Writing copy?

I would like to ask if anybody has used Scrivener to write copy for a website. Many thanks!

Could you be a little more precise about what you’re trying to do? “Writing copy for a website” could be anything from blog posts to be pasted into WordPress to creating an entire site from scratch.

Generally speaking, I would say that Scrivener is an excellent tool for the actual writing portion. The more coding is involved, though, the more you might be happier with other tools.

Katherine

I need to write content for a portal: marketing copy and content for pages, blog entries, online store product descriptions, sample community threads and answers, legal notices, and also its title, its description (roughly 155 characters), and tags.

My concern is to export all this material in a manner it can be handled by a person who manages the Content Management System (CMS). Plain text, everything organised and already grammar spelling checked.

Can Scrivener organize all this stuff? Many thanks! :slight_smile:

If you haven’t already, you might have a look at the free trial.

Yes, Scrivener absolutely can handle the writing portion of the project.

Katherine

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But would require writing in the CMS, rather than Scrivener, with all the limitations that entails.

Katherine

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Given the diversity of projects that Scrivener users have described here, I don’t think I’m alone in preferring it for all forms of writing more complex than a grocery list.

Web copy specifically is hugely diverse, ranging from short blurbs that are essentially image captions to full-fledged multi-thousand word articles and white papers. I wouldn’t write a feature article in a blogging app, any more than I would write it in Word.

Katherine

I agree. My work as an editor sometimes (in fact increasingly, in some specialist areas) shades into copywriting when I am asked to “edit” substantial web-site content. I do all of this in Scrivener.

Using Scrivener for this… really lovely!

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Given the OP’s statement:

I’m convinced that Scrivener is the ideal application for this purpose. After all, the purpose of the Content Management System is to allow the “wordsmiths” to dedicate themselves to what they do best: generate copy. The site-generation burden falls on the websmith and the CMS to “wrap” the text content in web page presentations.

I’d expect the binder and research features of Scrivener to be an outstanding repository of everything written for site content: past, present, and future content submitted for supervisory approval. In many ways, it’s the same as a novel writer trying to organize, sift, sort, comment, and preserve a mass of diverse content.

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That’s a pretty strong statement that is arguably wrong based on one’s starting requirements.

Many thanks all for your reply! Please forget about CMS, we need to create content, CMS is managed by others.

Anyway, we have realised that we need to deliver markdown files (.md). Can you please let me know how can I export Scrivener content to Markdown?

Please, forgive if this has to be asked in another forum, but in fact we need markdown because we are writing copy.

Many thanks for you time.

You’re in luck. Scrivener will compile directly to .md format using the MultiMarkdown engine.

See Chapter 22 in the Scrivener (Mac) manual for more information about using Scrivener with MultiMarkdown, and Chapter 24 for everything you might want to know about the Compile function. Section 24.3 talks about output formats specifically.

Katherine

Nice!!!

I have just written some markdown syntax in drafts folder. One document.

When I try to “compile for MultiMarkdown”, and I don’t select any format, Scrivener only exports to .txt, and not .md. I really need .md files…

I’m in OS X 10.11.4 (15E65), Scrivener 2.7.

What am I doing wrong?

Also, can you please recommend me where to store image and pdf files in order to be linked from the text?

Many thanks!

Hi

  1. Compile
  2. Format As: Original
  3. Compile For: MultiMarkdown
  4. Click “Compile”
  5. Save as: NAME.md (i.e. you add the .md extension in the “Save As” dialogue box)
  6. Click “Export”

Other people might have other suggestions, but I store images and PDFs on the domain server and link to them in Scrivener.

briarkitesme.com/2016/04/07/usi … scrivener/

Best

Briar Kit

Thanks Briar, but I only have the option to “Compile for Multimarkdown”. Anyway I change the extension from .txt to .md and it works. Although I suggest to export directly into .md format, without changing the extension.

Anyway, If I have several drafts, how can I export them to different .md files? Many thanks!

Hi

My typo. Apologies.

  1. Compile
  2. Format As: Original
  3. Compile For: MultiMarkdown
  4. Click “Compile”
  5. Save as: NAME.md (i.e. you add the .md extension in the “Save As” dialogue box)
  6. Click “Export”

MMD is a plain-text format. Would look the same in an editor with a .txt or a .md extension. The .md extension just identifies the filetype for other programs to open. I don’t know why “Compile For: MultiMarkdown” doesn’t expressly add a .md extension. A foible of OS X, perhaps?

If you want different .md files for different items in your drafts, compile them individually and give them different names in step 5 above.

Best

Briar Kit