On my new Recommendations page, I recommend – inter alia! – Joan Dempsey and her various courses for writers, having attended her Revise with Confidence course and being mightily impressed with her material and style of delivery.
Joan also publishes a free monthly newsletter to which I subscribe. The March issue included an interesting – and new to me – editing tip: use a different font so as to shift your perspective on your writing.
Joan suggests that seeing the text differently – ie with a different font – might make it easier for a writer/editor to read a manuscript with fresh eyes.
So, I thought, how can I achieve this using Scrivener?
Changing the font displayed on screen
Font style and point size of the onscreen text is controlled via the format bar.
This text is in Courier 12 pt.
If I highlight the text and alter the settings, I can choose (say) Calibri 16pt, a bigger font and sanserif, which is ‘cleaner’ than a serif font.
It’s also possible to enlarge the point size by choosing a higher value magnification. This is 300%.
Highlighting the text and using cmd – will reduce the point size on the screen while cmd + increases it.
So, while reading on screen, the choice is yours!
Changing the font of compiled material
At some point, the final font style and point size for a work to be published have to be determined. This is done at the compile stage – in the Compile Formatting pane.
Whatever formatting you’ve applied during the writing/editing, you can override this when you compile, by ticking the box ‘Override text and notes formatting’.
The Aa button reveals the choice of font styles and point sizes available to you.
It’s then possible to create (say) a PDF for all or part of your manuscript or print it out – using a completely different font.
For fun, I chose Comic Sans and it does look different.
Now, instead of playing with Scrivener features, I really ought to spend some time actually editing!
What features of Scrivener do you use? Are there any you’ve not tried, or find tricky? Let me know. I’ll check them out for you …
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