Product Review

Scrivener Corkboard

Daniel Midson-Short
March 31, 2020

Our Verdict

Whether you’re typing a blog post, producing multiple non-fiction books, writing non-fiction work or a manuscript, the Scrivener software makes it easy to complete.

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What is a Scrivener Corkboard?

Experienced and new writers alike are gravitating towards the writing software Scrivener. It is a writing tool that helps writers of varying backgrounds keep track of any written document they want to create.

This writing app, which can be downloaded from their App Ste (there’s also a Scrivener for Windows option), houses a lot of features that are not in other word processor programs. One of them is called the corkboard and it helps with keeping track of multiple pages written within the software.

It simulates a corkboard background and allows a writer to add “index cards” with notes and text pertaining to a story, plot points or a set of chapters for a book.

This Scrivener review, within the following section, will cover why the corkboard is useful for writers regardless of their background.

How is it helpful?

When it comes to the writing process, it helps to have all your content organized so it can be referenced later. In the Scrivener writing app, there is a section called binder that houses a folder (or more) that holds the creative writing, character sketches or any word or set of words for your project.

Once a folder has been selected, all of the index cards will be displayed on the corkboard. Each card will show the big picture of what you’re writing and you can perform all sorts of editing and formatting to complete your assignment.

There are multiple templates and writing worksheets you can choose from to arrange your information. Every card has the option to label colors that are assigned to it so the information is clear and distinct.

A novelist or non-fiction writer can use an outline template, do storyboarding for any character, view the word count and drag and drop each index card so it can be rearranged before its final draft. Parts of the program can be viewed in full-screen mode so you can see everything that you’ve written and/or drawn. You can also display your work in the outliner mode, which shows your information in a column.

In the last section, we will discuss how to utilize the tools within the corkboard.

How to use it?

The first step to get access to the corkboard is to create a folder. To do this, go to the Binder section and click on the folder icon. Name it and add as many index cards as you like. You can further organize your cards by placing each one individually.

On the right of the corkboard, there are smaller windows or palettes where you can write on the index card, structure keywords and add comments or info in the general meta-data.

The meta-data section has a drop-down menu for the label and status options. Label determines the color for that card and status gives an update as to whether the project is completed or needs to be done.

Conclusion

Whether you’re typing a blog post, producing multiple non-fiction books, writing non-fiction work or a manuscript, the Scrivener software makes it easy to complete. If you’re interested in using this program, there are many resources on the web that can walk you through all of the features it has to offer. Good luck and happy writing.