How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels – Helping Writers Become Authors

I have been thinking about buying Scrivener. This program looks like it is really great. If you use it, please let me know why you love it or hate it. Thanks. ❤

Scrivener does more than help writers outline and draft; it’s great for editing too. Here are 6 tips for how to use Scrivener to edit a better story.

Source: How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels – Helping Writers Become Authors

About Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017. The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family. Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website

36 Responses

  1. I’m using this, Colleen and don’t know where I’d be without it. I was nervous to start with but watched the tutorial a few times and then practised with it by collating all my short stories. Works a treat, feel very organised and now there is an iPad version out so much the better!

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  2. Scrivener is easy to use for the things you will commonly use it for. It’s a game changer if you have been relying on word processor software. You can Google coupons for it, I got 50℅ off on the spot.

    K.M. Wieland is a treasure. Shares so much good info.
    Great post!

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          1. Yes, it’s easy. Since you have Gmail I simply add you as a user with access to the document and you will get an email informing you that I shared the document with you.
            If you have problems/ questions, you will have my email. I’ll do it just to show you.

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  3. I have used Scrivener a lot and it was I who recommended it to Eloise. I used it for both of my novels. That’s how I managed to write the first draft of Eleven Miles in just 32 days.
    You can cork-board all your thoughts on the plot, sub-plots, scenes, characters, images that fire your imagination, references, randoms and so on. Then make some documents with character profiles and a few lines for what will go into each chapter. Shuffle them so that you get your desired structure then you are ready to dive into the deep end and start writing.
    Most of the time, I have a split window: my free flow writing on the left and my character summaries in the right.
    I then kept writing till I reached the end, using the structure and references that I’d created. Put it aside for a few days then start reviewing and revising.
    If you have a great friend, who is also a great writer in her own right, to help you with beta reading and editing, you’ll have a superb end product before you know it!

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  4. I am just a beginner with Scrivener and bought it for my iPad about a month ago. I know it has much more to offer than I presently understand but already I find it so much easier to organise chapter files and move around my work adding in ideas as they come. I am confident that this software is a fantastic buy!

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  5. Scrivener is an amazing program which I have bought and downloaded more than 2 years ago. I’ve watched several tutorials, podcasts, even bought the Scrivener for Dummies book, and still cannot wrap my head around it, lol. Still working with Word, LOL 🙂

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