How to use Excel and Scrivener to build a beat sheet for your work in progress.
Ever wondered how to use beat sheets with Scrivener? I have! If you have too, rejoice and be full of tasty Christmas cheer. Jami Gold has written an article that does all the heavy lifting: "Ask Jami: Can We Use Beat Sheets with Scrivener?" (The answer is a most emphatic, "Heck Ya!")
I'm going to let you read Jami's article, she walks you through what she's done in great and glorious (yet interesting!) detail.
Here, though, are a couple of links you're not going to want to miss:
Jami Gold's basic beat sheet
That link will take you to an Excel file. Jami has set it up so all you have to do is plug in the number of words you'd like your finished manuscript to have and her spreadsheet calculates what beat should appear where. It's incredible.
Even if you don't use beats in your work, it's interesting to see where they would go.
Another must have is Jami Gold's Scrivener template.
I was slow to adopt Scrivener--I was a dyed-in-the-wool MS Word user--but now love it and wouldn't write in anything else.
SO. I was very VERY excited to see that Jami adapted her (brilliant) Excel spreadsheet to Scrivener by transforming it into a template.
And all for Christmas! What a wonderful gift. Thanks Jami. :-)
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