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If you’ve never considered using Scrivener for writing your blog post, think again!

Scrivener is not just for novel writing; I use Scrivener for EVERYTHING, especially for my blog and social media engagement.

Here are my 5 top reasons why.

1: All in one place

I have just one file for each writing project. Neat. Tidy.

There’s one for my RedPen book: EDITING The RedPen Way: 10 steps to successful self-editing – and one for each of the three follow up books: The BIG Picture, The Devil in the Detail, and Spotlight on Style.

Binder for blogBe it a book, or a series RedPen Editing tips, or Scrivener tips, or the emails for my marketing campaigns, or my series of blog posts, Scrivener is where I have everything that belongs to that project, in the one place.

So, within a single Scrivener project file, I have – at my fingertips – the complete archive of my ScrivenerVirgin blog activity, plus my work-in-progress and all my research material. Perfect!

2: I choose my workspace

On my main screen, Scrivener offers an overview of the project.

  • The Binder panel sits to the left of my screen, the main folder being the Blog posts and below that, my Research folder.
  • In the middle, I have my Editing pane with a choice of three options: Scrivenings, Corkboard and Outliner.
  • To the right, I have the Inspector.

When I’m working on a new blog post, I split the editing screen vertically so that I can view the one I’m writing, at the same time as previous blogs in the same series. I’m aiming for continuity, so I need to have both editing panes in view at the same time.backdrop shot of blog post

If I want, I can dive into composition mode, which clears the screen of everything but the piece I am writing. No distractions. Ideal writing conditions. Do you like my choice of background?

3: I am free to write how I like

I never write anything in the order in which it is published. That’s just how I work. You might call it unstructured; I call it spontaneous!

For my blog posts, an idea comes, and I develop it and, only when it’s fully formed is it moved to the blog schedule. Meantime, it sits in a folder entitled ‘IDEAS’ within the Research folder in my SVBlog project file.

The same strategy goes for the series of RedPen Editing tips and Scrivener tips. They are themed, and I tend to write one theme at a time. For example, I’ve just completed a series of tips for a Thursday – the walk on the wild side.

Editing tips for blog post

The yellow colouring indicates I’ve written and scheduled these tips.

This facility to capture ideas whenever they come to me means I also have one Scrivener project file – called Inspiration – full of ideas yet to be developed! Another play. Another novel.

When I’m ready to work on them, I’ll drag the material out of my Inspiration project file into a brand new Scrivener file set up for the new project.

4: Loads of support

Learning how to use a sophisticated piece of software like Scrivener takes time and energy and, if you are like me, both can be in short supply.

It’s not just knowing what every item on every menu does, it’s also appreciating how this magnificent software, with all its buttons and bells, might help a writer – like you and me – to achieve what we need to do.

There’s an abundance of support: Literature & Latte’s support options and their Scrivener Manual; online videos and tutorials; courses from The ScrivenerCoach Joseph Michael and Scrivener expert Gwen Hernandez.

I’ve even become part of that support system myself, with my weekly Simply Scrivener Special webinars. 60 minutes of online Q&A. Free. The next series of 12 starts on Tuesday 6 June. Book your place here!

5: I set my goals and I achieve them

I started using Scrivener ahead of NaNoWriMo 2015.

Knowing that I wanted to write at least 50K words during that November, when I created my outline, I set word targets for each scene. When I started writing, the Outliner showed my progress and it was colour coded. I also set a daily target. There were no excuses for falling behind schedule!

It’s the same for my blog posts. I have a target word count. I write enough to meet that word count.

If a post warrants more words, I’ll think about splitting it up. Next thing I know: I have a series in the making.

So, if you are not yet using Scrivener, get your copy now?

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