Scrivener: A Quick Review of How it Works and Some of its Coolest features.

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Is Scrivener worth it? Watch and decide for yourself.

As software updates all the time, some of the buttons on the Scrivener user interface have moved. For an updated version of the video go to: Scrivener | A Quick Review of How it Works 2019

This is Karen from In this video, I show you how the main features of Scrivener work by giving you some real examples of my own writing process and giving you some Scrivener tips along the way. Then you will see how Scrivener can save you time and money and revolutionize the way you create and publish your books.

For those of you who are writing a book, the basic concept behind Scrivener is quite simple. Instead of having your manuscript, notes, and research scattered all over your hard drive, you get to organize them into one project where they are easily accessible at the click of a button.

Your manuscript itself can be split into large sections like chapters or chunked down into smaller sections like scenes — which can then be re-shuffled as your project takes shape and can be viewed in multiple ways depending on how you like to work and what task you are performing at the time.

And what’s also really cool about Scrivener is that when you are done writing, you don’t need to go looking for someone to format your book for you and then wait for them to do it; you can compile for export quickly and easily to multiple platforms from right within the software.

Scrivener allows you to compile for export without altering the original manuscript, so you can literally publish an eBook and immediately afterward switch to a paperback or a PDF.

I should just mention here that this is not the kind of software that writes the book for you, or tells you how to write a book.

It is word-processing software with added functionality specially designed to optimize the work process of:
Short-Story Writers,
Academics and Students,
Biographers and Memoirists,
Business and Technical Writers,
Comics and Graphic Novel Writers,
Translators and many other people who work on long writing projects.

Here are just some of the great Scrivener features covered in this video.

How you can organize your manuscript, notes and research into one project in Scrivener where they are easily accessible at the click of a button.

Where to store your research, character sketches and place sketches, and where to find templates for them.

How to import your manuscript from your current writing software seamlessly, without copy-pasting, and already broken up into chapters.

How you can split your long-form writing project into manageable chunks in Scrivener and re-arrange them to suit your plot.

Highlighting the different ways you can view your documents in Scrivener — One at a time or several at once as ordinary text in View Document Mode; as index cards on a corkboard in Cork Board Mode; as a list-style view in the Outliner Mode where you can see multiple levels of your document at the same time and as a page floating on a background image or a black screen with no distractions at all in Compose Mode. (Full-Screen Mode on the Windows platform)

How easy it is to split the Scrivener screen and view 2 documents at once in any of the view modes.

Where to view your word counts and character counts and how to set word count targets.

How to track your word count targets and other meta-data such as points of view or which draft your document is currently in.

How and why you should be using the amazing Collections function when you are doing your re-writes or editing.

How you can format your own books and export them quickly and easily to multiple platforms as eBooks PDFs or paperbacks.

If you find it easiest to learn using video tutorials go here

If you learn best from books; try these:
Scrivener for Windows eBook tutorial
Scrivener for Mac eBook Tutorial

Other useful videos in this series:

Scrivener | An Overview of the User Interface and View Modes 2019

Scrivener | Backup, and Sync with Dropbox 2019

17 Replies to “Scrivener: A Quick Review of How it Works and Some of its Coolest features.”

  1. You, young lady, are a genius. I've struggled for some hours to work out what scrivener was all about and thought it was too complex for me. Fifteen minutes of your video and a light has come on. I am about to load my latest creation into it and am looking forward to having all my notes, research, and profiles in one place. Thank you Karen.


  3. Does scrivener have a grammer checker? Google search says it's in edit menu. However I could not find it. I am using its 30 day trail version

  4. Probably the clearest summary of Scrivener features I've seen so far. Thanks, and well done!

  5. I wrote a course a few years ago and changed computers. I made a back up of my course. Now I open Scrivener and all the "folders" and pages show up on the left. But when I click on the page on the left it's a blank page. How do I get those pages to show up again? I can see the pages in the corkboard too.

    This happened once before and someone on the forum was kind enough to do a live Zoom room with me and fixed it right away. I don't know why it's happening now. When I open Scrivener from the desktop the backup opens. I can't find the original course. Right now, no one is replying and I contacted support over a week ago, and no reply from them either.

  6. I think it would be quite helpful for windows-only people like me to be told in the beginning that your tutorials are exclusively for the Mac versions of Scrivener. Also, because the Mac versions are now in iteration 3 and beyond while the Windows version is still stuck in iteration 1 (plus a few desultory 'improvements'), the Windows-users could feel a sense of total confusion. Thank you.

  7. Thanks so much for this Karen it taught me the basics, I nearly gave up on the programme but now have started with confidence on importing my word documents and using some of the features.

  8. I finally bought this software after several years of hearing about it from other authors. I wished that I had bought this software several novels ago. Thank you for this tutorial video.

  9. After years of deliberation, I took the plunge and bought Scrivener, it's much better than anything else I've used and worth the money for dedicated writers.

  10. It would be nice to see Scrivener done on a PC for once! Not all of us have or can afford a fancy-ass Mac Book Air.

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