In Descrambling Scrivener: Part I, I promised to tell you what I’d learned from Gwen Hernandez’s excellent course on Scrivener. Here are the basics:
Creating a new project: Think of Scrivener as a three-ring binder where you can store your writing, research, notes, pictures, website links and references. Drill it down even more, and you’ll find several templates for Fiction (i.e. Novel, Short Story), Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting and more. There’s also a blank template, and the option to create your own custom template. If you want to import an existing project, you can do that too.
The sum of its parts: Within Scrivener there are three main sections: the Binder, the Editor and the Inspector. Each one of these sections has a myriad of options, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll give you a “tip of the iceberg” overview of each: