I get a lot of that when I post these tutorials. Sometimes the tone is a bit confrontational, and my nose gets out of joint, but I’m a believer of sharing the wealth…
Does that mean you’ll buy us a Mac?
No. As I was saying…I’m a big believer of sharing the wealth of KNOWLEDGE. Now I have the means to share it because these tutorials are written using Scrivener for Microsoft Windows software on a Windows OS laptop.
Will you give us the software for free?
No. If you don’t have the software, Literature and Latte has a 30 day trial of the software that’s fully operational. In other words, not a pared-down version. And that’s 30 days of actual use. You use it once a week then it’s good for 30 weeks. You use it once a day then it’s good for the entire months of September, April, June and November (you know, 30 days hath….). You can download it from the Literature and Latte site and later purchase it there or on Amazon. The cost is $40.00.
If I subscribe to your site may I get a discount?
You don’t need to (although it would be nice), but when it’s time to purchase the software type in the Coupon Code box: SIMPLYSCRIVENER, and you’ll get a discount.
Do you get a commission?
Yes, I do.
Sharing the wealth, huh?
Moving on…Now that you’ve downloaded Scrivener and installed it, you should have a shortcut on your desktop or have it pinned in your task bar or if you’re running Windows 8.1 have a tile pinned in your Start window. I have it in all three.
A little obsessive-compulsive, aren’t we?
If you want to learn how to use Scrivener, pipe down! Click on any of the icons. Scrivener will open a New Project Window. On the left, you’ll see the categories and in the window to the right you’ll see the different templates for each corresponding category. The templates are designed for various forms of writing, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplay, and even recipes!
When you select a template, a description will appear below. Click on each category, select and read through each template description until you decide which one you’d like to use.
What if I’m not sure which one to select?
I like to create templates, so I typically choose the blank one. That gives the freedom to arrange the binder with folder and text files in any way you like. Once you’ve selected the template, go to Save As, name it, and choose where you want to save your project.
Once the project is saved, it will open, and this is how it looks like:
Let’s take a look at the various parts of the project. At the very top, we have the menu bar. Below that is the toolbar, which can be customized to include whichever icons you want for easy access. The toolbar in this image has been customized to my preference. Underneath the toolbar is the formatting toolbar.
Let’s skip over and take a look at the Binder. The Binder has three sections: Draft, Research, and Trash. The draft section is the area that will contain folders and text files. The research area can also contain folders and text files, but also PDFs, images, web pages. Trash is self-explanatory.
There are five ways to add folders and text files:
Go to the menu bar and select Project=>New Text or Ctrl+N
If it’s on the toolbar, click on the Green circle icon with the plus sign. A window will open with a sub-menu. Select New Text.
At the Binder’s footer, select the icon to the very left that looks like a sheet of paper with a plus sign.
At the Binder’s footer, click on the gear (action menu) a window with a sub-menu will open. Click on Add and select New Text.
Right-click anywhere in the Binder. A menu will open. Select Add from there select New Text.
If you want to add folders, just repeat the same steps and select New Folder or you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N. There’s one exception: at the Binder’s footer, you can select the folder with the plus sign.
What if meant to create a text file and by mistake I clicked on the Folder icon?
You can convert it. Select the folder in the Binder then go to Documents=>Convert=>Convert to File.
Well now…that’s a neat feature.
And there are many more. Here’s a project populated with both files and folders.
A couple of things to note: The text files have lines on them that means there’s copy. When you create a new text file, it appears as a blank sheet of paper. Secondly, in this example, the folder looks like it has an attachment. That means I wrote something on it like a quote to kick-off Part One of the Work in Progress. Also, you’ll see the text files are indented that means they’re in the folder. Click on the expansion arrow to the left of the folder to hide the files or to unhide them.
How do I get my files into the folder?
You can click on the text file and drag the inside the folder, or you select the folder and add a new file, using the various methods outlined above.
Can I import my Work in Progress into Scrivener?
Yes, you can. I’ll discuss that in the next lesson as well as the glorious Research section. Now go create a project, files, and folders.