Writing a Novel with Scrivener
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
The writing and story development program Scrivener is taking the world by storm. Here the bestselling author David Hewson, creator of the successful Nic Costa series, offers a personal, highly-focussed guide to using this powerful application to create a novel, now newly-updated to cover the brand new release version for Windows.
Hewson, a Scrivener user for years who's written five of his popular novels in the app, takes users through the basic processes of structuring a full-length novel, writing and developing the story, then delivering it either as a manuscript for an agent or publisher or as an ebook direct to Kindle or iBook.
Alongside the practical advice, he offers a working novelist's insight into the process of writing popular fiction. And this book is, of course, created entirely within Scrivener itself, from development through to publication on Kindle, a process followed in detail in the book. Please read the reviews to see what users think of this unique book, produced entirely from within Scrivener itself.
PRAISE FOR DAVID HEWSON'S NOVELS
The Fallen Angel, book nine in the Costa series
The Washington Post says, ‘…perhaps his finest novel. It’s hard to see how the author could have made his dark tale more fascinating, entertaining and yet entirely serious than he has.’
The New York Times, ‘Mr. Hewson’s crime novel, the ninth in a series, is like a satisfying “Law & Order” episode set in modern-day Rome… the ending is the rich tiramisu we’ve waited for.’
Bookreporter, ‘I cannot imagine anyone picking up a book authored by David Hewson and not falling in love with the subject matter within the first 50 pages or so. The Fallen Angel, his latest and arguably best work, continues the practice while upping his own ante by a notch or three.’
Hewson is a daunting talent — a writer who is a master stylist.
David Hewson is one of the finest thriller writers working today. A born stylist.
(Dante's Numbers)...is easily the best yet in a really terrific series.
Hewson is one of our finest crime writers. Absorbing, intelligent, and with a staggeringly vivid sense of place.
you use it? Story ideas would seem the obvious use. Or working information about several combined projects perhaps. Use your imagination. Revision The fiction business is full of hoary old chestnuts. Here’s one of the few to carry a grain of truth. There are no great writers. Only great rewriters. Revision is a fundamental part of the business of being an author for most of us. There may be people out there who finish a manuscript, can’t see any way to improve it, then dash off the file to
you’re happy with them. Just hit save in the compile window, give them a name, and you can recall them again when you need them. Export to ebook formats One of the new features of Scrivener 2 was the ability to export your manuscript directly to either of the two main ebook formats, epub (used by iBooks and others) and Kindle (which is a variation of a format known as .mobi). This is an incredible leap forward and one I suspect will be copied by other writing apps very quickly — Apple’s
sure to save your Compile settings using the save button at the foot of the Compile panel like this. Once you’ve done that you can recall them easily at any time using the ‘Format As’ dropdown at the top of the Compile screen. You can proof Kindle exports in Kindle apps or a Kindle device. There’s also a piece of free software available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/kindlepublishing called Kindle Previewer. This will show how your book will look on a variety of devices from the iPhone
the Inspector in more detail later). The Corkboard is an outlining and brainstorming tool. You can use it to play with ideas, create new scenes, shuffle around existing ones. When you move the card in the Corkboard everything attached to it — including the text of the scene — moves with it. So you can forget about all that tedious cut and paste to move things around in a manuscript. It’s now as easy as dragging things around. You can, of course, do all this in the standard view just using the
project (though you can still exclude it in the final compile process as we shall see). It will be ticked by default and usually you will want to leave it that way since the Manuscript or Draft folder is exclusively for the book itself. You may find that documents outside the Draft have this ticked too but don’t worry about it. Under normal circumstances — and novels are normal to Scrivener — only those files inside your Draft folder will be exported. Scrivener’s templates come with a variety of