Saturday, April 7, 2012

Egg Day approaches and Scrivener woes

For part of this past week we had two grandkids with us. Fun. Fun. We didn't take as many trips together as I had planned, just one to Havre de Grace, Maryland, to walk the Promenade along the Chesapeake Bay and buy chocolates at Bomboy's.

The grandkids colored three dozen eggs a few days ago. Thank heavens one of them took some of the eggs home with her. We never could have eaten that many ourselves. Now we're looking forward to deviled eggs and egg salad after the egg hunt. 

On the Writing front, I'm busily transferring my cat story to Scrivener software and experimenting with how to use it.  If Lisa Yee (and other writers) recommends it, it must be good, right? So far I'd say there's a steep learning curve. 

I'm also trying to figure out how to use those tiny cards on the Scrivener bulletin board as note taking cards for a nonfiction project (as suggested by another writer), but so far -- not so good.  I may have to go back to the old-fashioned way -- using pen and 4x6 paper note cards.  

Problem 1 -- figuring out how to balance the open book beside my computer in the small space I have to work in order to refer to it to take notes. (Where the heck did I put that handy-dandy book weight which nicely keeps books open while you read and refer to them?)

Problem 2 -- there doesn't seem to be any way to reproduce those notes once I've taken them, because I haven't figured out how to either print out or gather up the note card info into one place. Sorting and shuffling the Scrivener note cards, yes.  But actually getting the info from the cards I've made, no. 


KB said...


I can't help you with balancing your book, but with regard to printing or exporting the notes on the index cards, you can do this by going to File > Compile. There, in the "Formatting" pane, you can choose what gets included. You could therefore choose to include only the titles and synopses of documents, which would print only the info that appears on index cards.

On the Mac version, you can also print cards from the corkboard directly as index cards (a feature that will be coming to the Windows version eventually). If you need more help, please drop us a line at either or AT literatureandlatte DOT com.


All the best,
(Scrivener for Mac developer)

WendieO said...

Thank you Keith. Very helpful.