Syncing iPad and Scrivener without buying another app

I’m writing this on Saturday — I leave for vacation tomorrow.  Well, workcation.  This is a non-pagan post, but I wanted to get it out there because it’s taken months of searching for me to find a strategy that works.  All credit goes to this forum post, technothrillerben.

I have not written about Scrivener before, but Scrivener is an awesome creative writing and project management writing app that is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux (experimentally).  It will hopefully soon be available for the iPad, but until then, we have to make do with workarounds.  I am currently trying to write a non-fiction novel about Goal Setting using Wicca; and I’m also working to edit a few novels that I’ve got kicking around.  I’ve got a few novels published under a different name (here, here, and here), and I’d appreciate you checking them out, but that’s not the purpose of this post.  The purpose of this post is to tell you how to use Scrivener on your iPad.

Okay, so first things first.  You need Dropbox (it’s free), and on your iPad, download Plaintext — it’s also free.  Then, in Plaintext, link to your dropbox.  You might also need to download Dropbox for iPad, if you haven’t.

Okay, now that you have a Plaintext folder in your dropbox, open up Scrivener.  Go to File—>Sync —> To external folder.

In the “which folder should you sync to”, sync to the plaintext folder, but create a folder for your project (I always have more than one).  Select the option to sync everytime you open and close the project, and make sure you’re syncing in Plain Text, not RTF.  Then sync, and you’re done!

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