Scrivener features

5 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With Scrivener This Year

Still wondering if Scrivener is “write” for you?

Wonder no more.

Here are 5 of my favorite features that make Scrivener my #1 writing tool of choice.

1) CUSTOM SCRIVENER TEMPLATES

Scrivener Templates

Do you create the same document over and over? Create a template to use the next time. No need to create something from scratch when the basic framework stays the same. Scrivener has a few templates built in, but feel free to either create your own or search for  ones that work for your project.

2) ONE TOOL FOR RESEARCH & WRITING

Scrivener Tutorial
Does this sound familiar? Your mind is quickly composing ideas for your next writing project and you want to capture these ideas real time. Create a folder for each new idea. When you come across research that fits these ideas (websites, books you have read, etc) add these ideas to the folders you created. It is so nice to be able to keep your writing and research together in one place. No longer do you need to scramble to find that idea you know you wrote down somewhere.

3) VIRTUAL INDEX CARDS

Scrivener Corkboard

Remember when you did a research paper for school and you used 3X5 index cards to keep your thoughts organized? Scrivener has created a digital equivalent. Yes, they even have a mode where you can “write” directly on the lines. Useful for those of us who have OCD tendencies.

4) DISTRACTION FREE WRITING MODE

Scrivener distraction free

Easily distracted when writing? Enable full screen mode. No longer will you have to contend with icons and other distracting elements in the program. Focus on writing, then move on to editing.

BONUS: CUSTOMIZE YOUR WRITING ENVIRONMENT:

Want to put your favorite soothing picture in the background?

Here’s how:

Navigate to view > Composition Backdrop > Choose > Locate the image you want to use on your computer

Scrivener Custom Background

THAT’S NOT ALL:

Check out the example below. I’ve tweaked the following:

1. Added a custom background image.

2. Made the paper width more narrow (makes me feel like I’m writing more)

3. Bumped up the text scale size to 150% (makes me feel like I don’t need reading glasses)

Scrivener Full Screen

5) DRAG & DROP SCENE / CHAPTER REARRANGEMENT

Scrivener drag and drop

Scrivener makes it easy to take an artist approach to your writing. Let’s see how this will work? What will happen if I move this section here? Other writing packages don’t offer an easy way to do this.

YOUR TURN

What is your favorite Scrivener feature? Let me know on Twitter @ScrivenerCoach

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