The Editor Dissected

Apologies for the delay, but it’s been a busy and crazy month with a slew of writing projects. I hope to be back on a regular schedule starting next week.

Today’s tutorial focuses on the basic parts of the Editor–the area where you’ll be writing, editing and revising your draft.

Like any word processing program, the Editor has a format bar, which you can hide by going to Format->Hide Format Bar. The format bar consists of the following tools: presets, font family, typface, font size, text attributes, text alignment, text color, highlight color, line spacing, and list style. If you’ve used a word processor you know how to fiddle around with each of these tools.

Format Toolbar

Format Toolbar

Below the toolbar is the Header. This area has four functions.

Header

Header

On the extreme left the two side by side triangles indicate last document viewed (the triangle pointing left) and next document viewed (triangle pointing to the right). Click and hold and you can see your entire history.

Documents Viewed

Documents Viewed

The item icon next to your title has several functions. Click on it and you’ll see that it displays a shortcuts menu.

Item Shortcut Menu

Item Shortcut Menu

These items include:

  • Reveal in Binder: Shows the location of the currently edited file in the binder. This is useful when the method you used to get to the current document didn’t involve clicking inthe binder (such as using the history navigation buttons or a such result).
  • Path: Reveals the location of the current document in descending order. The top entry will always be the current document; the entry below that its immediate parent; and so on until the top of the project binder is reached.
  • Go To: Prvides another way to jump to a specific binder file or folder without using the binder.
  • Bookmarks: Displays any text bookmarks (to be discussed down the road) that have been added to the current document in a handy menu.
  • Take Snapshot: This command will take a snapshot of the current text and store it for later use.
  • Lock Group View Mode: When viewing a container or collection group, this command will be activated. It will lock the currently used view mode for this container, so that no matter what you change it to at a later time, clicking on it will always return to the selected view mode (much more later on about this).
  • Match Split Documents: Open the currently viewed item in the inactive split. The command is greyed out if no splits are open.
  • Lock in Place: Locks the editor (or one of the split screens) so that no Binder clicks affect it. When an editor is locked, the header bar turns a shade of red

To the right, the two up and down arrows will take you to the previous and next documents. The double box on the extreme right is the split screen tool. Click on that and you can have two screens of the same document, or a different one, sided by side or hit option and click to change the split (top to bottom).

Split Screen

Split Screen

Beneath the Header bar is the ruler.

Ruler

Ruler

You can hide the ruler by going to Format->Hide Ruler. In the next lesson, I’ll go into detail about setting margins and tabs.

At the footer of the editor, you can change the text scale. It goes as low as 50% and as high as 800%. I like to keep it at !25%.

Scale Text Size

In the center, you’ll see the word and character count, click or hover your more over those to view the statistics for document.

Statistics

Statistics

Finally, the small circle that looks like a bullseye on the extreme right sets the word or the character count for the document.

Word Target

Word Target

And that’s the Editor dissected. Next time, I’ll get more in detail about formatting the Editor and setting margins and tabs.

 

Happy Holidays from Simply Scrivener

I’ll be taking a short break and will return on January 2, 2014. May you all have a happy holiday filled with cheer, joy, and love!

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Organizing Scrivener’s Binder, Part II

Why do I love the research folder so much? Because Scrivener allows you to import a chockful of file types among them: RTF, web pages, images, OPML, PDF, and videos

In this tutorial, a number of folders will be created that will include character and location templates, images, web pages, PDFs and even some video. First, a confession: I love templates and scour the interweb to download any I might find useful. If I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for I create my own.

In the Finder, I created a new folder titled Scrivener Templates and when I find one I like, I save it there. I recently stumbled upon a very detailed outlining template that was created two months ago by Caroline Norrington. I’m always looking for different ways to outline, structure, and plot so I thought I would give this one a try because I have a vague idea of what Under the Hazelnut Tree is about. I only know that it deals with the collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and  it’s a ghost story.

After I downloaded Caroline’s template on my desktop, here’s what I did:

1. Opened a new Scrivener Project

2. Selected the Fiction tab

3. Went to the footer where it says Options and selected Import Templates, which opens the Finder.

Now I have this new template and I want to see how it looks. I name it, save it, and WOW! It’s so detailed that it’s overwhelming, but she has templates and other items within the project that I want to use and can import into my own project. Here’s what it looks like:

Carol Norrington Template

Carol Norrington Template

To import the entire project template, go to File->Import->Scrivener Project.

Importing a Scrivener Project

Importing a Scrivener Project

The Finder window will open, find the project in your files, and hit import. Once it loads, the entire file will be located under the Trash Can.

I’m interested in in the Template Sheets she designed, which are moved into my Research Folder. I’ll also keep Sample Ouput which includes PDFs on how the manuscript should look after it’s formatted as text, as  a paperback, and an image of an ebook. And I’ll move Writing Tasklist, which includes the Snowflake Method and the 31-Day Method. The rest, I trash.

A few things to note: First, I couldn’t import this project template into my Windows Notebook, using Scrivener for Windows. I’m running Windows 7 and it’s been very glitchy for a long time.  Second, when I imported the project all icons were intact (this is for the Mac version) The Template Sheets weren’t formatted as templates, but to do that go to Project->Set Selection as Templates Folder (This option is only for the Mac version; for Windows, you can save each of the docs as templates. Go to File->Save as Template). 

I’m interested importing files from webpages and PDFs that relate to the Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. So I am creating in the Research section two folders titled SCW and ALB, respectively. To import a web page, go to File->Import->Web Page.

Now that I’ve imported a few pages, I’d like to import some documentaries from YouTube, using the same process. One thing to note, if you download the video from YouTube, it immediately works, but if you want to view it at a later date, sometimes an error message appears. Not to worry because at the foot of the editor, you’ll see the linked URL appears. Click on that and it will take you directly to YouTube.

The last import will include some images that are either in my files or on the web. Again, I use the same process as above. Finally this is how the research section of the binder looks:

Research Section of Binder

Research Section of Binder

You may have noticed that I have different types of icons representing characters and setting. For Mac users only: To change folders into icons, go to the action menu, select Change Icon and from the submenu choose whichever icon that appeals to you.

Changing Icons

Changing Icons

Next time we get some writing done with the Editor and learn more about its nifty features.