Scrivener… from my POV

So I’ve finally put together a (50 minute!) presentation about the coolness of Scrivener. Rather than try to create an exhaustive tutorial illustrating all of Scrivener’s features, I only attempt to discuss the particular ways that I happen to use Scrivener. I share with you three of my writing projects inside Scrivener, and then follow this up with a little how-to section. Hope this helps!

You can also view the presentation directly in Vimeo.

Other Videos


The Written Word

  • Although this review is four years old, I think Merlin Mann still nicely captures the greatness of this software. “Scrivener makes the anarchic approach to writing a little less chaotic…”.
  • Literature and Latte keeps a blog going about Scrivener.
  • Literature and Latte has a very active discussion forum.
  • And they also list many other great resources for writers.

Interactive Tutorial

  • Oh! There’s another great way to learn about Scrivener. Use the interactive tutorial. From the “Help” menu within Scrivener, select “Interactive Tutorial”. It will walk you through many of the great features of Scrivener.

About MultiMarkdown and LaTeX

So I think I did a less-than-fabulous job attempting to characterize this subject. To compensate, here are some links. Even so, it requires that you not be afraid to do a little bit of scripting and fiddling…

  • Before learning about MultiMarkdown, you have to understand Markdown. John Gruber, author of Markdown, has a very nice introduction on his website.
  • Here’s a great screencast on markdown from practically efficient. It’s geared a little more towards markdown to html, but still covers some important key concepts when using markdown…
  • Now you’re ready to confront Fletcher Penney’s MultiMarkdown discussion. You’ll probably want to download and install MultiMarkdown from his site (even though Scrivener does come with a version of MultiMarkdown) to ensure you have the latest XSLT transformations, etc., which are needed if you want to convert your multimarkdown content to PDF (by way of LaTeX).
  • You’ll notice that the MultiMarkdown discussion talks about LaTeX. To get your content into PDF, you do it by converting the MultiMarkdown content to LaTeX and then to PDF. There are scripts that are part of the MultiMarkdown package to help you do this conversion. But you’ll need to install LaTeX first.
  • You can read up on LaTeX here.
  • And then you should download MacTeX.
  • Good luck!


  • Those beautiful presentation slides come from KeynotePro. It’s the Canto theme.
  • I got the background music from AudioJungle. It’s Clouds by AudioQuattro.
  • Oh… In an unrelated note, here are the slides I use when teaching about Scrivener… They are not complete enough to stand on their own, but I thought I’d share in case others want to draw info from them…

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