Use Scrivener to take snapshots of your work. This helps you with revision control. You can take snapshots of your work and even rollback to previous versions. Laura Bergells shows you how.
- [Instructor] The snapshot function in Scrivener helps you manage revisions and drafts of your work. Let's say I finished writing a first draft of this goodbye video for the course. My next step is to export it and send it to my publisher. Let's say she gets back to me to let know she wants something completely different from what I wrote. Before I rewrite, I'll take a snapshot of my first draft. I can do that by going to Documents, and then selecting Snapshots, and Take Snapshot.
Before I do this, please note that you can take common keyboard shortcuts like command + 5 or shift + command + 5. I do this all the time because I take frequent snapshots. For this example, I am going to take a snapshot by clicking Take Snapshot. To see the snapshot, make sure your Inspector panel is open, and we do that by clicking the eye, and that you've selected the camera icon. This represents snapshots.
You can see the date and time of the snapshot that I just took. I can also choose to name it by clicking in here, and I'll do that. I'll call it, for example, first pass. We can also see my work has been captured down here. This is exactly what's written over in my document. Now that I've taken a snapshot, I can feel more comfortable when I go to edit. I can fearlessly edit in here. I can delete things with reckless abandon and rewrite something.
I can even add a bold if I want to. And now that I'm done with my rewrite, I'll send it to my publisher for a second draft review. And let's pretend that I did that, and she gets back to me to say, "You know, I really preferred your first version. "Could we just roll back to what you'd written previously?" So what I'll do next is review the Snapshot panel in my Inspector, select my first pass, and click Roll Back.
I'll get a warning message telling me that I can take another snapshot before rolling back and you know what, I'll do that, and we can see I've added another one, and that I've rolled back to my previous version. Snapshots also give you the ability to compare what changed from draft to draft. I'm going to select my first snapshot and then click Compare. If I scroll down the snapshot, you'll see deletions in red and additions in blue underline.
Anything that remained the same will stay black. Get into the habit of using Scrivener's snapshot feature when you embark on multiple revisions and rewrites. You can take as many snapshots as you like. It gives you a convenient way to rework pieces without worrying you'll lose something you might want to revisit.
- Navigating the interface
- Creating a new project
- Merging documents
- Keeping track of characters and locations
- Exploring writing tools
- Managing footnotes, comments, and annotations
- Reviewing project and text statistics
- Exporting files
- Compiling as an ebook using presets
- Tips for sharing your work