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White space works One of the 'tricks' when presenting written material is to create the right amount of white space. White space, sometimes called negative space, is the portion of a page (or screen) left unmarked White space is controlled in two ways Spacing happens in one of two directions: horizontally, or vertically. Horizontal spacing: margins (between the text and the vertical edges of the page), indents (between the vertical margins and the text),...

Layout options galore Having acquired control over the font for your current project, the next important topic is the layout onscreen. How do you want your text to look in the Editing pane? (We'll discuss how it looks when you output to PDF, eBook or paperback in the series on Compile which follows this series of posts.) This is an example of how your novel may look, using Scrivenings, in the Editing pane. A...

It’s simple if you know how When you start a new Scrivener project for your latest novel, how long is it before you want to change the font? How frustrated do you get when Scrivener wants to work in a different one from the font you prefer? Problem solved! When you open a new project, for the Novel template, in the Binder, there are two items set up for the Manuscript: a folder called...

Seeing the wood for the trees Literature & Latte released Scrivener 3 for the Mac over a year ago and, with it, Styles. Pretty soon PC users, with Windows, will be enjoying this version of Scrivener. To date, I've managed without using styles but I think it's about time I (and you) became acquainted with this new feature. So, this first series of blog posts for 2019 is all about Scrivener Styles....

The calm after the storm? It's a fact. The excitement of completing NaNoWriMo in the final days, hours or minutes of November results in such an adrenalin rush. Afterwards, life falls a bit flat! So, how can we cope with the post-NaNoWriMo vacuum? Apart from reconnecting with family and friends who hardly recognise you - and spending time enjoying the festive season - here are my top 5 tips. Post-NaNoWriMo TIP 1: Keep on writing You've made a habit...

Ideas are precious Many years ago, six to be precise, I saw a television programme featuring Ian Rankin, in which he explained his writing process: one book per year and each one start with Ian flicking through the contents of a green folder. This manilla folder is full of ideas he's collected in the past year. Clever idea! You can read all about Ian's methods here. Using Scrivener to collect ideas Ideas can come at any...