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Beginners — Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the technical jargon surrounding your software? Take a look at these quick start visual eBooks that explain step by step, in pictures, how to write a book in Scrivener.

Please NOTE that the books on Amazon have been updated to make the text dynamic. The content is still the same, and there is a link inside the books to get the embedded image version if you prefer it.

Scrivener Essentials Windows

Get Scrivener Essentials for Windows HERE

Scrivener Essentials Mac

Get Scrivener Essentials for Mac HERE

Scrivener: How to Get Quick Start Visual eBook Guides.

Imagine if you could use Scrivener like a seasoned professional, knowing the keyboard shortcuts, what the tools on the toolbar do; flying through the application and creating an amazing story without being distracted by having to revert to the users manual to look up how to use a feature every time you want to use it.

In the back of your mind you know that the Scrivener software you bought is going to simplify your writing process and help you become more productive.

You have heard about the cool split screen views, virtual cork boards and the collections feature where you can process all instances of a document at once even though you have it in several different collections.

But best of all you’ve heard that you can export your content to multiple platforms without having to change the original draft document! Imagine the time you are going to save. Not to mention that if you can format your own work for export

The problem is, before you can do all that, you have to learn how to use the Scrivener software.

This can be overwhelming if you try to learn from the Scrivener user’s manual, because it uses a lot of technical jargon and it is hard to weed out the information you need from every conceivable feature of the software.

Especially without many images to show you what regions of the interface the guide is referring to.

So I decided to make step by step visual guides that will take you through the process of writing and publishing a book.

You could load the guide on a tablet and keep it as a handy reference beside your computer or if you don’t have a tablet, or if you simply like to work that way you could load it onto your monitor right beside your project.

I decided to do one guide especially for windows users and another especially for mac so that there are no distracting instructions for Macintosh users that send you on a wild Google search after functions that are not supported by Scrivener for Windows

In this video I am going to show you how it works with the book loaded on your kindle app beside your project on your desktop.

Apart from the table of contents which needed to be clickable, the books are made up entirely of pictures, so that you can instantly recognize the regions of the user interface.

There are arrows pointing right at the buttons mentioned in the instructions, making them easy to find.

Since the text in eBooks is dynamic and the reader can set the font size, the biggest problem with step by step instructions is that the instruction tends to drift off the page of the image it is referring to. Then you end up having to jump between pages to make sense of it. I have got around this by embedding the instructions into the image they are referring to. I would highly recommend that you read through the guide once to familiarize yourself with what is possible and the afterwards you can cut back to the table of contents and find the heading for the task you wish to perform and skip straight to it.

For instance, I think I might go back and set up my favorite font style, and then I might find out how to split my screen vertically instead of horizontally.

If I were to cover everything that Scrivener can do it would not fit into an eBook, so I have stuck to the basics you need to write and publish a book. And then I have added all the must have Scrivener tricks because I can’t help myself. I get excited.

These guides cover how to:

Open a project,

Choose a template and familiarize yourself with the work spaces

Toggle between normal Text Editing Mode, Cork Board Mode and Outlining Mode as well as how to use each of them.

Then there is the distraction free Full Screen Mode, and how to split your screen to have two documents or two versions of the same document open at once.

I have covered extensively:

How to manage your files and folders.

How to import media and text files even of you want to import your content from another writing application pre-sorted into chapters or sections.

I have explained how to set up character and place sketches and attach images to them,

make use of Scrivener’s editing tools like collections and snapshots, a word frequency checker and a character name generator.

You will learn how to Compile your work for export to your agent as a paperback or as an eBook. This includes fiddling with the chapter headings settings until you have them the way you want them and your ebooks before you publish them.

Previewing your books before uploading them saves a lot of time because you know your formatting is correct, and everything looks the way you want it. And if it doesn’t, it is easy to go back and fix it and preview it again.

So if quick start visual tutorials seem like a good fit for you, click on the link below & start making the most of your Scrivener Software today! And don’t forget to check in the description below for some free Scrivener cheat sheets and a couple of useful Scrivener video tutorials.

This has been Karen from Happy writing.