Don’t get frustrated with Scrivener. There’s a learning curve, but it’s not so bad when you break it down into chunks. Check out these 5 Scrivener shortcuts that will help you understand Scrivener fast and get writing.


Get Straight to the Point With Scrivener

Remember when you first used Microsoft Word…”What a pain in the ass! Who created this impossible software program?”…fast forward 3 days…”Man I love Microsoft Word. It’s the best writing software out there. I’ll never use anything else.”

Let’s face it. New programs suck. As writers we just want to open them up and get down to writing. But, that’s not always the case. Like probably never the case.

Scrivener is no different. It takes a little time to get going, but when you do, you’ll love every bit of it. This Scrivener shortcut post is designed to give you a quick tour of Scrivener so you can skip the unimportant get writing.

1. Setting Up

This article will both cover the basic ways to punctuate dialogue in American English and explore some of the less traditional methods. We will also talk about each method affects tone in your story. We will focus on dialogue in prose writing that is being spoken by characters in the story.

2. Binder Basics

Creating the perfect dialogue doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s like telling a story around a campfire…without the adverbs. Here are 6 easy tips that can make anyone’s dialogue better.
Let Grammarly Be Your Copy Editor…
And Your Line Editor.

3. Writing Your Book

Dialogue must be in conflict, must have a purpose, and must drive the story forward. If you can explain the characters motivation and provide information, you’ve nailed it! But that’s only 3 of the 9 rules. Check out the other 6 rules for writing dialogue.

4. Editing

Sometimes just reading aloud your dialogue reveals errors and missed opportunities for improvement. Ever heard of naked dialogue? It’s a thing and it’s important to include in your manuscript.

5. How to Write Realistic Dialogue

Edit my dialogue? But it’s sooo good! Who cares if it’s twenty pages long…Readers do, so it’s time to do some cutting and it starts with these two rules…keep sentences short and cut unnecessary dialogue.

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