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Scrivener: Changing Backgrounds in Composition Mode

Distraction-free writing. It is something many writers crave, and a ton of apps have appeared on the scene to fill the need. But here’s the thing — it is already built in to Scrivener under the guise of Composition Mode.The problem with some of these apps is that they hang their hat on words like “minimalist” and “simplicity” when what they really mean is their app lacks features and options. Scrivener can look as distraction-free as any of those apps. What they can’t do is offer the mind-blowing content-management and compilation features of Scrivener. Composition Mode You may already know…

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Using Scrivener’s Name Generator Tool

Scrivener has a ton of features hidden away in those menus and many of them remain unnoticed by even the most addicted Scrivener users. One useful tool that often gets overlooked is the name generator. This is a really handy thing when you are looking to name a character but it is also a way of inspiring new characters. Let’s dive in to it then. Go to the Edit menu and select “Writing Tools”. You will see a sub-menu pop up, and there, right at the bottom, is “Name Generator…”. Right away you can see it has generated a bunch…

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Distraction-free Writing? Try Going Old School!

Since I started using Scrivener for my novels I can’t imagine life without it. I almost live in it. But as indispensable as it is, it does have one major drawback — it shares my laptop with a browser. Even though I use the wonderful composition mode, it doesn’t quite make Scrivener distraction free. It isn’t Scrivener’s fault of course, the same applies to Word or ZenWriter or whatever software you use. I’ll just be getting into the zone, half way through some wonderful dialogue, when a little warble grabs my attention. Someone has tweeted! Or it will be a…