Scrivener For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Make complicated writing projects simple and take your writing skills to the next level with Scrivener

Scrivener is the first and only word processing program designed specifically for the messy, non-linear way writers really work. Scrivener For Dummies is the easiest way to master this powerful writing software. Written by veteran Scrivener trainer and novelist Gwen Hernandez, you'll learn to set up a new project, organize your research, track...

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Scrivener For Dummies

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Overview

Make complicated writing projects simple and take your writing skills to the next level with Scrivener

Scrivener is the first and only word processing program designed specifically for the messy, non-linear way writers really work. Scrivener For Dummies is the easiest way to master this powerful writing software. Written by veteran Scrivener trainer and novelist Gwen Hernandez, you'll learn to set up a new project, organize your research, track scene elements, create custom layouts, and more with this friendly Scrivener guide.

  • Say "hello" to Scrivener — quickly learn your way around the Scrivener workspace and all its basic functions, features, buttons, parts, and pieces
  • The perfect form — create custom project templates tailored to your needs and style, and store them to use for future projects
  • Bid adieu to pushpins, index cards, and lost ideas — keep your writing, research, character sketches, synopses, outlines, drafts and images all in one dedicated project file
  • Unlimited formatting freedom — instantly export your work into many formats and document combinations, without affecting the original manuscript
  • Bring your story to life — view multiple scenes at once, storyboard with index cards, or view your work in outline form
  • Goodbye to paper clutter and paper cuts — track multiple versions of a manuscript with Revision mode and keep notes ready-to-hand with Quick Reference panels

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for finding your way around Scrivener
  • Help navigating the interface
  • Ways to track scene elements with metadata
  • Methods for working with split screens
  • How to export content to EPUB
  • Tools for compiling a manuscript for a publisher
  • Methods for setting manuscript and document goals
  • Tricks for structuring and organizing research

Learn to:

  • Structure your work with index cards and preserve earlier drafts along the way
  • Break your text into sections and edit them separately or as a whole
  • Keep track of all your ideas with the Collections feature
  • Compile your work to send to a publisher or share as an e-book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118312469
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 307,665
  • File size: 12 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Gwen Hernandez conducts online training courses in Scrivener. An aspiring romance author, she has worked as a programmer, a business school instructor, and a manufacturing engineer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting to Know Scrivener  7

Chapter 1: Getting Started in Scrivener 9

Chapter 2: Organizing Your Work with the Binder 21

Part II: Meeting the Inspector  43

Chapter 3: Working with the Synopsis 45

Chapter 4: Tracking Scene Elements with Metadata 51

Chapter 5: Working with Document Support Panes 67

Part III: Starting to Write  93

Chapter 6: Introducing the Editor: Where the Magic Happens 95

Chapter 7: Getting Rid of Distractions with Composition Mode 119

Chapter 8: Planning Your Project with the Corkboard 129

Chapter 9: Getting a High-Level View of Your Project with the Outliner 145

Chapter 10: Marking Up Your Text with Inline Annotations and Comments 159

Chapter 11: Citing Your Sources with Footnotes 171

Part IV: Getting Your Manuscript Out There  183

Chapter 12: Setting Up the Compile Options 185

Chapter 13: Exporting Your Project with Compile 227

Part V: Customizing Your Scrivener Experience  245

Chapter 14: Setting Word Count Goals and Checking Progress 247

Chapter 15: Saving Time with Custom Layouts and Project Templates 261

Chapter 16: Creating Useful Forms with Document Templates 277

Part VI: Getting the Most Out of Scrivener  285

Chapter 17: Searching High and Low 287

Chapter 18: Creating Collections for Quick Access to Related Files 305

Chapter 19: Saving Versions of Your Files with Snapshots 319

Chapter 20: Tracking Your Revisions 333

Chapter 21: Protecting Your Work with Automatic and Manual Backups 341

Part VII: The Part of Tens  349

Chapter 22: Ten Awesome Features That Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else 351

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get More Help 359

Index  363

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    The danger of using Scrivener is that you will become a spoiled

    The danger of using Scrivener is that you will become a spoiled brat. Yes, it's that good. The problem, though, is that unless you're a technical guru or the kind of person who digs, digs, digs for information, you might learn the basics and be so content that you go no further. Hernandez' book makes sure you don't. She explains it in wonderfully easy steps and walks you through it so that you do learn.

    Most books go too far one way or the other. Either they are too detailed and you find yourself skimming, or they are too technical and you get lost. Hernandez writes in a manner that lets you meander through at a leisurely pace, or race through, picking up only what interests you. She has managed to put this together so that you can jump ahead to what interests you, and go back to things you skipped at a future date.

    I read the review that stated Literature and Latte's tutorial is sufficient and this book wasn't necessary, yet the reviewer admitted to not purchasing the book. So how does that reviewer know? I agree that Literature & Latte's manual and their tutorials are great, better than most, but I still found Scrivener for Dummies a bargain and more than worth the money.

    I had gone through Literature and Latte's Outline Section several times and still found I didn't understand it well. After going through the Outline Section in Scrivener For Dummies, I'm no longer confused.

    If you're using Scrivener, and you should be, picking up Scrivener for Dummies is a no brainer. Do it. You'll be glad you did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Scrivener For Dummies

    If you buy OS 10.8.2 buy this book too. The book is really great. If you write novels or plays this book is extraordinary. The book anticipates all of your accomplishments and problems and helps you out of trouble or succeed brilliantly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    At last!

    This book is simply a godsend. There are SO many little tricks and functions that you'd never ever figure out on your own in Scrivener. Gwen Hernandez has ferreted out thousands of them and offered them up in an easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate format. It's a perfect complement to her on-line Scrivener class, too. You don't HAVE to have both, but there's that synergy, baby.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Excellent!

    When it comes to computers, I am the first person to admit that, for me, 'dummy' could be an understatement. I did do the Scivener tutorial. It was very good. Their support people are excellent. But this little book is my security blanket and, as such, it is invaluable. I know I can go to it, find my problem and my solution, and just keep writing. It saves me time and, for that alone, I love it. The author is clear without being condescending and incredibly helpful in getting the reader through what is, really, some wonderful writing software. Definitely, definitely worth the money.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Recommended

    This is a very good book to understand,fully.

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