New Venture: Good Library of Scrivener Tutorials for Everyone

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Real good library of Scrivener tutorials

In this post, I want to ask you fellow writers for your opinion about my newest idea of overhauling PlayingWriter.com and creating a whole section dedicated to Scrivener tutorials.

You see, there’s no one-stop site for Scrivener users where they could learn our favorite (and really indispensable app) the way I would like to learn it myself:

  • completely free,
  • with a thorough number of topics covered, from basics to more advanced,
  • with lots of detailed steps and screenshots along the way.

Yes, there are paid courses, but I believe that they are overpriced and overhyped. They make Scrivener look like it’s such a complicated application that you need a personal coach to learn it, and no other way around.

I don’t buy it. Scrivener can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be, but it doesn’t really need to be so complex that you couldn’t learn it by yourself, with a little help from a nice tutorial.

Yes, there are some articles on how to use Scrivener, but they’re scattered around many blogs that makes gathering all those pieces of information so much more difficult and time-consuming. Also, many of them are heavily based on text and don’t bother with screenshots, which makes learning harder.

So I came up with an idea of creating a really good library of tutorials for my PlayingWriter blog. One central section of the site where all your Scrivener questions would be answered, with as many details and visuals as needed.

Right now I have 2 overview posts and 1 tutorial for Scrivener, check them out here. I will be thrilled to produce more Scrivener-oriented content.

What do you think about that? Would you like to have such a library at your disposal? Would it be helpful for you or you’re just okay with things as they are and don’t need more help with Scrivener?

Let me know. Just leave your thoughts in comments, drop there any concerns, problems and questions you have about using Scrivener, either for desktop or for iOS. Share this post with fellow writers so they could make a dent too. I would really appreciate the feedback.

That’s how great projects are started: with someone who wants to help and someone who needs help. Let’s make it happen together!

Source photo by Aditya Siva.

  • Michael Payne

    I think it’s a terrific idea. I’m definitely up for it (as someone on the needing help side of the equation).

    • Thanks, Michael! I’m great you love the idea. Any questions or issues you have with Scrivener I could help you with in my tutorials?

      • Michael Payne

        Thanks Alex. I’m in my “twilight years” (a reasonably healthy 73) and have, through my work, undertaken a large amount of non-fiction writing over the years, including publishing a project management-related book. I have had one attempt at writing a novel, which fizzled out, so have equipped myself with Scrivener before making a second attempt; therefore Scrivener is as yet a blank canvas to me. In other words, almost anything will help!

        • I see. I was going to start with some basic Scrivener cheatsheet (maybe a downloadable PDF to have before your eyes at any moment) and then dive into different topics like working with a Binder, Corkboard, Collections, Editor, Scrivener settings and Compile, etc.

          • Michael Payne

            Sounds good to me.

  • Norman Coutts

    Sounds good. I’d be happy to investigate further.

  • Veda Leggett

    Excellent idea. I know I can use all the help I can get.

    • Veda, could you maybe tell me what topics I should cover first?

  • prcrouch

    I would really appreciate a go-to-place for Scrivener tutorials. I think it would be helpful to know how to best format things on the computer and iOS to work well together.

    • Oh, thanks for the ideas! I’m actually working on my Scrivener for iOS review and first tutorials. Including formatting and how to move your presets from the desktop app and into the mobile one. So stay tuned for those tutorials.

  • jnday

    I, too, would like the sort of content you are proposing. I wrote one book using Scrivener, using the general template. It worked fine for me. Now, I am working on another non-fiction book and chose the non-fiction template. It’s more confusing to me, and I’d like to know if I can convert it over to the general template without having to start over and copy/paste everything.

    • I think you can modify your existing template as you need, add folders, sub-folders, sheets, etc. to make the template you need. I think you just need to figure out what it lacks currently and what you want it to have/do. For example, when started my fantasy series, I used the novel template and modified it to accomodate writing the series better.

  • 2muchcafe

    I love this idea and would appreciate it a lot. As for topic, one is The list with level#1 level#2 etc in compile is confusing. Scriv does not make those clear I get two titles or I have untitled heading and I can’t get it to look right. What are those levels? Thank you for doing this. Best wishes

    • Thanks for your feedback! I appreciate it a lot. Currently, I’m working on new Scrivener tutorials, the first one will be about using keyboard shortcuts in Scrivener for iOS (you read my review of the app here: http://playingwriter.com/scrivener-ios-review/)

      Now, as for the levels in Compile that you mentioned, I myself never used those two. I have a basic structure of folders for chapters and files for scenes inside those folders. So when I compile the ebook, I have this setup: http://take.ms/x0ouZ

      I hope it will help you for now. I plan to release the comprehensive tutorial on how to use Compile in future, but can’t really put a date on it now.