Scrivener For Dummies

Scrivener For Dummies

by Gwen Hernandez

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Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez

No matter what you want to write, Scrivener makes iteasier.
 
Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, orsomething in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stageof the writing process. Scrivener ForDummies walks you step-by-step through this popularwriting software’s best features. This friendly ForDummies  guide starts with the basics, buteven experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tipsfor getting more from their favourite writing software.

  • Walks you through customizing project templates for yourproject needs
  • Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print ande-book formats 
  • Helps you set up project and document targets and minimizedistractions to keep you on track and on deadline
  • Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, createcollections, and understand their value
  • Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hardwork along the way

From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivenerfor Dummies makes it easier than ever toplan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece inScrivener.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118312476
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 226,330
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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 Happens95

Chapter 7: Getting Rid of Distractions with Composition Mode119

Chapter 8: Planning Your Project with the Corkboard 129

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

Chapter 10: Marking Up Your Text with Inline Annotations andComments 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 Progress247

Chapter 15: Saving Time with Custom Layouts and ProjectTemplates 261

Chapter 16: Creating Useful Forms with Document Templates277

Part VI: Getting the Most Out of Scrivener  285

Chapter 17: Searching High and Low 287

Chapter 18: Creating Collections for Quick Access to RelatedFiles 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 ManualBackups 341

Part VII: The Part of Tens  349

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

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get More Help 359

Index  363

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Scrivener For Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GGiammatteo More than 1 year ago
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.
threeoutside More than 1 year ago
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.
RainyGirl More than 1 year ago
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.
John-Gregory More than 1 year ago
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.
jda62 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book to understand,fully.
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