Plea for Help from Scrivener Community
Though I’ve read the Scrivener Tutorial & Quick Start through once, I’m having trouble to start to use the program on the next essay I‘ve started. I’ve brought over the notes to Scrivener where it resides in a blue folder directly under ‘Start Here.’ If someone could give simple 1, 2, 3, … steps to get started, I’ll be grateful.
This is how I normally start writing in Word:
o Begin spontaneously, page after page of ideas for an essay.
o Ideas for the issue(s) to be addressed.
o The main points to cover.
o The audience to address.
o Sentences, paragraphs, or sections explaining one or more ideas, linked to ideas.
o Descriptive sentences.
o Fragments of quotes or references.
o Ideas for other essay(s) that will spin-off from the current
o References to ideas from other writers & thinkers.
o References to essays I’ve written in the past.
The first burst of creative zeal may go on for days & fill 4 to 20 pages of typed or hand-written (I like to write with different fountain pens) notes.
Immediately after that flurry of activity I begin doing some of the hard work of organizing the notes with headings, before I forget where I want to go with the essay. This also makes it easy to re-start drawing-out ideas.
I prefer to end writing sessions with hard work done, leaving the easier fun stuff, elaborating on well-organized ideas, with which to begin the next writing session.
Initial organization vital. Essay gets early out-of-hand & increasingly difficult to organize.
What I would like to do with Scrivener is 1st, bring over all the information that I’ve just typed in Word (Alternatively – where to type in Scrivener?), probably into Scrivener essay section. Once in the program, I’d like to highlight, then cut & paste items, sentences, paragraphs, perhaps a few pages with a heading, paste them in cards in the Scrivener program. I like the index cards with a heading for each card, but another form will do.
I don’t know how to do this for all that I’ve read. If someone can give me steps to do this, not a lot of words & explanations, I’ll be grateful.
Once I’m confident the whole essay is in the right place, and I’ve begun extracting parts of the initial long list of notes, I believe learning the rest of the program, application, will fall into place.
Cards to have keyword titles & are to be organized in sections which in turn have headings like:
o Essay to address this issue.
o Issue defined in contemp & classical terms.
o Pregnant whole sentences
o Concept ideas
o Unusable & discarded ideas
o Section titles
o Outside refs
Can someone please help to get me started to do this? Thanks.