New and changing technology is oftentimes intimidating, especially to those of us who are comfortable with our old tools.
However, we can’t become sidelined because we are afraid of change. Even though I really do get tired of constant updates. I mean can’t Apple leave my iPhone alone. Oops, sorry veered off in the ditch for a minute.
Back to Scrivener.
Like an old dog learning a new trick, I’m finally getting the hang of Scrivener. I know many of y’all are light-years ahead of me. But maybe a few of you were like me and struggled to grasp the tools this software offers.
Want to know how I overcame my fear and uncertainty?
I’m not talking about outlining, arcs or deciding what I’m going to write. Most of that is usually stuck in our heads somewhere bouncing around like a damned ping-pong ball.
No, I like to arrange my Scrivener file just like a desk. Everything in order, everything in its place and all my ducks in a row. Then I feel as if I’m in control and ready to unleash my thoughts.
For me, this works. Any project is less intimidating if I have all the tools at my fingertips.
Here is how I get organized with Scrivener.
- First, enter the appropriate number of blank chapters.
- Next, enter the number of blank character templates needed.
- Third, enter a blank settings sketch template.
- Go back and enter info into the character templates.
- Go back to the settings templates and enter information.
- Go back to chapter one and open the scene page.
Now I’m ready to start writing.
Maybe my little video will explain it better.
Want more tips on using Scrivener?