We all know that I am very definitely a Scrivener convert. I know a few of you have read my posts (or tweets) about Scrivener and have gone off and bought/downloaded it. It took me some time to work out its finer secrets and I don’t believe I am yet using it to it’s full advantage. In a nutshell, it is the Awesomness of writing software.
Better yet, there is a FREE BETA for windows out now, which when it goes live later this year will only cost $40 or so to upgrade. I know there are lots of free writing programs, but i am hooked and will be staying with Scrivener. (For the Windows version, scroll down the page under the link and click the download button)
- Installing Dropbox (a must have type of program)
- Downloading Scrivener
- Opening your first scrivener document and setting up the syncing
Writing in Scrivener
- Using the storyboard to plot scenes
- Part snowflake method to build the one line “scene description”
- Creating scene notes and quick draft
- writing the draft
- What do do if you want to change things around
Exporting in Scrivener
- Save to another location
- Exporting to a PDF document (How to customise this)
|Dropbox Start up Screen|
- Open up Scrivener
- You should see the create a file screen (Mine will look a little different as I have Scrivener files already)
- If you want to do the tutorial you can. (or just do later after you have set up your document)
- I select the ‘Novel’ template (without parts) as it has a fairly blank document but all the extras like character sheets and location sheets. This allows you to keep notes on each of your characters and locations. You can even upload a photo of each of your characters.
- A box appears where you need to add the title of your document AND where to save it. Click the ‘browse’ box and find that ‘dropbox folder’
- CLICK add new folder and create a folder name for your project!!!
- –> Done<–
that is it you have your work saved to Dropbox in it’s own folder, everything related to that story will save in that folder.
|Open up the New Scrivener File Screen|
|Click on Novel Template (without parts) Write in the save name for your file|
|Hit the ‘Browse’ button to save your file in Dropbox. Don’t forget to click ‘Create new sub-folder IN your dropbox folder to put your work in.|
NOTE: I would check out the syncing details for dropbox to make sure you are happy.
There is a box icon in the tray at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. It should have a little green tick in it. This means that the dropbox is working. If your internet connection goes it won’t be able to back up to the remote site and a red cross will appear there. You can right click on the icon and change the preferences if you like. OR right click and open your Dropbox website and you will see you documents on the website. (you can share them with others from here)