How to Make Scrivener Work for YOU

Learn how to harness the power of Scrivener to work with YOUR writing process!

How to Make Scrivener Work for YOU

Learn how to harness the power of Scrivener to work with YOUR writing process!

Your time is better spent WRITING not figuring out which features of Scrivener you NEED...

and which ones you can IGNORE 


  • You jump straight into the writing, then have trouble finding key details after the first draft is finished.
  • You’ve heard that Scrivener is good for outlining, but you haven’t figured out a method that works for you.
  • You want to track character and plot arcs but don’t know how to do that in Scrivener.
  • You have a ton of research notes but can’t figure out the best way to organize them so they’re easily accessible.

I used to struggle with all of these problems. After I imported my book into Scrivener, I didn’t have the time to figure out all the features.

I needed to get the book finalized and out the door. So I just used the basic features of Scrivener and had to be satisfied with that.

With each subsequent book, I figured out another few features to help ease my writing, editing, and organizing process.

Power Up Your Writing Process with Scrivener

Scrivener for fiction writers
taught by a fiction writer

From first idea to final manuscript learn tips and tricks for adapting Scrivener to YOUR writing process

A Course Tailored to YOUR Needs

Sure, there are plenty of courses that will teach you the features of Scrivener.

What’s missing, however, is how you as a fiction writer can best apply those features to your writing process.


You're a fiction writer. You need to know which pieces are going to help you with your writing process.

I've got you covered. I’m going to walk you through using Scrivener from initial idea to final draft. Along the way, I'll provide tips and tricks for using Scrivener to help with:

  • Story Structure
  • Character Templates
  • Tracking Arcs
  • Outlining

Your time is precious.

That's why I'm only going to cover what I believe are the key features that will make your writing process more seamless.

Some of these features you may be familiar with but you never considered using my way.

Other features may be little gems you had no idea existed.

If you don't need the feature from a particular lesson, skip it. It'll still be there later if you decide you need it.


Scrivener is extremely flexible.

I'll go over key features that work for those who discover the story as they go, as well as those who love a detailed outline.

And those writers, like me, who do a bit of both, depending on the project.

About Vanessa Kier

Vanessa Kier has spent years being the unofficial tech support at small businesses, handling everything from cleaning a network of a virus, to providing instructions on how to use the fax machine, to transitioning companies to new accounting and project management systems.

Once those new systems were implemented, she embarked on the hardest part--training the employees! She has also taught high-school level math in West Africa, outdoor skills to inner-city kids, and adaptive horseback riding.

Long story short? 

Breaking complex ideas down into simple parts, then communicating that information in a clear and actionable way is her superpower!

Happy Writers

Kirstine Call


Clear, understandable, and insightful

Vanessa teaches her Scrivener course in a clear, understandable and insightful way. You'll know how you want to use the program to get your novel where you want it to be in just a few short lessons!

Cindy Bajema

Photographer | Writer

Highly recommended

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

Larry Birckhead



Brilliant. Seriously, if a person values their writing time, and feels like they've been slogging through how to effectively use Scrivener, they could use a whack upside the head, if they don't contact Vanessa.

Course Modules

Here's what you get*


Module 1: Getting the Look and Feel Right

  • How to set up the Scrivener interface for distraction-free writing
  • Customizing the toolbar
  • How to create visual shortcuts with icons and labels

Module 2: It's Just an Idea

  • What to do with those ideas that don't yet belong to a project
  • How to save notes to the Scratchpad

Module 3: Before the Writing Begins

  • Working with templates
  • Setting up and working with character sheets
  • A few ways to outline

Module 4: Research

  • How to bring your research notes, files, and links into Scrivener so they're easily accessible
  • How to import notes from Evernote

Module 5: Targets

  • How to track your project's word count
  • How to set up word count targets per document or per writing session 

Module 6: As You're Writing

  • How to look up definitions as you're writing
  • How to add comments
  • Using the notes feature

Module 7: Keeping Track of Details

  • How to use keywords to keep track of characters and locations
  • How to use custom meta-data fields to track character and plot arcs

Module 8: Collections & Searches

  • How to harness the power of Scrivener's powerful search engine
  • How to save your search results as a self-updating collection for future reference

Module 9: Revisions

  • How to look up definitions as you're writing
  • How to add comments
  • Using the notes feature

Module 10: Track Changes

  • Scrivener's revision mode
  • What pieces of a Word document's Track Changes data can/can't be brought in

Module 11: Compile

  • Tips on choosing the content to be Compiled
  • The key points to remember regarding formatting in Compile

Module 12: Series Bible

  • A few ways to structure a series bible in Scrivener
  • Includes a downloadable Series Bible template

This course IS for you IF

You're currently using Scrivener


You're frustrated because your process isn't as smooth as you'd like. You feel as if you're missing out on the best bits of Scrivener.

Need = Level Up

You're hoping to consolidate more of your writing process into Scrivener instead of using Scrivener plus several other tools.

Need = Consolidation

Your writing process changes slightly with every book and you want to learn how Scrivener can accommodate these changes.

Need = Flexibility

This course is NOT for you IF

You've never used Scrivener. You need a basic familiarity with Scrivener in order to get the most out of this course.*

Scrivener Newbie

You're happy with your current writing process and are producing work you like, DON'T MESS WITH IT!

It's Not Broken

You're looking for writing advice. This course covers how to use Scrivener to improve your current writing process.

You Want Writing Help

*If you've never used Scrivener before, you can sign up for my course Start Your Novel with Scrivener, or contact me for one-on-one coaching.


Wait. There's MORE.

Introducing Your Bonuses!

The 7 Scrivener Secrets Cheat Sheet

Enroll now and you'll get my cheat sheet with seven tips you can start applying RIGHT NOW to help you start making the most of Scrivener.

Course Bonuses

Here's what ELSE you get

Section Summary Sheets

Keep the lesson data close at hand while you're in Scrivener! Most sections include a downloadable PDF summary sheet.

Online Discussions

Each lesson comes with a discussion thread. Interact with the instructor and other students, no matter when you enroll!

Scrivener 3

As lessons are recorded for Scrivener 3, you get free access to all the new content.

Presenting Your Scrivener Toolbox

With tips and tricks on how fiction writers can use those tools. 

So you'll be able to organize and access your data faster. 

Giving you more time for writing.

And isn’t that what all of us want?

Short, Easy-to-Follow Lessons

To help you streamline your writing process





  • All Course Modules
  • Downloadable Summary Sheets
  • Downloadable Series Bible Template
  • 7 Scrivener Secrets Cheatsheet
  • Lifetime Access
  • Access to All Scrivener 3 Lessons (when available)
  • Immediate Start




  • All Course Modules
  • Downloadable Summary Sheets
  • Downloadable Series Bible Template
  • 7 Scrivener Secrets Cheatsheet
  • Lifetime Access
  • Access to All Scrivener 3 Lessons (when available)
  • Immediate Start
money back
100% Satisfaction-Guarantee.

Try Power Up Your Writing Process with Scrivener risk-free for 10 days and if you don't feel as if the lessons are making your writing process more efficient, just send me a message and I'll refund your money, no questions asked.


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you enroll! It's a self-paced online course, meaning 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 for the lifetime of the course. Don't worry, I currently have no plans to shut this course down. If I do change my mind, I'll give plenty of notice.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

I'd never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 10 days and I'll give you a full refund.



A Note From Vanessa

When I started writing, I wrote in Microsoft Word and kept my character sheets in Microsoft Excel. But I found it time consuming to switch back and forth. Plus, I had trouble finding key scenes or data. 

Now I use Scrivener from the earliest planning stage to the final draft. I also keep my series bible in Scrivener.

With each book I discover a new way to use Scrivener to cut down on the time required to get a finished product. I spend less time looking for details and more time writing and editing.

I created this course to help writers like you get to a place where Scrivener is a valuable partner in your writing process.

I hope to see you in the course!


Photo of Vanessa Kier