Admit it – you get distracted when you’re writing. There’s Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, maybe movie trailers from Apple or TrailerAddict. And all of these things keep you from completing the next, great novel or short story.
But what’s a writer to do?!
Well, you could turn all that stuff off. Your browser, your email, your IM, even your Tweetdeck with it’s notifications:
Or, you could jump into Composition Mode on Scrivener.
In Full Screen Composition Mode, all of those distractions go away.
Cool, but kind of plain. Wonder if there’s more options.
OH LOOK – there are!
From left to right you can:
- Change the Text Scale – this is a Zoom feature. No need to change the font size, just zoom in.
- Next, where do you want the paper? Center, left or right?
- Paper width – how much of the screen do you want the paper to inhabit?
- Keywords & Inspector open up floating windows (shown below).
- Go To let’s you navigate to any section of your project.
- A handy section word count / character count is next.
- And last, you can set how dark or light you want the blank space to be.
Now, you don’t have to stare at a blank background. If you want, you can add an image, something conducive to writing, maybe? Or a pic of a something to keep the juices flowing – maybe a castle if you’re writing an epic fantasy piece, or a forest for a wilderness piece -that sort of thing.
Before entering Full Screen Composition Mode, click on View > Composition Backdrop, and you can choose between No Backdrop, an image from your hard drive, or one from the project itself:
Once you’ve chosen, jump into Full Screen Composition Mode and see how it looks:
More Scrivener Tips coming (every Monday?)!
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