For a while now I’ve been toying around with the idea of using Scrivener as a writing tool. I hadn’t seriously considered using it for blogging, except I was interesting in finding out if it could become a blog-to-book tool. If it could import posts form WordPress, I figured it might be quite useful.
I purchased the program, played around with it a bit, and put it away. I didn’t find any way to import from a blog, so I figured it wasn’t of much use for book bloggers.
I recently had the opportunity to sit in on three conference sessions taught by Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener For Dummies. I then saw a webinar with Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach. I’m now sold on using Scrivener for blogging, blogging books and writing books.
I had a copy of Scrivener for my PC. A few months ago I tried learning the program using the Scrivener Coach’s Learn Scrivener Fast program. I was impressed with Learn Scrivener Fast because it got me up and running fast! I’m not much for manuals and extensive time spent learning any type of program. I learned enough in a few sessions to see the power of Scrivener, but I could find no way to import blog posts. I could see the usefulness of writing or blogging your book in Scrivener, especially since you can then compile your posts into an ebook.
After sitting through two of Gwen’s conference sessions, I was so excited that I purchased a second copy of Scrivener (at a $15 discount) for my new Mac. She showed the attendees a huge number of tricks and tips, and we were able to ask her questions. I immediately began writing blog posts in the program and uploaded one of my current manuscripts so I could work on it in Scrivener. I then attended one more of Gwen’s sessions, and I was sold.
Between Gwen’s classes and the Scrivener Coach’s program I easily could see the benefits for those wanting to turn blogs into books. Here are three obvious advantages to using Scrivener if you are a blogging a book or a blogger considering booking a blog (repurposing material into a book).
Easy Method for Booking a Blog
I’ve always advised writers to compose the posts that comprise their blogged books in some other program, such as Word—not in WordPress. If you’ve done this, you easily can import the posts you want to use—or all your posts—into Scrivener. It takes just seconds if you’ve created a one-document manuscript.
You can import individual posts into Scrivener. Each import takes just seconds.
Once your posts are in Scrivener, the program will search and find posts related to whatever topic you desire. Therefore, if you plan to book a blog, you can create a content plan for your book, and then you can search these existing posts for those that fit your needs.
You can segment posts by subject matter or search topic. This is akin to creating a new folder for each topic. These segments later can become chapters.
You also can copy links to your existing blog posts into the research folder. From there, you can copy and paste the content into new Scrivener documents. This is a very quick process.
Of course, the best process would be to write your posts in Scrivener from the start.
Simple Method for Blogging or Writing a Book
Since Scrivener was created to help writers organize their writing, the program offers an effective way to blog your book. Your post-sized chapter bits are easy to move around and to track both as documents and “cards” on your cork board.
If you like working with 3” x 5” cards, then you’ll enjoy the cork board. I like mind maps, but this tool provides one more visual option. Each card provides you with information on your existing posts—or even on the posts you plan to write.
Plus, when you are ready to put all the little pieces together, Scrivener will “compile” them into a Word document, a PDF or an ebook for you.
Easy Ebook Technology for Writers
I have not yet tried the compile function on Scrivener, but as I watched Gwen go through the process and show the end product and Joseph Michael demonstrate this as well on his webinar, I was convinced that it would be simple to produce an ebook using this writing tool. I’ll be testing it out in the near future, and I’ll let you know what I discover.
It appears that Scrivener offers bloggers (and writers) an easy and efficient way to go blog-to-book (or manuscript to book) easily, quickly and inexpensively.
- It saves every few seconds.
- It opens up to the place you last stopped editing or writing.
- It tracks the the number of words in your post or your whole project—or both.
- It remembers links.
If you want to learn more about Scrivener, join the Scrivener Coach and me on June 12 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time for a FREE webinar. You can register for “How To Use Scrivener To Effortlessly Write, Organize, & Export Your Book Into Various Formats For Printing, Editing, Publishing & More!” by clicking here. This webinar is hosted by Nonfiction Writer’s University but is open to the public.
Do you use Scrivener for blogging or for writing your blogged book? If so, tell me why.