Scrivener for Thesis Writing: Post 1 Intentions and Topics

Scrivener for Thesis Writing

Scrivener for Thesis Writing

Welcome to the first of a series about using Scrivener for writing your Thesis or Dissertation.

This is primarily aimed at Higher Degree Research students who are required to write a long thesis or dissertation.  I’m hoping that this series of blog posts will assist you maximise Scrivener’s functionality for your thesis writing.

Of course, there are many ways to use Scrivener and I highly recommend undertaking the Interactive Tutorial and watching the Literature Latte YouTube channel.

However, it can be tricky to understand just how perfect Scrivener is going to be for writing your thesis whilst you are trying to learn to use a new piece of software. These posts will be focused on sharing tips and tricks that I’ve learnt whilst using Scrivener for Thesis Writing and hopefully maximise your writing time.


Literature and Latte and Scrivener don’t have anything to do with this blog or series on Scrivener for Thesis Writing. I’m sharing this because I think Scrivener is pretty awesome and writing the blog has helped me on my own writing journey.

I don’t know everything about Scrivener and there are many different workflows for different writers. This is my way –  if you’ve got other experiences or options you’d like share- please feel free to add in the comments.

If you feel like purchasing Scrivener- please do so via the link on this website (pending). This means I get a small commission. I’m a PhD student (still) and this commission may fund a lovely cappuccino for me.

I’m sorting out the order of the posts at the moment. All these will focused on academic writing, specifically Thesis and Dissertation writing. Here’s an overview of what I hope to cover:

  • Setting Up aThesis Structure
  • Backing Up, Snapshots and Compiling
  • Thesis Completion Plan
  • Bibliographic Software
  • Project Targets
  • Storyboarding
  • Snapshots and Version Control
  • Fullscreen Mode
  • Inspector: Document Notes
  • Inspector: Project Notes
  • Inspector: Synopsis
  • Append Selection to Document
  • Inspector: Comments
  • Using Icons to help orient your Thoughts
  • Using comments to manage your Participants Quotes (Bi-Lingual)
  • Split Screen / Pane
  • Advanced Split Screen / Pane
  • Writing in Circles
  • Going back and forth with Microsoft Word
  • Presets

Give me a shout out if there is something you’d like me to cover sooner rather than later.

Yes, I’m still writing my Thesis – its a qualitative piece of research- so these posts reflect this. The screen shots are from my actual thesis –  please respect this and accept the messiness of  a work in progress.

I try and blog about non-Scrivener qualitative research and PhD related stuff. I’m on Twitter.

Please don’t copy and paste these posts into your blog or other format – happy for you to share the link if you think they are useful!


About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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