Using Scrivener for Blogging (Best Tips & Strategies)

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Are you tired of your old word processor? Are you drowning in a sea of documents with questionable naming conventions?

If you’re searching for something that can make blogging a simpler, better-organized task, you’re at the right place.

Scrivener was made for writers like you – those that don’t settle for mediocre solutions. Read on to find out how this app can help make the blogging business smoother and easier.


Why Choose Scrivener?

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Scrivener makes managing long-term and large projects a breeze.

It eliminates the issue of messy folders that contain thousands of files, makes research, brainstorming, and outlining easier, and helps you stay on track with your writing.

Any word processor can do the job, you may contend, but not all of them can make it simpler.

While Word, Google Docs, Pages, and similar apps get the job done just fine, Scrivener is definitely a step-up in the life of any blogger.

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You can use Scrivener on any type of device so it’s a great choice if you like to write on the go.

Here’s how Scrivener makes the job of any blogger simpler:

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Scrivener from Left to Right

To be fair, Scrivener can be a bit much when you first open it.

It’s chock-full with features so it can seem overwhelming at first. But once you take an hour or two to get to know the app, you’ll realize it’s not that complex after all.

Here’s a brief introduction to help you out. Scrivener is essentially made up of 3 parts – the binder, the editor, and the inspector.


On the Left – The Binder

The left-hand side of Scrivener is the part that helps you stay organized – the binder.

You can create as many documents for the project and write in chunks that are as tiny or as big as you like, and the binder will give you a sleek overview of everything.

Over here, you get the overview of all of your text, research, ideas, and documents neatly nested in folders and sub-folders that can be expanded and collapsed.

From the binder, you can access and rearrange anything you stored into your project. Even huge, long-term projects aren’t too much for the program.

Visually oriented people rejoice – you can even color-code your binder and use icons for more intuitive navigation.


In the Center – The Editor

The biggest part of the screen is devoted to the editor – pretty much like any other word processor out there. This is where the magic happens.

The difference is that you can open several editor panes at the same time.

Whether you like to work on multiple tasks at the same time, need your research on the side, or even want to look at different parts of the same document at the same time, you can divide your workspace as you please.

Of course, you get all of the features (and the bells and whistles) of other word processors too: a formatting bar, a ruler, header and footer bars with document info, and a grammar and spell checker.


On the Right – The Inspector

Need some extra info? Look to the right (or, if it’s not already open, click on the circular, blue “i” button on the top right).

The inspector gives you a lot of technical information about the currently opened document, including:

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Extra Scrivener Features That Bloggers Love


Outlining At a Glance

If you had been a writer in the previous century, you’d likely have to use a physical corkboard to plan and outline your writing.

Then, you’d need to make changes to the index cards and your manuscript simultaneously. Scrivener’s Corkboard feature makes this ancient outlining method automatic.

Whenever you want to rearrange chapters or headings, the Corkboard will give you all the information you need to keep a clear overview – not more and not less.


Set Word Count Targets and Stay on Track

Most bloggers try to keep their post lengths more or less consistent.

So, say for example, that your articles need to have a minimum of 1,000 words, a maximum of 1,500 words, with 1,300 being the sweet spot you usually try to hit.

Well, keeping track of this is not always easy.

Scrivener lets you set up word count targets for each document. Hit that sweet spot with easy-to-set-up word count goals with minimums and overrun allowances. If you write short-form, you can set up character count goals too!


Distraction-free Writing

So you’re done with brainstorming, planning, outlining, and researching? It’s time to get down to work.

Scrivener’s full-screen composition mode won’t let other stuff distract you. It removes everything you don’t absolutely need and leaves you face to face with your writing.

I’ve been exploring better ways to handle my day-to-day tasks, and Scrivener was a revelation that changed everything.

And, honestly, with the license price set to less than $50, I believe Scrivener is an incredible solution that will ultimately save you money.

Rafal Reyzer

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