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The Essential Scrivener Guide| A Novelists Tutorial

Everything you need to know to use Scrivener in the novel writing process.

32:14 of on-demand video • Updated October 2017

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English [Auto] Hello and welcome to your central Scrivener course and in this video are going to be showing you the characters corkboard as well as the extra function the name generator. Now the character called board is similar to that of Pinterest. We can say images and documents and other sort of cards that you can use to help describe a character that you're writing about. And also it's useful for Amanda. So that way you don't have to backtrack through your novel to find out a certain fact that you created for your character to go to your character corkboard you just go to the characters bar be here and click as you can see it's blank at the moment. But suppose I have an idea for a character or then rock like on the character bar add and then new text. This will give you a blank document similar to that of the chapter scene that I've shown you in the previous video where you could describe your character but I find it's far easier to go back to your characters corkboard and just rename the card to your character's name. For example let's just say John and DoubleClick again here and you can describe your character so you can describe vallée look as a tool you can describe how they are so friendly and so on. Suppose you want to see a visual image of what you suppose they could look like. You can then add images simply go into folders and in selected image that you like to use. So for example I would then select an image and drag it onto the corkboard and then it says Please note that text files that are imported will be converted to ARCI for editing. However this doesn't mean it's going to be attached to your book so don't worry too much about that. You could just click OK and now an image is saved to your corkboard that you can then use if you want to look at the picture and full size. You then double click on the image icon here and voila. You can slowly build up your corkboard as characters get created throughout your book and it is very useful to create connections between them. For example you can color code them with the labels. Now the labels they give you are different categories but I use them to associate different characters and other characters. For example I'd use the idea label which is yellow and then give the same label to the image so I know that these two are the same. So now I can know what John looks like and what he acts like personality wise and just like that I've created a list of information and images that I can then use when writing monel. And of course it is very important to decide what kind of names you want for your characters. But suppose you want to be more in depth with your character names then you then Google the name and then account for the meanings for names and associated with the character for example as a dark character you give them a name that means something dark and that language will so on. But suppose you just want to have a unicity that's assigned to your character in it. Then that's way in the name generator for Scrivener comes in. It's a very useful tool when designing a name that fits the character's background. So to use the name generic until you go to Tools you go to writing tools. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see Name Generator. Click on that and then you prove presented with this box which you can use to give your characters names. Gives you three options at first both female and male. Which of course means these are female names or male names. Or you can have all the names you can then decide the origin of the first name and the origin of the last name and by clicking on this you can then see that it has the nationalities as well as if is so you can find Irish Jewish Italian and so on. You can decide how many names are generated. Suppose you were to be given a whole list and then you can go through them all you just want to be given a quick name that you can use in your book for character. That's not going to be a big key in the book but you really do need a name for him or her even can set aside the first name. What it starts with or ends with by deciding on which letter. Again this is useful if you're doing more Verwoerd method of naming which is you have the same letter for both the first name and the last name. Another example is of course mystery novels with initials only left in some areas and you have to decide on a name that fits those initials. So you have r d. Then you can decide what it starts with and then you were given names that fit as well as origin. And finally you given these three options here and the dropdown in which gives you the full name. The first name of the last name depending on what you are looking for. And just like that once you have selected all your options you take generate names sir let's create one now let's say we want to create a American name and we want the last name to be English origin and we will just leave these the following just so we can test it out. So then we generate names and as you can see we are very British or English sounding names here and very American first names. This is the name generator of course the closer you get the meanings checked or search for certain means surnames and first names are going to first name meanings. So we then can search for a name and then it will tell us what change is suited for the origin and the meaning. So I'd just click search here which has now claimed the dashboard. And so let's say I want to search my name and find out its meaning. Oh then type in Matthew and then search and then I'm given the following information gives me the origin of my name as well as the meaning ponded Scrivener does provide its own services. So suppose that the names that provides you are very limited and you want more names because they are often times when you generate names you presented with the same first name or surname which gets quite annoying after a while I suppose you want fancy think completely different and it isn't offering what you're looking for. I go into this in a way that you were able to find more import packages that you can then import and add more names to the list. You then go to import and you'll find the following. Or you have to do is select the file that you can download and then voila. Just like that you have extended the name generators list and of course is the Restore to defaults which restores everything to its default. Supposing that you've adjusted all settings but you want to restore them back to the original. And that is an imaginary inherited a very useful tool. I recommend using it when writing a novel because it will save you a lot of time when designing names for characters in the next video. I'll be talking about the places corkboard.