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How to Draft with Scrivener

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about outlining, brainstorming, and researching your novel with Scrivener. That is all basically Stage One of novel writing. Today, I’m moving on to Stage Two: Drafting. (Stage Three is Revising, and that post will come eventually.)

This will cover a few basic features of Scrivener that will help you while you’re drafting your manuscript. 

If you haven’t already, read the first part of this series. It covers a ton of features that will help you while drafting that I won’t talk about here. (Using the Binder, Inspector, and Corkboard especially.) Many of the features you use while planning will still be features you use while drafting. 

Customising Your Toolbar

The very first thing you should do before you start drafting is customize your toolbar so you have quick access to all of the features you like best. You’ll notice my toolbar is different from the default toolbar. For instance, I’ve included things like ‘typewriter mode’ which will keep my cursor centered on the page in composing view. I’ve removed things like ‘keywords’ which I don’t often use.

Simply go to View -> Customize Toolbar to find the screen above. As an added bonus, you’ll get the option to show text underneath the icons. You’ll notice in this guide, I say to click on a lot of icons. Knowing their names will make following these instructions so much less complicated.

The Default Drafting Screen

The default drafting screen in Scrivener looks something like the second image above, with the Binder and Inspector on either side of the drafting space. The Binder and Inspector can be extremely useful while drafting. The Binder makes all of your manuscript and research easy to navigate. The Inspector lets you view all of your notes for the chapter you’re writing. You can read more about them in my planning guide.   

They’re wonderful features. Most of the time.

Sometimes, however, they clutter your drafting screen and get in your way. The good news is that the default drafting screen does not have to be the one you actually use to write in.

Full Screen Composition Mode

The easiest way to limit distractions and simplify your screen is by going into full screen composition mode. You can access this by clicking on the icon of a blue square with arrows in your toolbar, or going to View -> Enter Composition Mode.

Full screen mode is pretty customizable. You can change the size of the “page” on the screen, as well as the size of the text (by zooming, not changing the font point).

You can also add a background. The background can be a color or an image. In the example in image three, I’m using my desktop as a background. You can add an image by going to View -> Composition Backdrop.

In composition mode, there’s a toolbar that pops up when you hover at the bottom of your screen (which you can see above.) Here is where you can change the size of your text/page. You can also view your word count, pull up a simplified version of your Inspector, and navigate your manuscript.

Composition mode is a handy feature if you don’t want much more on your screen than a blank page and your text.

But if that’s not enough and you’re missing the Microsoft Word drafting screen, there’s a way to get that as well…

Mimicking the Microsoft Word Aesthetic

For the first year that I used Scrivener, I drafted in Word and copy and pasted the text to Scrivener to organize it. I’d written in Word my entire life, and found the transition to a new word processor extremely difficult.

Little did I know that you can make your Scrivener drafting window mimic Word with just a half-dozen clicks.

In your binder, click on ‘Manuscript.’ Then, click on the stacked pages icon in your toolbar (or using the keyboard shortcut [Command + 1]). This will give you a drafting view of your entire document.

Hide the Inspector and Binder by clicking the blue ‘i’ to the far right of your toolbar and the blue binder on the far left of your toolbar.

View the individual pages of your manuscript by clicking the ‘wrap’ icon to the right of the yellow comment icon in your toolbar.

You can even add the ruler view (by adding the icon to your toolbar when you customize your toolbar, and clicking on it, or using the command [Command + R])

See your chapter titles in this view by going to Format -> Options -> Show Titles in Scrivenings. (The full manuscript view.)

You can draft your entire manuscript in this view if you’d like. If not, to get your inspector and binder back, simply click on their icons again, and navigate back to viewing specific chapters, split screens, the cork board, etc.

Using the Split Screen to View References

Returning to the default drafting screen, Scrivener also has a great split screen feature. ([Command+”] or View-> Layout -> Split Vertically), you can use one half of your screen to draft and the other half of your screen to view items from your research and planning. In the example above, I have a picture of Darcy pulled up while “writing” his description in Chapter Three. However, there are even more useful ways to use this feature. You can pull up maps, character sketches, earlier chapters, videos, and just about anything else you may need.

By eliminating the need to search your computer for your references, toggling between programs, or scrolling within a document, this feature eliminates distractions, frustration, and makes using references while writing a breeze.

You can see in the fifth image that I’ve hidden the Inspector to give myself more screen space for my two documents.

Adding Target Word Counts  

This is a NaNoWriMo prep post. At the bottom right corner of your drafting screen is a little bullseye. Click that and you can enter your daily word count goal. As you write, you can track your progress towards that goal in a little progress bar that will appear next to the bullseye.

If you’re too busy drafting to pay attention to it, Scrivener will notify you when you hit your target.


  • You can change the drafting screen’s background color. If a white background hurts your eyes, you can change the color of your drafting background by going to Preferences -> Appearance -> Customizable Colors -> Editor -> Page Background and choosing a color that suits you. Basically every color in Scrivener is customizable. 
  • Syncing. I can’t write about it, because i don’t have Scrivener on my phone and my tablet is too old to support it, but you can put Scrivener on your phone, tablet, and other computers, and you can sync theme rather easily. You’ll just have to find another tutorial for that.
  • Snapshots. If you edit while drafting, click the little camera icon in either the toolbar or binder, and you can save the previous version to your file. If you decide to revert the scene, or steal a paragraph from it, it will be in the Inspector waiting for you.
  • The Name Generator. If you go to Edit -> Writing Tools, you’ll find the name generator. It can generate 500 full names in less than a second. If you need a quick name while drafting, you can grab one here.
  • Automatic saves. Scrivener automatically saves your manuscript almost constantly and it rarely, rarely crashes. You will never have to worry about losing your work because of program failure. Never again cry because you exited without saving hours worth of work, or your word processor crashed before you even had a chance to save the document at all.
  • Compiling. I’m going to save compiling for the ‘revising’ section of this series, but you can see how it’s done in my quickest Scrivener guide.

The worst thing about reincarnation is if the memories from another life sticks to your brain.

[Let him rest.]

And that no matter how happy you are now with your new life with him, all the guilt, regret, sorrow, loneliness, despair, and the heartache, the fucking heartache, wouldn’t vanish.

Then, suffocating thoughts flood your mind, does he remember? Will the memories eventually come back to him? Will he forgive you? Will he leave?

Will he still love you?

anonymous asked:

(Twin with the brown haired crush again) Thank you for the advice! though honestly doubt my sister's "biphobic" i think she's just having a hard time accepting that something she's believed of me (that im straight) could be false and that she's having trouble adjusting to the knowledge and that she'll come around. But yes i WILL tell the girl and keep you updated!

That’s still biphobic. It doesn’t matter if she’ll come around eventually or not. It‘s not her place to “have a hard time” after your coming-out. Assuming everyone else is straight and not being able to just accept it when someone says they’re not comes from heteronormativity and queerphobia - in your specific case biphobia.

So I wouldn’t downplay what you sister is doing here. I’m not saying she can’t unlearn this biphobia and if she does, that’s great. But she shouldn’t be praised for it because being not biphobic is essentially just being a decent human being.

It’s not really helpful that she doesn’t ‘mean’ to be biphobic because she’s still being biphobic. Sure it’s a difference between being willfully hateful and ‘just’ being ignorant but the consequence is still the same, namely that you are scared of being yourself and acting on your crush because of what your sister has said/done.

I like giving the example of my truly supportive and accepting mother. She’s nice and really starting to become more (queer)feminist. But she once said “I think being a bi women is so much easier than being a bi man because it’s just more accepted… men love seeing two women make out”. I know she was ‘just’ being ignorant and naive but that was still a very biphobic (and misogynist) thing to say and I had to explain to her that being fetishised for the pleasure of cishet men isn’t what I’d call acceptance of female bisexuality.

Anyway… good luck with the crush, I keep my fingers crossed!


anonymous asked:

I don't watch voltron (I plan to but haven't had the time yet), so could you please explain the sheith discourse? Idk anything about any of the characters specifically, but just based on appearances I've always liked that better than klance.

Oh my sweet summer child, I wish you well if you ever decide to brave through this fandom hell. Okay so I’ll sum this up because honestly I do not wish to talk about this discourse anymore.

Everything started shortly after the show aired on Netflix on June 10th. Due to Keith’s and Shiro’s close bond, familiarity with one another and always attempting to protect each other, they became a popular ship. So popular in fact that Josh Keaton, Shiro’s voice actor, acknowledged this on his blog and even coined the name for the ship: sheith.

It didn’t take long until he and Neil Kaplan, Zarkon’s voice actor, started mentioning sheith on their twitters as well. To top it off, Chris Palmer, who directs the show, also made this Shiro drawing with the description “Shiro loves you, baby” and tagged “he is looking at Keith.” Honestly with so many people involved with the show (even if the VAs aren’t directly involved, it was still nice) showing support for the ship, and considering Montgomery and dos Santos who previously worked on The Legend of Korra are producers in Voltron, a lot of people believe they could become canon like Korra and Asami.

Things blew up however when SDCC happened in July. Tim Hedrick, Montgomery and dos Santos who were at the event were asked by a fan about the ages of the characters, since the only clue we had was the DreamWorks’ site saying they’re teenagers. Pidge is 14, Shiro is 25 at most and everyone else is late teens.

However, many fans interpreted it as proof that Shiro is factually 25 and the other three are 17 and claim that Shiro/Paladin ships are pedophilia, wrong, incorrect and a bunch of other nasty things. They use the video as confirmation and refuse each and any other evidence to contrary, even when it comes from the same people that were in the video. Some even attack the voice actors over it, which is why Josh Keaton stopped talking about ships altogether on Twitter. The truth is, most people before and after the video saw and still see Hunk, Keith and Lance as being 18-19 and Shiro as 20-22 at most, not 25 since he doesn’t even look that old.

There is a whole lot more to this story, including but not limited to the fact that the official comic still mentions they’re five teenagers even after the SDCC event, Josh Keaton confirmed on twitter that ages were never brought up during recording and how Hedrick, Montgomery and dos Santos refuse to answer any all questions regarding the ages, and someone found a video prior to the age video where Montgomery talked about Shiro being a student, not an instructor as people against the ship kept mentioning. Recently Pidge’s voice actor also snapchatted about Shiro/Keith and Shiro/Keith/Lance. Last week it was revealed that the garrison where the paladins previously studied at is college like education and a military base as well, meaning they couldn’t be younger than 18.

Tbh the whole thing is a mess, the only thing we know for sure is that the creators themselves apparently never gave this too much thought in the first place because they wanted people to see the characters as being the age they believe them to be. And now they either refuse to talk about it anymore or contradict each other in what they have to say about it, but antis refuse to stop and continue harassing shippers and the ship tags daily with violent threats and name calling.

Incidentally, NYCC is coming up this week and the same three crew members will there. It is speculated that more fans will ask them about the ages and I’m already dreading the next wave of shitstorm coming this friday.

For more about Shiro/Paladin discussions, this post is a good post about it.

Bit by bit, I’ve gotten Link to open up to me…I wish to talk with him more and to see what lies beneath those calm waters, to hear him speak freely and openly.”