Scrivener for Beginners

by: Kim Chance

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hi guys my name is Kim chance I'm a young adult author and welcome back to my channel today's video is a technology video and we are going to be diving into a wonderful world of Scrivener okay now I know there are some of you out there thinking nope not for me well you my friend are the very reason that I'm making this video because until recently I'm saying the exact same thing every time someone brought up Scribner I was just like nope that is not for me it is too intimidating it is too overwhelming there were too many mills and whistles I can't handle that so no thank you and until very recently I have done all of my writing in Microsoft work however when I started drafting Seeker I realized I needed a program with a bit more capability a bit more well then in Microsoft Word he will and so even though I was a little nervous about it I downloaded Scrivener and my experience so far has been very very positive that being said I will admit that when I first started using the program it was kind of rough I had a hard time figuring out how to use the program how to just have my document set up the way that I wanted to I ended up having to spend several hours watching tutorials to kind of get acclimated with the program and how to use it the way that I wanted to use it and so today's video I'm going to be sharing with you the basics of how to get started in Scrivener and when I say basics I mean the basics if you have come here looking for an advanced tutorial about all the different features of Scrivener this is not that video this is for people like me who are terrified to try Scrivener because it just seems too overwhelming there just seems like too much on the screen and they're not sure how to deal with it that's who this video is for if you are already using Scribner and you're looking for advanced tips again not this video but basically I'm just going to be sharing with you guys some of the things that I needed to know when I first started things that I had to search and find the answers for because I didn't know how to do that when I first started using them so in this video we're gonna be talking about how to make your screen look a little less busy so that it's not too much going on we're gonna talk about how to color code how to set your document up in terms of your page margins how to save it how to export it to a Word document like we're gonna be doing a lot of those basic basic functions so if you've never given Scribner a try but you want to you then this is the video for you and hopefully once we get done going through all of this you will feel far less intimidated and then when we start it and hopefully you can give Scrivener a try so we're gonna move over to my computer and we'll get started ok guys so the first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna open Scrivener and before we get started one thing that I want to point out is the version of Scrivener that I have I recently downloaded Scrivener within the last couple of months and so you'll see down here it tells you what version I'm using three point zero point one I have no idea if they have a new version that's come out recently but this is the version that I have and so if you are working with an older version of Scrivener your screen and my screen are probably not going to look the same this was actually a problem when I was learning how to use Scrivener because most of the tutorials that I came across were for older versions so you just want to keep that in mind so when you open Scrivener this is the screen that pops up there are some tutorials and video tutorials and the manual you can read that if you want to but if you're ready to get started you go over here and click fiction and then novel and this window that pops up is very important because this is gonna be where your project is saved and all of your backups go so I would normally save it to Dropbox because I save everything to Dropbox but for the purpose of this video I'm just gonna save it to the desktop and we're gonna call this log book and create it alright and so when your project has been created this is the screen that pops up let me go fullscreen see can see it a little easier okay so right here in this first thing this is your novel format information there's a lot of really good information in here about how to compile how to use the template making changes etc I do encourage you to go here and read all of that because there is a lot of good information in there for you now if you're like me when I first opened Scrivener install all of this it was very overwhelming it's just a lot of information there's a lot of buttons a lot of functions there's just a lot going on and I definitely prefer a cleaner workspace if you will so today one of the things that I'm definitely going to show you how to do is how to clean it up so that it's not quite so overwhelming so first things first this little panel over here on the right is called the inspector and there are a lot of functions over here and to be honest I don't even know how to work all of them I'm still pretty new myself I know there are people who do a lot over here in the inspector I however am NOT good with the inspector just yet so one thing that I wanted to do was get rid of this because I found it to be super distracting so to get rid of the inspector you're gonna go up here to view and hide inspector so if you click that boom it goes away now the other thing over here on the left is what we call your binder and there is a lot going on in the binder and once again I'm the type of person who really prefers something that's more organized more clean and there's a lot going on and so if there are things over here that you do not think that you will need you can get rid of them so for example the template sheets they have built-in character profiles for you you can even do kind of like a setting profile if you want to I have my own templates so I did not think that this would be something that I would need and so to get rid of it I right-click and go move to trash and it goes away now research for whatever reason is one of those like if you try to delete it you'll see you can't move it to trash but what you can do is you can minimize it so that all of like the drop down stuff goes away notes this is a place where you can put notes I use actual physical notebook for this so this is another thing that I did not need so you can get rid of that your frontmatter you're gonna want to hang on to this one particularly if you plan to do all of your compiling and your formatting if you are you know self-publishing and you're gonna be doing your paperback and your ebook formatting like just just hang on to all of this just minimize it so it doesn't get in your way places this is another one that I personally did not need so I deleted it same thing with characters and so now you can see that my binder is a lot cleaner it's a lot easier to work with now your manuscript this is obviously where your manuscript is and the default setting for this is they have each chapter set as a folder and then each scene within the chapter setup as a text document and you can leave it like that if you want to I wanted something very very simplistic I did not want to have to worry about creating a chapter folder for every chapter and like a text document was just too much so basically what I did is I just got rid of all of this and for each chapter I just created a text document so chapter 1 manuscript and you're just right clicking add new text and you can do that for as many as you want and again you can customize this however you like that's kind of the cool thing about Scrivener is it is very customizable now another thing that I found really really helpful with my chapters was the use of color coding and so color coding can be used to differentiate between points of view which is what I use it for or you could do it to symbolize where you're at in the writing process like maybe Green is this chapter is all done red is this is a hot mess and yellow is this still needs tweaks but it's almost there however you want to do it so if you want to color code your chapters what do you do oh sorry is you right click nope that's not right okay so I was right up here you go to edit nope hold on let me find file file no ok it's ok it is ok sorry guys brains fast see I'm still learning Scrivener myself sometimes you just have to play around and find stuff okay so you right-click right here where it says label all of these colors are gonna pop up so you can just pick whatever color you want let's go with purple now if you click that you'll notice that nothing happened and when I first started using Scribner this really threw me for a loop because I was like where did it go so what you have to do if you want your colors to actually show up is you have to go up here to view use label color in and it's got all of these different options we're over here in the binder so let's pick binder and you'll see there it is it popped up now I didn't like the dot I wanted the entire kind of chapter title to be selected so if you want it to be wider than that little dot use label color in so go up to view use label color in and then use use full width and binder and you'll see that it's highlighted it in full width so we can do it for all of these we can pick our label and since you already selected it for one it will do that for all of them so yeah so now you can see those are all color coded and if you want your color coding to show up in all of the different areas of Scrivener you're just gonna go back to view and just select all of these different options so that no matter where you go in Scrivener what view you're in all of your labels will show up so that's how you label everything so okay now I want to show you is the different views so this is kind of like your main screen but if you go back up here to view you'll see that we're in the document format right now but they also have cork board and outline so let's start with cork board so if you go to your manuscript and you're in cork board view you can see that they have it set up as a virtual cork board so if you like the note card method that'll be something that you might like and of course your color coding is still there for you you can see that and then the outline view I really like the outline view because it shows your entire book as an outline and what's neat about this is you can set the status so like if it's something you still need to do you can put it us to do if it's you know in one of the various draft stages you can select that or if it's done you can put done so as you're looking through this you kind of know where you stand in what you have to do you can change the section type to maybe you're working on just a scene or it's a full chapter or it's the table of contents whatever you can label it and then this is really cool too let's say you're working on something and you want to set like a target word count for that chapter you can you can set that and then it will track the progress there for you which is really nice now another thing that you want to do is set up your document because if you're like me I came from Microsoft Word and I wanted something that looked like Microsoft Word I know that sounds kind of silly and so one thing that you want to do like if you'll notice when I start typing when I start typing the page looks funny when I first started using this I couldn't understand like why the indenting the indention looks so strange here excuse me and I just could not figure figure things out so first things first obviously up here is where you can change your fonts you can change your like your IFRIC I don't know the style whether you want it to be regular italic or whatever the size you've got your bold and all of that and then over here is your line spacing so it's set for one point one if you want a double spaced you can do two but to fix this indention thing what you're gonna do is you're gonna go over here to the top left corner and click the little arrow button and then click show page view and it changes it to look more like a Microsoft Word document and you'll see that the margins look a lot happier the indentation looks normal it's just a lot easier in my opinion so if you just again it's this upper left-hand corner and it says show page view click show page view and it will be there for you I'm three other little things that I want to show you guys is this button right here is what we call composition view or let me click on it and you'll see it's full screen view I like this one a lot because it takes away the distractions like there's no other buttons or bells or whistles or anything like it's just the document so I really like full screen view or composition view so you can use that to get out of it you just hit escape and it goes back to your screen and then if I'll have a lot of people ask me about my word count tracker if you go to project there is a built in progress target tool here in Scribner so go down so project go down to show project targets and this little guy pops up and what's really cool about this is you can set your manuscript target so let's say you want your your manuscript to be 70,000 words you can say that and then your session target is each time you sit down to write your you know write your book so let's say I want to make sure I hit at least 50 words in this writing session and you'll see I've already written eight so it's gonna track my progress so I really like this especially because you can see like where you're at me overall manuscript and then also where you're at with your current writing session so that's really cool too and the last thing I want to show you guys is I've had a lot of questions about how do you do critiques like let's say you often trade pages with your critique partner how exactly do you do that with in Scrivener because if you're like me and my critique partner we really utilize Microsoft words in track document or excuse me interact comments and using track changes and stuff like that so how would we do that in Scrivener well the answer is pretty simple you're just gonna export it to a Word document so you're just gonna click on whatever it is that you want to export go up to file and do export export files and then they'll see it's gonna pop up for you and it I think the default is rich text I always just change it to a dot X file you can probably do rich text but I just do this and then hit export it's gonna export your file for you and then it will pop up wherever you chose to save it so I picked the desktop so if we minimize Scrivener here dirt the dirt there it is and you will see that it's going to open as a Word document so that your critique partner could actually go in and make changes so yeah so there you have it guys that is kind of my very basic setup for Scrivener I was really overwhelmed when I first started using it particularly because the screen just looked so busy and there were just many tools and so many functions they didn't really know how to use all of them I still don't know how to use all of them if I'm being honest but I'm learning and this will definitely help you maybe get started and yeah so if you guys want to see more in-depth tutorials from me about Scrivener as I learn more because I certainly have a lot left to learn then let me know in the comments below because I would definitely like to help you guys out and as I learn more I will share it with all of you alrighty guys so there you have it those are my basic tips for how to set up Scrivener when you are brand new you are a newbie and you're a little bit intimidated by the program hopefully this makes things a little easier my goal for this was to make this easy enough that you would be able to download Scrivener and just start working right away without having to stop and figure out all the basic bills and whistles now I am still learning myself and there are tons of functions that I haven't even learned myself so as I continue learning I hope to do more of these in the future if you have any questions about Scrivener anything that you want me to figure out and share with you let me know down in the comments below and I would be happy to do that and if you're new to Scribner let me know how your experience is going if you've learned any tips or tricks that you want to share with us you can also leave those in the comments below because as we all know sharing is caring if you liked what you saw today please be sure to give it a thumbs up to support me and my channel and if you're new thank you so much for stopping by I hope you'll hit that subscribe button and ring that little bell I post weekly writing advice videos every Tuesday and I would love for you to come back and join me my debut novel keeper is available and if you haven't already be sure to grab your copy the sequel seeker is coming out in the fall of 2019 and you're definitely gonna want to read keeper before you read seeker because otherwise you'd be confused so yeah go read keeper so that you'll be ready for a seeker come fall next fall not this all next of all focus champion anyway thank you guys so much for watching have they get some writing done and I'll be seeing you very soon

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