I recently read a blog post about using Scrivener and its MultiMarkDown feature to draft blog posts that I can then convert to HTML and then upload the post onto WordPress.

What is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a word processor. However, unlike Word and other more famous word processors, Scrivener was designed with authors in mind. Many of the wonderful writing communities and writers that I have met online have recommended using Scrivener. In fact one of my motivations in finishing NANOWRIMO last year was to get Scrivener at half price.
Scrivener allows me the freedom to move whole chapters around, easily changing the order of events in my novel. I am only just beginning to scratch the surface of what this program is capable of and thats before I start using it to compile various mobi and epub versions of my work.
One of my favourite features in Scrivener is the dedicated writing mode. At the click of a button the I can make the background disappear and focus purely on the writing. I’m not going to talk any more about the wonder of Scrivener and its features, as this post is in danger of becoming purely about Scrivener.
If you’d like to learn more about Scrivener just click on the button below.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.

Blogging with Scrivener

Until now I have been writing my blog posts straight into WordPress and then publishing them straight away. Then I read a blog post about blogging with Scrivener and the proverbial penny dropped. Using Scrivener could lead to:
* A Faster Website
* Accurate Archiving
* Better Content
There were more reasons too but I didn’t really understand them as much as I would like to. Sadly my technical website skills are not as advanced as I would like. I did understand these reasons though, at least to some degree and more importantly could see how they could make my life easier. (Or at least more efficient.)

A Faster Website.

Although I had noticed that WordPress magically saves my blog posts as I type, I hadn’t realised that these copies remain on the server, thus cluttering things up and potentially slowing things. This isn’t a problem at the moment while my site is small but overtime, like all clutter that builds up, it could cause problems. Its always good to nip problems in the bud.

Accurate Archiving.

At the moment all of my blog posts are stored online, using WordPress. If there was a problem with my site or WordPress stopped existing then this could cause massive problems. I would have to start my site from scratch and all of the content I have built up would disappear.
Now although I would be upset if this happened to any of my posts, if it happened to my Tales from Tration series I would be devastated. For those of you who don’t know Tales from Tration are a series of posts that introduce the reader to the world of Tration. They are set in the middle of the two time periods covered in Portal Quest, but stand up on their own too. I need to work more on these posts, but in time there is no reason why I couldn’t portion them up as an ebook in their own right.
At the moment this would be time consuming and frustrating, but if I have already drafted the story in Scrivener then this becomes relatively painless.

Better Content

Drafting in Scrivener, will lead to better content for you my lovely readers. It gives me the time and space to write better content that is interesting and enjoyable to read. Using MultiMarkDown feels natural and encourages me to think about content in terms of headings and other things, thus organising my thoughts more coherently, and with less waffle. (Less waffle is always good, unless the waffle is edible, then more is definitely preferred.)
Using Scrivener allows my content to maturate or compost more naturally and hopefully in time build up a series of posts that allow me to post more consistently. Entering the world of scheduled posts will be much better for my work life balance, which is not quite right at the moment. Too much work, not enough life.

This post is the first one that I have written using only Scrivener. So far the process feels natural and a continuation from my novel writing. I will keep drafting and refining posts here in Scrivener for at least the next few months and let you know how I get on. In the meantime you can read the original blog post about drafting in Scrivener here. and more about Fletcher Penney and other MultiMarkDown things here.

Just out of interest, if you have a blog, how or where do you draft your blog posts? Do you use word or another word processor? Or maybe you blog on your phone? Or simply using blogging software such as WordPress or another platform? Let me know in the comments below, I can’t wait to hear from you.