Managing a book project with Ulysses III

My mentions here of the OS X writing app Ulysses III continue to generate a lot of hits. And a few questions too such as… ‘How would you do in Ulysses what you do in Scrivener?’ Simple answer to that one: you wouldn’t. If you want what...

Creating a handy quick info window with Scrivener

Character names. Don’t you love them? Sometimes they’re memorable. Sometimes, especially for minor characters, they’re not. Scrivener lets you create detailed character profiles in a separate folder within your document if you want to. But...

A neat alternative to split screen in Scrivener

Here’s a familiar challenge: you want to work on one scene but know that what you’re going to write is dependent upon a scene, several stages back in the book, which is already done. The standard response to this situation, depending on the software...

How to read your manuscript like a paperback book

I’m a big fan of reading a draft manuscript in different formats. An A4 printout is good. So is a printout in paperback format — small pages, the same kind of pagination the reader will one day see. Scrivener comes with a number of pre-formatted options for the...

Quick Scrivener tip: going back and forth

One of the things I love about Scrivener is the fine attention to detail. The app never goes the way of the obvious unless it makes sense. It’s put together in a fashion that understands the way writers — at least this one — thinks. Let me give you a...