Two weeks to go until we can start writing for real, and it’s time to start creating the perfect writing space.
The Scrivener workspace
The basic workspace can be separated into three panes:
- The Binder on the left
- The editing pane with Scrivenings, or Corkboard, or Outliner in the centre
- The Inspector on the right
Closing the Inspector pane
The Inspector pane can be closed (and reopened) by clicking on the Inspector icon.
You could then write, for each document, within the editing pane, using Scrivenings mode. Click on the document and start writing …
Notice the word count at the very bottom of the screen.
Composition mode – the best writing space?
So that you have no distractions at all while writing, select View / Enter Composition Mode. (To escape from it, click the ESC key!)
If you hover near the bottom of your screen, some options appear.
On the right: a slider control to fade the background and to the right of that, an exit button.
On the left: controls for the size of text, position and width of the paper, plus three buttons to bring up additional information.
Clicking on Keywords opens the Keywords dialogue box, so you can add a keyword if one occurs to you while writing.
Clicking on Inspector opens a window for the document you are currently writing, and the top area offers various options, such as synopsis (the default), keywords and custom metadata.
Clicking on Go To allows you to jump to a different document, and you can start typing straight into it.
Choosing a Backdrop for your writing space
To change from the default black (no backdrop), select View / Composition backdrop / Choose … and browse for an image that you want to appear either side of your writing area.
This is my choice.
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