Thanks to my dear writerly friend, Mina Witteman, I have recently fallen in love with Scrivener all over again.
I’m currently working on my YA thriller. It’s a novel with many twists and turns and it’s narrated from three points of view – two sisters and the anonymous killer who stalks their family.
I rarely use the same method twice when I’m writing a book – I’m always experimenting and looking for new ways to do things, although I’m sure that when I find the ‘perfect’ method, I’ll stick with it. I have to say that using Scrivener comes close. It really is a writer friendly program.
I have found that one of the best things about Scrivener is that it allows you to write in scenes.
This really suits my style of writing because it gets me thinking about the purpose of each scene and what’s actually happening in it.
It also lets me rearrange scenes if I think they might be in the wrong place – so I can look at the overall plot of a draft and decide if the pacing is working. I can look at my turning points, whether there is increasing tension, whether there is adequate conflict.
As with my current WIP, I often write in multiple points of view so one of the Scrivener features that Mina showed me that works particularly well for me is the ability to give each scene a different colour label according to whose point of view it’s being told from.
And when I’ve written the novel, I can look at the balance and see whether a character has been given too much emphasis or not enough. I can see who is trying to take over my story, and who is fading into the background.
One of the other advantages of colour coding scenes is that you can actually include draft and final scenes in a single document so you can directly compare them and swap pieces of writing between drafts.
I hope this post and these screenshots help you make better use of your Scrivener.
Do you have any favourite Scrivener features? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section of this post.
Happy writing and Scrivenering:)