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.

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  1. I’ve thought about it but it seems to be so complicated to learn how to use it. Maybe if I knew someone who could talk me through it face to face.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Hi Colleen, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and also that it works for non-fiction writing. Thanks for the post and I have read through the great comments! Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need 🙂

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  7. 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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  8. I battled with this, blogged about this, whined about this for months…then got the trial and bought it within three days. I admit, I’ve yet to do any real writing in it but it has helped my organization SO MUCH.

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