Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Book Review

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Book Review

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Book Review

by Justin Somper

I’d give this book 4 donors out of 5.

 

Vampirates…the concept… the title… its one of those things that I wished I had come up with. It’s a great concept.  I must say, though, that I feel bad for the author. As I gathered my thoughts for this review I took a look at other reviews of the book, and some of them are just cruel. The book was a good book, in my opinion, even though it had a few quirks.

This book has a ton of covers. Perhaps that a function of being originally published in 2005, and refreshing the book cover is a way to make it new again (marketing) and drive sales. Either way, the book has several fantastic covers, and as you know, I love a good cover.

The story follows Connor and Grace Tempest, a couple of humble children that live with their father, who man’s the lighthouse. One of their bonding traditions is for him to sing them a shanty as they go to bed. The thing is, its a little bit creepy, as its about Vampirates. Here it is:

Vampirates Shanty

I’ll tell you a tale of Vampirates,
A tale as old as true.

Yea, I’ll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
And its mighty fearsome crew.

Yea, I’ll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
That sails the oceans blue…
That haunts the oceans blue.

The Vampirate ship has tattered sails,
That flap like wings in flight.

They say the captain, he wears a veil
So as to curtail your fright.

At his death pale skin
And his lifeless eyes
And his teeth as sharp as night.

Oh, they say the captain, he wears a viel
And his eyes never see the light

You’d better be good, child- good as gold,
As good as good can be.

Eles I’ll turn you in to the Vampirates
And wave you out to sea.

Yes, you’d better be good child- good as gold,
Because- look! Can you see?

There’s a dark ship in the harbor tonight
And there’s room in the hold for thee!
(Plenty of room for thee)

Well, if pirates are bad,
And vampires are worse

Then I pray that as long as I be
That though I sing of Vampirates
I never one shall see.

Yea, if pirates are danger
And vampires are death

I’ll extend my prayer for thee-
That thine eyes never see a Vampirate…
…and they never lay a hand on thee.

The children’s father abruptly passes away one night and, unfortunately, he has left them with nothing. The children, after listening to the local banker offer to take the children in, or to be forced into the orphanage, decide that their only chance is to steal their father’s ship (it no longer belongs to him) and to test their luck on the open seas.

They do this for some time, and get some distance out into the ocean, until a great storm brews and dashes their boat into pieces. The twins are separated,  each scooped up by a different pirate ship. One crew consists of normal pirates, and the other, you guessed it, the Vampirates.

The rest of the tale explores each of the twin’s experiences on their respective ships, and their efforts to not give up hope of finding each other again.

I felt the quality of the writing was very good, and so was the storytelling, even though the plot seemed to have some holes that could be addressed. The characters were fun, and distinct, even though some of the more critical reviews underscored the characters as something they wanted more from.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the one thing that I found strange was the ending. The climax built up to what felt like might be an awesome pirate brawl, but it ended up getting resolved by simply correcting a character’s identity, and then all was well. It was a little anti-climactic. Overall, though, it was a good read. I’ll probably continue on with the next book at some point. Happy reading!

George Lucas on the Power of Myth and The Mythology of Star Wars

George Lucas on the Power of Myth and The Mythology of Star Wars

George Lucas on the Power of Myth and The Mythology of Star Wars

George Lucas consulted at length with Joseph Campbell, author of a Hero with a Thousand Faces, and well-regarded expert on various myth and cultures around the world as they relate to story telling. As Lucas and Campbell spent more time together, their relationship grew into one of friendship, and mentorship. Below are five  youtube videos which are segments of a documentary in which Lucas talks through Campbell’s influence on the Star Wars mythos, and the monomyth model he used to develop and tell his epic sci-fi story.

Ferals Book Review

Ferals Book Review

Ferals Book Review

by Jacob Grey

I give this book 3.5 crow talkers out of 5. What? I liked it…

  Ferals Alternate Book Cover

First of all, let’s start with the book cover. The cover above is absolutely beautiful (the one above.) I say its one of my favorite covers of all time. The color palette is tight, the typography plays into the scene and helps create an effective ambiance. In fact, it was the cover that attracted me to the book initially. To the left is the alternate cover. I assume the intent here was to try to target the Young Adult demographic, and make the story feel bigger. It, too, is nice, but I prefer the original cover. Ferals is a book about a boy named Caw (I know you caught the crow reference there…) who was abandoned by his parents at a young age, and raised by the crows. Talking to them is nothing out of the ordinary to him as that is all he has known. He and the crows live in the “nest,” and they scavenge the city for food and their upkeep. The inciting incident initially starts as a bully scene, but then turns into a scenario where some escaped convicts of the worst kind show up, and Caw takes note. He ends up intervening, something he doesn’t typically do, and saves the day initially. The first theme brought up is whether his loyalties are to the people, or the crows. The crows end up supporting him, but his interference tangles him in this adventure with the escaped convicts. He’ll end up finding out that they are more similar to him than he thought. Caw partners with the Prison Warden’s daughter and they try to hunt down the criminals while protecting their families, and learning about Caw’s past, and parents in the process. The world becomes a bigger place as Caw learns he has more to do with all of it than he had originally thought. The writing in this book is pretty good. This twists and turns were okay, but the writing was good. There is a slightly creepy element to Jacob Grey’s style, and I like that. I didn’t feel it ever really went overboard, but it was darker, for sure. Overall, Ferals is a good book. The pacing was smooth—moved along nicer than most books I’ve read recently—the writing was clean, and ambiance was moody and palpable. The characters surrounding the protagonists were okay. I wouldn’t call them flat, but they were just what they needed to be to move things along. All in all, I think I will be reading book #2 when it comes out. On that note, I got a look at its cover today, and it turned out pretty good, too!  

Follow Your Favorite Authors

Follow Your Favorite Authors

Example of Justin’s Amazon “Follow” Page

New Amazon Author “Follow” Feature

Amazon has recently added a new feature that answers most reader’s age-old question—How do I know when my favorite author’s new book comes out? Amazon has created a new “Follow” feature they’ve been rolling out over the last month or so, and it and solves this need. When an author releases a new title, he or she now has the ability to send you a little message about a new release, along with a notification. So, its not as in your face as a newsletter might be considered to be, and you can always opt in or out whenever you want. All you have to do is go to your favorite writer’s author page and click the yellow “Follow” button underneath their picture. At that point, you’ll receive an email whenever that author releases a new book. I’ve gone out there myself and followed my favorite authors (practicing what I preach). As far as my readers go, I’ve started to get questions about when The Shadow’s Servant will be coming out. It will be this year, but might slip into early fall a bit (work has been crazy busy.) But, by clicking on the follow button on my Amazon author page, you can get my alert the moment any of writing or novels goes public. Pretty cool, right!?  

Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter Book Review

Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter Book Review

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Book 1

by Nikki Jefford

I’d give this novel 3.5 bites out of 5. (There’s some blood left)

 

Like many people, I’ve always enjoyed a good vampire tale. That said, I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the wonderful cover. The key to a good vampire story is, first of all, to try and not repeat one of the many, tired and over-used themes or plots that have been beaten to death by vampire popularity over the years. Most everything has already been done. Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter felt mostly fresh, and I liked that. In short, Aurora is a teenager that gets in a terrible car accident. Really, she should have died–and would have, had it not been for a government agency that saved her. They gave her vampire blood. There’s a catch, though. In order to save her life, Aurora’s mother had to sign it away. See, the government needs “hunters,” or “agents” and they find people that are virtually dead because of car accidents or other similiar scenarios, and make the guardian a deal that can’t be refused. They have nothing to lose, when they’ve already lost their loved one, right? The government has figured out how to use vampire blood to heal these otherwise dead victims. Why don’ t they turn into vampires as a result of the vampire blood? Well, the answer to that question would require a level of government clearnce that I don’t currently have. Suffice it to say that the new “agent” has to come in to the office every so often to take their medicine—a cure that keeps the vampire blood that saved their life from turning them fully into a vampire. So, in their current state, with the government’s help, they have semi-super human field agents that are tasked with finding and destroying the undead. As long as they come in for their check-up and get their dose, they don’t have to worry about becoming the very thing they are hunting and killing. That’s a semi-new twist on things. I could run with that. How do they fight the vampires, you might be wondering? This is where I was also a little intrigued, but perhaps a little disappointed on one level, too—they let themselves get bitten. If a real vampire bites a hunter that has the government’s formula running through their veins, they die. Kind of a strange way to empower your main character. “Go ahead, bite me!.” And there it is. Add some teenage angst (or a lot,) some language and some upper teen/adult themes every here and there, and you have Aurora Sky book 1. The author’s writing style was pretty good. I’d read her again, I think. The story line was solid, and fresh enough. I do have to say that I think some of what were intended to be plot twists were really easy to figure out, while there were a few that weren’t, and the twist at the end was pretty cool. Good hunting!

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Book Trailer

The 13th Reality Book Review

The 13th Reality Book Review

The Journal of Curious Letters (The 13th Reality Book #1)

By James Dashner

 

I’d give this novel 3.75 Chi’karda drives out of 5. (Read the book and you’ll know what a Chi’karda drive is)

This is a really cute story. It probably reads and feels more middle-grade than any middle-grade novel I’ve ever read (take that to mean what you’d like.) There’s nothing really dark or extreme, so it should really be safe for all ages.

I always get a little apprehensive when a book tries to balance the notions of Science and Magic in the same universe. I’ve never seen it really work, but Dasnher did enough to avoid having it stand out (negatively) in this book. I appreciated that.

The main character of this book, Atticus Higgenbottom, understandably goes by “tick.” He’s so smart, that his family calls him “Professor,” but not so smart or flawless that he becomes unlikable. As a matter of fact, he gets picked on and bullied at school.

One day Tick receives a mysterious letter in the mail. He opens and finds a strange set of instructions that he must decide whether or not to commit to them. If he destroys the letter, then all will be as before; no adventure, no danger, nothing new. But, if he keeps the instructions and follows them, he can expect danger to seek him out, and challenges to thwart him at every turn.

Tick decides to follow the instructions in the letter and to help the people that the letter mentions. He wants to be part of something bigger than himself, and he’s willing to potentially sacrifice himself in the process.

Along the way he meets several other kids that have also received letters. They meet up through message forums and email on the internet. My favorite character is Sofia, the Italian girl that Tick meets first. I love the way the narrator (audiobook version) portrays her and all her fraternal digs at the other guys in the story. She has a good sense of humor, and rounded out all the boy characters.

As the story progresses, the kids communicate with each other about the clues they receive, and help where they can. All this leads up to a final moment where tick and the other kids have to follow a certain set of instructions on a certain day, and in a certain place.

As you can tell by the title of the book, the story deals with multiple realities. It’s a wild ride, and I would recommend it to virtually anyone, but especially young readers. It’s very wholesome, as it were, and a good time.

 

P.S. It’s probably worth noting that a lot of stories for this age group kill off parents, or come up with some other strange approach to getting them out of the way so that the children can be empowered to be the true protagonists of the story. Rather than doing that, Dashner actually had Tick confide in his father, and get power and trust from the adult to move forward the way he wanted to. That was a nice touch.

100 Ideas to Boost your Creativity

100 Ideas to Boost your Creativity

100 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Being creative is hard work. For all of us creative types, it’s important to understand how to channel that creativity individually so that we can seek after that distant, second-cousin, productivity. So, in an effort to help us understand our own creativity (believe me, this was as much for me as it was for you) I’ve compiled a list of 100 activities and other ways to help you find and boost your creative juices. If you have something to add to the list of creativity drivers below, please leave it in the comments section. Also, let us know what worked!

100 Activites and Factors to Leverage in Boosting Your Creativity

  1. Surround yourself with whatever inspires you.
  2. If you are struggling with something, name it. Then, describe it. If you can give it a name, and give it shape, you can have increased power over it.
  3. Take a different route to work, or wherever it is you are going. Changing your routine can help get your creative juices flowing.
  4. Draw something, or change the medium with which you usually work.
  5. Fail. Allow yourself to fail. It’s just an iteration, right?
  6. Write / send a postcard (preferably from somewhere inspiring!)
  7. Minimize distractions…like the Internet. You know you are distracted if you are consuming someone else’s creativity, instead of expressing your own.
  8. Carry a notebook, or a journal with you wherever you go. Yes, a cell phone could work, but there is something special about paper…
  9. Color
  10. Read fiction
  11. Do laundry, or some other mundane task
  12. Take a walk to somewhere new
  13. Daydream
  14. Restrict yourself. Exercising restraint while engaged in creativity or problem-solving results in better creativity.
  15. Write a Haiku (see #14 above)
  16. Make a list
  17. Read an inspiring quote
  18. Write a short poem
  19. Laugh at something
  20. Take pictures
  21. Build something, say, with legos
  22. Take a risk
  23. Write / email someone famous. See if they write back
  24. Pretend you’re someone else. What would they do?
  25. Write free hand for ten minutes
  26. Make a time capsule
  27. Make a collage
  28. Listen to music – with no lyrics
  29. Write your future self a letter.
  30. Write with pen and paper for ten minutes
  31. Nap for a bit
  32. Meditate
  33. Challenge yourself
  34. Try Yoga
  35. Use a mind map to shape what you want to create
  36. Free write for a while
  37. Find / Consult a mentor
  38. Sit on a bench, and people-watch for a while
  39. Create a creative schedule. Try to be creative at the same time every day (it’s creative muscle memory, so to speak)
  40. Brainstorm
  41. Run your ideas by someone (sound boarding)
  42. Create a deadline for yourself
  43. Make a flow chart
  44. Ask, “What if?”
  45. Stand
  46. Pace
  47. Relax
  48. Do your creating in the dark
  49. Find someone who did what you want to do, but did it poorly. Kno you can do better
  50. Forget about your weaknesses, and focus on your strengths
  51. Let your mind wander
  52. Play an instrument
  53. Find other creatives to be with
  54. Live more
  55. Be playful
  56. Let curiosity take over
  57. Tell a story
  58. Get more sleep
  59. Develop a talent
  60. Turn things on their head. Look at them differently
  61. Listen to Binaural beats
  62. Broaden your interests
  63. Read a few blog posts on a creative topic that interests you. Comment on those posts.
  64. Be different
  65. Mix and mash several distinct ideas to create an entirely new one
  66. Wake up early
  67. Experiment
  68. Take a break
  69. Work in spurts
  70. Ask for feedback
  71. Form a new habit
  72. Remove expectations
  73. Ask yourself questions, out loud
  74. Fill out a crossword puzzle
  75. Have creative hobbies
  76. Break a pattern in your life
  77. Write down several observations
  78. Learn something new
  79. Exercise
  80. Ask for help
  81. Practice
  82. Play devil’s advocate
  83. Inspire someone
  84. Boil it down to the least common denominator – do that thing
  85. Do it / think of it in layers
  86. Spend the afternoon in an art gallery
  87. Join a critique group
  88. Create / establish your process
  89. Let yourself make a mess
  90. Stop at an exciting moment when you want to keep going so that starting back up again tomorrow will be easy
  91. Set a cut-off time
  92. Find your specific creative time (is it morning, evening, or late night? Why then?)
  93. Listen to ambient sounds
  94. Make an outline
  95. Dim the lights
  96. Watch a relevant TED talk
  97. Dictate
  98. Use the wrong hand to do everyday things (the opposite hand you usually use)
  99. Identify something right now with each of your senses. Write them down
  100. Work backwards if you can. For writers, write the ending and work toward the beginning
Writing Tools

Writing Tools

While there will invariably be different opinions about whether or not automated writing critiques and tools should be used by writers, there is no question that there is a myriad of them available today, and that they may help improve writing. Most authors are looking for an edge. Whether it’s to improve their writing or to mitigate their errors and mistakes, I believe these tools can certainly help, even though they shouldn’t be used to replace a proper editor, per se. As a wise mentor of mine once said, “you never turn down a resource.”

Below I’ve listed a number of online tools that writers can use to analyze their writing, minimize their mistakes, gain some insight, or to just generally improve their craft. Let me know how you use these tools, or any others that I failed to list, in the comments below.

Scrivener

The first tool of a writer is his or her word processor. A writer wants the power and features of a tool, yet the flexibility and fluidity that the creative mind requires to be productive without being distracted. So, while there are many writing tools out there, not many compare to the depth and breadth of Scrivener. 

Scrivener can be a simple word processor. It can also do more advanced things like act as a corkboard with note cards that you can move around for outlining or brainstorming. It can also export your work into most modern-day ebook formats. Many feel Scrivener is the ultimate and most necessary of all writing tools.

AutoCrit

Autocrit is an online tool, like many of the others below, that will analyze the writing that you copy / paste into its analysis box, and give you a report about your writing style. It will also give you feedback on the sentence structure, and grammar quality of your work.

This tool is free for limited use, but to get the full benefit (longer word count) they want you to sign up (pay) for a premium account.

Tone Analyzer

This Tone Analyzer tool is actually new. It’s the same idea as above, copy / paste your writing into a large text field on their website, and they will spit back a pretty detailed analysis of your writing down to the sentence and world level.

Interestingly enough, this also gives you a view into your writing as a whole (what you copied / pasted) as far as its “tone” goes. So, by virtue of your word choice, what tone, or feeling are you transmitting? This is the first time I’ve seen this element in a writing tool. At the macro level, this could really give you some insight if you’re conveying what you intended  for a given portion of your story. You might not want your prose to come off as overly bright and cheery if you’re writing the climax of a horror novel, for example.

Editminion

Based on principles taught in Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, Editminion allows you to copy / paste your prose into a large text field, but it also afford you more controls than some of the other tools. While the idea is similar, you can toggle off and on various factors to be considered in the analysis. Examples: Adverbs, weak words, passive voice and others.

This tool is free.

The Hemingway App

The Hemingway App asserts that it can help make your writing bolder and clearer than it may be now. This tool gives you a readability score (grade level), word count, and calls out other notable factors like sentence length, passive phrases and other variables of that sort.

This is a free tool.

Prowritingaid

This one is a lot like Autocrit. It is also compatible with Microsoft Word, and Google docs, however. It has a limited free option, just like Autocrit, and then offers premium service levels as well.

Writerkata

Writerkata differs from the above tools in that you don’t copy / paste your writing into a window and receive an analysis. It’s more of a free boot camp for writers. It will throw a series of exercises at you for you to complete at your own pace. As you move through the exercises, it will chronicle your progress.

It’s free.

I Write Like

This free tool is just plain fun. You copy / paste some of your writing into the site, and it will tell you who has a similar style to your writing. I got Cory Doctorow.  Who did you get?

 

 

 

Amazon KDP Unlimited Royalty Calculator

Amazon KDP Unlimited Royalty Calculator

This post is for all the authors out there using or testing out Kindle Direct Publishing during July, 2o15. You may be aware that Amazon announced a change to how authors will be paid for KDP unlimited downloads starting in July, 2015. Rather than receiving a payout for each download that happened during the month, Amazon has chosen to level the playing field, as it were, and pay a royalty per page read.  If you want more opinions on this change, please see Hugh Howey’s recent post. He covers it well.  For those of you who tried to read Amazon’s explanation and still walked away confused about how the new KDP Unlimited payout works, I have created a quick Microsoft Excel calculator that contains a simple calculator with the example given in Amazon’s post, and then a simple calculator that you can edit with your own book information to try to estimate your royalty earnings. Here’s the link to the calculator (requires Microsoft Excel to work, but you might be able to upload it to google docs and get it to work there—something I didn’t test). Enjoy:

Amazon Payout Calculator
Scrivener Layout and Shortcuts Explained

Scrivener Layout and Shortcuts Explained

Buy Scrivener for Windows (Regular Licence)

New to Scrivener? Download a trial.

Why Scrivener?

Scrivener  is a powerful writing tool unlike any other I have used. Chances are, like me, you’re familiar with either Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or maybe Open Office’s word processor.  All these are great tools in their own right, but may fall short of your needs.

Many turn to Scrivener because it’s more like a creative suite than a plain word processor. For example, one of my favorite features, the cards and corkboard functionality make outlining and moving story elements around a cinch. You can’t do that in regular word processors—and that’s just one of the powerful things Scrivener can do.

Where Scrivener is so different than your average word processor, you should expect a bit of a learning curve. So, to use Scrivener to the fullest extent, I personally found it helpful to become familiar with the format of the interface, and its various tools and shortcuts. This blog post will teach you some of those things.

Scrivener Screen Layout Explained

Click for Larger Image Scrivener Layout

  • Binder Section: The binder displays the hierarchy for your writing (like a binder, hence the name). It’s the structural representation of your writing. It enables the dragging and dropping of your cards, and provides the 20,000 ft view of your project.
  • Editor Pane: The window pane where you read, write, and edit your work. Images are acceptable here as well.
  • Corkboard: A hierarchical view of your writing elements, or cards. Allows for easy, drag and drop reordering of the elements.
  • Footer Bar: Displays the word and character counts, for your document. It also shows the word count target and allows for quick zooming in/out.
  • Inspector Section: Shows the extra metadata you’ve included in a writing element, or card. Labels, notes, and other data can be displayed along side the writing.

 

  • Binder Button: Clicking this button toggles the Binder view ON or OFF.
  • Main Menu Bar: This is the standard menu bar on all apple applications. You’ll find your preferences, file saving, and help options here, among other useful settings.

  • Header Bar: Shows the name of the active document in the binder. Also allows for navigating through the binder, as well as splitting editor panes for multitasking, and comparing work.
  • Toolbar: A row of icons/buttons that give you quick access to popular features so you don’t have to navigate the menus to find them. You can edit the buttons displayed by right clicking and customizing the toolbar.

  • Formatting Toolbar: Offers  you the quick view of your current text formatting, and provides shortcuts for quick changes to the same.
  • Search Bar: Allows you to search text in your project’s documents.
  • Inspector Button: Clicking this button toggles the Inspector view on or off. The Inspector gives you quick access to notes, and other labeling and metadata you assign to your writing.

Scrivener Resources

 

Fullscreen Shortcuts

 

When you are in fullscreen mode you can bump your cursor (mouse) against the top of the screen and have the standard toolbar fly out (I won’t bother putting a screenshot because you know what that looks like because its in the screenshot above.) That said, you can also bump your cursor against the bottom of the screen in fullscreen mode, and when you do, Scrivener will give you a toolbar with a bunch of handy options. Here is a screenshot of what the fly-out toolbar looks like when you bump the cursor against the bottom of the screen in fullscreen mode. After the screenshot I’ll show a matrix of what options the toolbar gives you and their definitions.

scrivener full screen bottom bump

 

Fullscreen Feature What it Does
Text Scale Quickly scale up or down the size of your text.
Paper Position Justify (set the position) of your text against the backdrop. Left, Center, Right.
Paper Width Determine how much of the screen is covered by your text vs. showing your background image.
Keyword Allows for you to create metadata keywords that are searchable, and to associate them with the different documents you create in scrivener.
Inspector Let’s you get a pop-up of the inspector without having to leave fullscreen mode. A drop down menu on that pop-up will let you select the different inspector elements (comments, keywords etc.)
Go To Gives you a view of the hierarchy of your project (what’s typically in the binder) from the fullscreen mode.
Word Count Shows the word count of the document actively displayed in fullscreen mode
Character Count Shows the character count of the document actively displayed in fullscreen mode
Paper Fade A slider that let’s you adjust the opacity (solid vs transparancy) of the text on top of the background image.
Fullscreen Toggle A button to return back to the normal view (exit fullscreen mode)

 

 

 

 

Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Just as the toolbar helps you not have to navigate the menus to get something done, its helpful to know a few shortcuts in Scrivener so that you never have to take your hand off the keyboard to use the mouse.

The simplest command, and perhaps the most useful, is the save command. If you want to save your document on a Mac, for example, you press the command key on the keyboard, and while holding that key down, also press the letter “S,” for save. This is represented in the “Shortcut for Mac” column below as “Command key + S.” Note, in some cases, there are three or more keys that must be pressed simultaneously to achieve the action you wish.

Desired Outcome/Action Shortcut for Mac  Shortcut for Windows
Save Project Command key + S Ctrl + S
Project Statistics Shift + Option + Command key + S Ctrl + . (Period)
Text Statistics Shift + Command key + T Ctrl + / (Forward Slash)
Show Project Targets Shift + Command key + T Ctrl + , (Comma)
Show or Hide the Binder Option + Command key + B Ctrl + Shift + B
Show or Hide the Inspector Option + Command key + I Ctrl + Shift + I
Enter Composition Mode (Full Screen Mode) Option + Command key + F F11
Scrivenings Mode / Document View Command key + 1 Ctrl + 1
Script Mode for Screenplays Command key + 8 Ctrl + 4
Typewriter Scrolling (Auto Scrolling) Control + Command key + T Windows + Control + T
Preferences / Options Command key + , (Comma) F12
Show Project Keywords Shift + Option + Command key + H Ctrl + Shift + O
Metadata Settings Option+Command key+, (Comma) Ctrl + Shift + M
Corkboard View Command key + 2 Ctrl + 2
Outline View Command key + 3 Ctrl + 3
Compile Project (Ebook, for Example) Option + Command key + E Ctrl + Shift + E
 

Scrivener Shortcuts for Files

 

Desired Outcome/Action Shortcut for Mac Shortcut for Windows
Create a Text Element/Doc Command key + N Ctrl + N
Create a Folder Option + Command key + N Ctrl + Shift + N
Merge Shift + Command key + M Ctrl + M
Take a Snapshot Command key + 5 Ctrl + 5
Take a Snapshot with Title Shift + Command key + 5 Ctrl + Shift + 5
Split at Selection Command key + K Ctrl + K
Split with Selection as Title Option + Command key + K Ctrl + Shift + K
Import Files Shift + Command key + I Ctrl + Shift + J
Export Files Shift + Command key + E Ctrl + Shift + X
 
 
 

Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts (Formatting & Editing)

 

Desired Outcome/Action Shortcuts for Mac Shortcuts for Windows
Find Command key + F Ctrl + F
Copy Command key + C Ctrl + C
Cut Command key + X Ctrl + X
Paste Command key + V Ctrl + V
Paste & Match Style Shift + Option + Command key + V Ctrl + Shift + V
Underline Command key + U Ctrl + U
Bold Command key + B Ctrl + B
Italic Command key + I Ctrl + I
Footnote Option + Command key + 8 N/A
Inline Footnote Shift + Command key + F Ctrl + Shift + F
Comment Shift + Command key + 8 N/A
Annotation Shift + Command key + A Ctrl + Shift + A

 

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