How to Create Characters and Settings in Scrivener



With the end of another year of NaNoWriMo, a lot of writers received a 50% discount on Scrivener for successfully writing 50,000 words. For those that are just starting up with Scrivener, or you’re not sure whether or not you should purchase, check out my other posts on Why I Think Scrivener is For Everyone and Getting Started With Scrivener.


The latter post and video covers things like full screen mode, statistics and targets, automatic backups, and color coding. I highly recommend watching that video first, because I’ll only be rehashing some of the things I covered for that one. I don’t want to bore those that already watched my previous video!


Interested in purchasing Scrivener? The PC version is $40 and the Mac version is $45 before any discounts. Also, check out Scrivener for iPad or iPhones too! I'm impatiently waiting for the Android version to come out...


Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to go over some more specific aspects of Scrivener that I find incredibly useful to apply to my own writing.


Watch me walk you through this post with clips from Scrivener by watching the below video!




First off, a disclaimer: all Scrivener links used in this post are affiliate links. This in no way increases the amount that you have to pay, but I get a little kickback from Literature & Latte for referring you. This post is not sponsored by their company and I’m not paid to recommend them to you. I just genuinely love Scrivener that much :)


I use Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as my example today, since so many people have watched the movies or read the books.


Another disclaimer: I’m using the PC version of Scrivener. Some features may differ slightly from the Mac to the PC version, but the general navigation should be the same. ("Options" for PC might be called "Preferences" for Mac, etc.)


Let’s get started!


Open Scrivener and select your preferred novel-writing format. When your project opens, you’ll find some text documents with some helpful information. I recommend taking the time to read these in the beginning as they serve as a great introduction! From then on, you can delete these little preloaded gems to clear the air for your novel.