What Is Scrivener and How Do You Use It? Part 2

Patricia Bradley Inspirational Fiction, Writing

Last Friday I talked about Scrivener and the basics of using it at the MBT Ponderers blog last Friday. Today I want to talk about some of the things I love about it.

Inserting links to Websites in your folder:

Have you ever researched a topic and saved it to your favorites, then when you need it again three days later you can’t remember where you saved it? With Scrivener, you can have all your research material right at your fingertips. Here’s how I created a link to Scrivener’s tutorials when I first started using the program.

I created a folder under Research titled Scrivener Help. On the page I typed Tutorials, and then I went to the website for Scrivener tutorials and copied the address in the address bar. Then I returned to the Scrivener Help folder, right clicked the word tutorial and pasted the link.(Right click on the word you want to link, then ctrl+v) You can do the same thing to link to a Word document.



Now, anytime I need to look at a Scrivener tutorial, all I have to do is open the Scrivener Help folder and click on Tutorials and a web window will open up with the tutorials.  You can create any kind of link you need.  I write Romantic Suspense, and in my current book, I needed information on AK47s. When I found the information I needed, I simply created an AK47 folder and stored the links there.

Now for another favorite thing I love:

Character sketches. This is my hero for one of my books. (Nick, for those of you who have heard me talk about Shadows from the Past)




















Here I describe my hero, give some of his personality, date of birth, well you can see what all you can do. You can also create your own template. I do this for each of my characters. That way if I need to know an eye color or how tall someone is, or their color of hair, (you know you forget those things, too) I don’t have to go looking in another folder. It’s right where I’m working.

There are all sorts of things you can do with Scrivener–this is just two of my favorites. If you’ve worked with Scrivener, leave a comment and tell what you like best. If you haven’t and have a question, leave it, and I’ll see if I can find an answer. Might know the answer, but if I don’t, one of their tutorials will.