Start Your Novel with Scrivener

A Beginner's Guide

Bring Ease into Your Novel Writing Process with Scrivener

Beth Barany and Writer’s Fun Zone presents a special webinar training for fiction writers:

You're looking for a better way to write your novel

You want to write your novel, but it’s hard to keep track of all your notes.

Maybe you have separate documents in Word for your manuscript, for your character questionnaire, and for your plot notes.

Perhaps your scene analysis chart is in Excel and your research documents are PDFs.

And then there are those image files in various folders on your computer that aren't connected to your notes.

It's driving you crazy to jump between the various programs.

You're wasting time trying to figure out where you put a crucial piece of information. Or did you forget where you put that idea and can only rely on your fuzzy memory?

(Sorry, Scrivener can't help with that last bit. Though I'm not the only writer who wishes Scrivener had a way to download directly from our brain!)

What if you had a personal organizational superhero so you wouldn’t have to jump around between programs searching for the information that you absolutely MUST have to complete your next bit of writing?

That's what Scrivener was created for!

So that you can write your book with all your notes, charts, and images in one place.

Whether you're an outliner who wants to have your scene-by-scene plan open in a second pane as you write or you're a completely freeform writer who wants the freedom to jump between non-consecutive scenes as you follow your muse, Scrivener allows you to work on your book in the way that works best for you.

How do I know?

Because when I started writing I kept all my story notes in Word, Excel, and PDFs. Everything was so messy.

It drove me nuts. Then I tried several writing-specific programs, but as my writing process evolved none of them could keep up with my needs. Then glitches in one of the programs caused me to lose some of my writing.

I wasted so much time and was completely frustrated. I wanted to work on my book but felt stymied at every turn.

I switched to Scrivener and I haven’t regretted a single moment.

With Scrivener, all my critical information is right there at my fingertips. Scrivener keeps me organized and gives me more time to write, whether I’m seat-of-the-pants writing or *cough* trying to follow an outline.

In addition to using Scrivener for both my fiction and non-fiction writing (yep, I drafted this sales copy in Scrivener), I teach Scrivener.


I’m Vanessa Kier, novelist, and Scrivener and tech coach for writers at The Writer's Tech Stop.

I firmly believe that learning Scrivener can be fun, especially when the steps are delivered in bite-sized pieces and manageable chunks.

I write action-packed romantic thrillers and have written four of my novels using Scrivener.

If you're ready to step into a writing program that's flexible enough to adapt to your needs, that can accommodate both the intensely organized and the proudly unorganized writer then join us for this special training:

Start Your Novel with Scrivener

A Beginner's Guide

In this 90-minute (plus) training, you’ll learn:

  • -- How to get writing with Scrivener right away
  • -- How to set up your scenes, character profiles, research, etc. in a way that works for your writing process
  • -- How to make Scrivener meet your visual needs
  • -- How to set up word count tracking so you can be inspired/motivated by your daily progress

You may be afraid that Scrivener is so hard, that you practically need to be a rocket scientist to use it!


Here's the truth. You can create a new project in Scrivener, and then start writing. It takes less than five minutes.


And I’ll show you how.

You really don't need to know all the bells and whistles just to start writing. But if you're committed to writing a novel in Scrivener, then at some point you’ll need to know about separating out scenes and chapters.

Maybe you’ll want to track your writing progress using word count targets. You’ll definitely want a place to store research documents, character profiles, and all the other pieces of data you need for your project.

Whether you like to organize items using colors and icons, or you prefer your working environment to be clean and simple, this webinar will show you how to set up your novel in Scrivener to match your preferences. So the writing process will feel easy and comfortable.

Grab Your Courage with Both Hands

Make Friends with Scrivener

Get your questions and concerns addressed live.

Not only do you get to look over my shoulder as I set up a new project in Scrivener, but I'll answer your questions. Be specific as you like. Because I really do want you to leave the webinar with the skills and confidence to set up a Scrivener project of your own and start writing your novel today.

Ready? Then sign up to access this training.

With this training, you’ll get:

  • -- Over 120 minutes of training in Video (MP4) and audio (MP3)
  • -- A PDF containing all the slides
  • -- A transcript of the live training (coming soon)
  • -- A Cheat sheet
  • -- PLUS Access to the author community, Fellowship of the Pen, including live monthly Q&As and ongoing access to writing teachers, including Vanessa Kier and Beth Barany

Don't Just Take My Word For It

Here's what my students and coaching clients say about me:

"I was terrified, but my curiosity about writing with Scrivener won out. I'm so glad I chose Vanessa, who makes Scrivener as easy as painting by numbers."

- Kathleen Casey, Writer

“Vanessa teaches her Scrivener course in a clear, understandable and insightful way."

- Kirstine Call, Writer

Highly recommended! Scrivener is a fantastic program for writing manuscripts and such but is hard to get to know. Vanessa helped me to figure out how to best use Scrivener in my writing."

- Cindy Bajema, Photographer | Writer

"I was stuck and couldn't figure out how to use Scrivener. Vanessa is a fantastic teacher! She explained everything slowly and patiently."

- John Doe, Ducktor Morty, author of The Can Do Duck series and The Mood Squad And The A.T.B.

Your Instructor

Vanessa Kier
Vanessa Kier

Vanessa Kier has been helping writers with Scrivener and tech issues since 2010.

She writes the Tech Talk column for the San Francisco RWA’s newsletter and is a monthly contributor to the Writer’s Fun Zone blog.

Her goal is to empower writers to see tech as an ally, not an enemy. Using her own experiences as a fiction author, Vanessa demystifies tech by offering writers clear explanations paired with practical examples. A teacher at heart, she has taught physically and mentally challenged children how to ride horses and business executives how to use complex databases.

She offers online classes, one-on-one coaching, and tech assistance at The Writer’s Tech Stop. For free how-to videos, check out her YouTube channel.

When she’s wearing her creative hat, Vanessa writes action-packed romantic thrillers. The six books in her first series, The Surgical Strike Unit (SSU), follow a privately run special operations group as it attempts to keep dangerous scientific data out of the hands of those who’d use it to throw the world into chaos. These globetrotting books are a little bit Bourne Identity and a little bit Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a few lighter moments thrown in à la Romancing the Stone.

Her current series, WAR, focuses on a team of international soldiers fighting to help contain a regional rebellion that’s threatening global stability. The WAR series is set in West Africa, where Vanessa lived for a time. You can find more information about Vanessa’s books at her website,

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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