowledge.
Scrivener and the short story
Using Scrivener to create fictional comics
Using Scrivener to write a successful stage play
Using Scrivener for Genealogy Writing
Lynn curates “The Armchair Genialogist” blog. This link provides a series of great videos around using Scrivener for genealogy
8 Ways Scrivener Will Help You Become A Proficient Writer Overnight
Joseph Michael writing on Joanna Penn’s blog
How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book
How to format your eBook using Scrivener
Michael J Holly
How to Build a Professional eBook in 9 Easy Steps
Advanced eBook Formatting for Kindle
How To Format A Perfect Novel: Part 1
Scrivener templates for you and me
Templates for your writing life
Another link to Belinda’s blog. This one contains many templates (some already covered here) that you may want to check out.
Creating a Story Bible (with a free template)
Caro’s Outliner Template
Creating a Custom Project Template in Scrivener
Writing a Picture Book in Scrivener – Free Scrivener Template
US and UK sized templates for picture book authors.
Tools for writing
A great free-form mind-mapping tool, by the makers of Scrivener.
My New Whiteboard: Scapple
K. M. Alexander
A good review of the mapping tool.
Aeon Timeline (Max OSX)
Great (and beautiful) tool (Mac only currently) for managing timelines and plot lines.
Index Card for iPad (iPad App)
A cork board writing app for iPad. Synchronises with Scrivener.
My writing toolkit
Keith D Edinburgh
(includes mind mapping, time lining & snowflake in addition to Scrivener)
Mind Mapping – the written word
(a quick intro to Scapple)
NaNoWriMo Tools – Part 3: Get Organized
Mike deHilster – The Refined Word
StorySkeleton, An Index-Card Story Mapping App That Works With Scrivener
By Charlie Sorrel on the Cult of Mac website
Tips, Tutorials and How-tos
Scrivener and the Cloud: Best Practices 2013
This is a really good list of Scrivener best practices, from Jefferson’s “Good Reads” blog
How I Write
How I use Scrivener to write my books
A comprehensive account of Shana’s methods for using Scrivener to wrote her Young Adult fiction novels
Writing using Scrivener – how it’s done
Tech Tuesday: Inserting Images in Scrivener
Managing a project: a subtle trick in Mac Scrivener
How to best utilise the multiple document notebooks in Scrivener for Mac.
Can We Use Beat Sheets with Scrivener?
Managing revisions in Scrivener
Short & informative post
Scrivener for fiction
Great PDF about fiction writing with Scrivener
Writing for the time-impoverished (using Scrivener)
Scrivener Writetip: Using the Cork Board
Using Scrivener to Write and Publish an eBook
How To Create An Ebook Using Scrivener
Susan Russo Anderson
How I Write Technical Blog Posts
Another great ‘how-to’, with Scrivener as part of a complete toolset that’s relevant and useful not just to technical writing.
READ or DOWNLOAD: Your Guide To Scrivener, The Ultimate Tool For Writers
Justin’s post links to his guide – available as eBook, PDF or for reading online.
How to Sync Scrivener With Your iPad
Michael J Holly
How to Use Scrivener for Windows on the Go on a Laptop or Mobile Device
Robin A. Burrows
How to use the “Export” and “Import” features of Scrivener for Windows to support mobile editing of your projects.
Labels, Status, and Keywords in Scrivener
Jennifer provides a number of different ways to re-purpose labels, status and keywords – very useful and informative
A Manual Progress Bar in Scrivener
Chris Lesage ingeniously shows how to monitor your progress in Scrivener if you don’t have target word counts.
A website dedicated to bringing you Scrivener tips and tutorials
Printed material (amazon.co.uk)
Writing a Novel with Scrivener [Kindle Edition]
Scrivener for Dummies
I’m also maintaining a general “Writing” aStore on amazon that you may like to look at / suggest materials for.
How I Write Pt. II (or, Scrivener: I Would Prefer Not To Use Anything Else)
(Part 1 details his initial drafting process on pen and paper)
How Scrivener helps my writing process – Part 1
5 Reasons I switched to Scrivener for all my writing
3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy
Why I love Scrivener and Evernote
By Heather McCoubrey on Jennings Wright’s blog.
What I Love about Scrivener
Writing with Scrivener – Pros and Cons
A great list of pros & cons from the perspective of a new Scrivener user.