Merging Scrivener and The Story Grid

I was using Scrivener long before I learned about the Story Grid, but after I become a Certified Story Grid Editor, I started figuring out better ways to use the power of Scrivener with the tools of the Story Grid to make a really great writing/ editing experience. In these posts, I share all my tips and techniques for integrating the Story Grid methodology into Scrivener.

Scrivener Posts:

  1. Scrivener + Story Grid – Part 3: Collections and Keywords – Part Three of a new 3 part series showing how to use collections and keywords to track continuity in your character arcs, subplots, and unique themes.
  2. Scrivener + Story Grid New and Improved – Part 2: Using Metadata to Track Everything – Part Two of a new 3 part series showing how I set up and use Scrivener before I begin writing or editing manuscripts. Full of great tips and techniques on how to use metadata in Scrivener to create the Story Grid Spreadsheet and track the 5 commandments of all your scenes.
  3. Scrivener + Story Grid New and Improved – Part 1: The Set Up – Part one of a new 3 part series about how I set up Scrivener before I begin writing or editing manuscripts. Full of great tips and techniques on how to seamlessly use Scrivener and Story Grid together to create an awesome writing experience. Life Value Tracker in Excel Link.
  4. Importing working files into Scrivener – describes easy methods for importing files of manuscripts that you might have already begun in word so that they look clean by chapter. This is primarily for Windows, the Mac Scrivener Version 3.0 and higher has a lot more advanced features that I will discuss in future posts.
  5. Tracking your scene 5 commandments – describes a good method for keeping track of your scene 5 commandments of story telling within your Scrivener document. This is primarily for Windows, the Mac Scrivener Version 3.0 and higher has a lot more advanced features that I will discuss in future posts.
  6. Using the Metadata Function on the Mac to track all the items/columns in the Story Grid Spreadsheet. This is primarily for Mac versions of Scrivener 3.0 or higher.
  7. Tracking the 5 Commandments to Story and Progressive Complications in your novel. This is primarily for Mac versions of Scrivener 3.0 or higher. Some of these techniques will work in the Windows version, but the steps will be different.
  8. Creating the Story Grid Spreadsheet using Scrivener’s Export Function. This is primarily for Mac versions of Scrivener 3.0 or higher. Some of these techniques will work in the Windows version, but the steps will be different and the effects won’t be as good.
  9. Tracking the Story Grid 6 Core Questions and the Hero’s Journey. This can work for Mac and Windows version of Scrivener.
I used this training to greatly improve my Scrivener expertise.

I started out learning Scrivener on my own, and I loved the tools I found. I eventually paid for an online course called Learn Scrivener Fast. It was very thorough and professionally done, and I learned even more tips and techniques. I really loved the course, and I became an affiliate, this is my affiliate link to Learn Scrivener Fast. I do receive a percentage of anything spent through that link.

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The Story Grid

Story Grid Book

If you want to learn more about writing a story using the Story Grid methodology, go to the Story Grid Webpage to find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.

These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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