Scrivener is an independent writing software by Literature & Latte. You can get a free trial for Pc or Mac here. It’s the most amazing software ever (I do not sell it nor make money off it in any way–I wish I did he he).
Why is Scrivener awesome?
First off, it is very important that you understand what makes Scrivener AMAZING.
It doesn’t really matter in what type, size, and format you write your novel. The main concept of scrivener is that you write in whichever form makes you comfortable. Then, from that one Scrivener file, you can “compile” which means exporting your work in whichever format you like be it a manuscript, an e-book, or the interior of a paperback. This is no trivial matter! Writers hire people with a good amount of coding skills to get their e-books and paperbacks in decent shape. Let me show you what I pulled off by using scrivener (I have minimal to no coding skills, I can just copy and paste HTML when I need to and half of the time I do it wrong ;P)
E-book output (this is from An Italian Adventure):
Now, like with every program there is a bit of a learning curve and I learn new features every day. There are plenty of free Scrivener tutorials and posts out there, so I will be brief.
Setting up your manuscript right
To make “compiling” a walk in the park make sure to organize your manuscript as follows: Each chapter is a folder, while each scene (paragraph) is a new “text” represented as a sheet of paper (you can see folders and texts on the left of the figure below.) Notice that while the titles of the folders will be chapter titles in your novels, typically you will not have in your output the titles of paragraphs. As you can see in the example below, paragraphs titles are mainly notes to myself sometimes in Italian :P There is nothing titled “porn” in the book, but this immediately reminds me what happens in that chapter (I promise nothing trashy is going on, ha ha!)
1-First of all, make sure that you have the rights to use that picture. It must be either a picture you took or draw, or a picture for which you asked permission to reprint and distribute.
2-Save a version of your picture as a .jpg
3-Drag the jpg from whichever folder you saved it into your scrivener file, specifically into the left Binder (I created a folder called “Figures”).
4-Ready to add your figure? I can foresee two scenarios:
- You need to add a figure only once, in a specific part of your manuscript: type wherever you want your figure <$img:ImageName>. Take care to type the Image name exactly as you have it in the binder. If you want to force the figure at a specific size you can type: <$img:ImageName;h=75> (In this one example the image would have a height of 75 pixels, but you can set the number to anything reasonable) For example, I did that in my dedication:
Who am I to give you advice?
I am a strange mix of a mighty nerd and a very short rockstar. To put it in the US government’s words I’m a legal alien, but I am first and foremost the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS): an irreverent indie series taking place in Italy and speaking of love, pain, and happiness with a healthy dose of humor <3