Unlocking the Power of Scrivener

Book.If you are already using Scrivener to write books, screenplays and pretty much anything else, then you already know how amazing it is.

It somehow instinctively understands how writers work.

It gets us!

It’s loaded with tools that help you do everything from develop your story… to writing your book… to compiling it for whatever platform you want to distribute it on.

For example, Scrivener makes it easy to…

  • Brainstorm and Plot Your Story – You can use Scrivener’s corkboard to lay out your story ideas on virtual “index cards.”
  • Stay Organized – It works like a binder that keeps everything related to your book in one place – your research, notes, graphic files, etc.
  • Set and Meet Writing Goals – You can set session or manuscript targets of a certain number of words – and watch as you get closer and closer to those goals. Plus, project statistics are at your fingertips – including word count, number of characters, page count, etc.
  • Edit your Book – You can easily move sections of your book – without all that messy cutting and pasting.
  • Format your Book for Any Publishing Platform – Through Scrivener’s compile tool, you can easily format your manuscript for Kindle, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo – or any platform you desire.

That said… Scrivener can be a bit overwhelming when you first try to use it. It does so many things that it’s hard to wrap your mind around it.

Fortunately, there are some excellent resources available to help you tap into the amazing power of Scrivener – without pulling all your hair out.

One of my favorite books is Nine Day Novel-Self Publishing: Publishing Your First Novel on KDP and CreateSpace by Steve Windsor and Lise Cartwright. The authors lead you step by step through the compile process for both Kindle and CreateSpace. This takes out ALL the guesswork and saves you a ton of time and frustration.

Another good book for learning the intricacies of Scrivener is Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson. He has used Scrivener to write and publish his books – and he leads you step-by-step through all you need to know to take your novel from concept to finished product on Scrivener.

Please know that I don’t get a penny for recommending those two books to you. I just found them helpful.

Of course, as I’m working with Scrivener myself, I’ll be sure to report any tips and tidbits I discover that makes it easier to use. Just sign up to follow my blog posts, so you can get the information you need to conduct your own self-publishing experiment.



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