I adore Scrivener. So much, in fact, that I’m writing my thesis with it. As part of my series on my Scrivener to LaTeX workflow, which really takes advantage of the best features of both approaches, this post focuses on writing a literature review in Scrivener.
Such a task requires handling large amounts of abstract information and moulding it together to form a broad yet coherent narrative. Scrivener is perfectly suited to this kind of writing, academic or otherwise.
Previous posts have covered how to use MultiMarkdown to include citations, LaTeX math mode code and generic LaTeX code. However, writing the required tags can be cumbersome and can disrupt the writing process.
Using the Replacement feature, custom tags can be used for a more streamlined writing experience. Whilst the text will remain as typed in the Scrivener document, when compiled the required substitutions will be made.
As noted in an earlier post, using math mode in Scrivener is very easy. Using MultiMarkdown – which can be found here – the MultiMarkdown to .tex compiler recognises the syntax and performs the conversion seamlessly.
However, for more complex LaTeX code, there is another route. This post describes how to insert any LaTeX code in the body of your Scrivener document. Again, we use the MultMarkdown to .tex compiler so that any formatting in the document is preserved, but we take advantage of the ability to direct the compiler to process text in HTML tags.