Highlight Your Adverbs (and More) with Scrivener

This post assumes you’re working with Scrivener 3.0. If you haven’t yet upgraded to 3.0, check out this post for a basic overview of the software update. 


If you’ve ever attended a writing conference or picked up a Writer’s Digest, you’ve heard how adverbs are the enemy of good writing. They weaken our verbs, and by association, our prose. But sometimes it can be hard to see our own writing objectively. Our eyes can skim right over things without seeing them.

So I’m loving this new feature in Scrivener 3.0. It’s called the Linguistic Focus.

Linguistic Focus in Scrivener 3.0

Select the text file in the binder that you want to focus on, go to edit -> writing tools -> linguistic focus.

When the option window pops up, click “adverb.”

As soon as you select the type of focus you want, everything else in the document will fade out and you’ll get something that looks like this:

As a fun side note, you don’t have to select adverbs. You can choose direct speech, nouns, verbs, prepositions and more.

It’s one of the many new functions that the folks at Scrivener added when they did their recent software update.

Stay tuned for more posts on all things Scrivener.

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7 Responses to Highlight Your Adverbs (and More) with Scrivener

  1. summoner2100 August 13, 2018 at 3:43 am #

    Too bad the windows version 3 is STILL not out yet…. and they need to stop favouring Mac.

  2. Bryan Fagan February 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    You are slowly becoming a world wide expert on this. It won’t be long before you start charging a fee. 🙂

  3. Mark February 22, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for posting about this new feature. I can see how it can be a quick and easy-to-use tool to keep track of the various parts of speech that we might be overusing or being too repetitive.

    • April February 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      Absolutely. Just one of the many reasons I love this software. Cheers!

  4. Julia Blackwater February 22, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    I can’t wait for the Windows update to version 3. This function is so useful. Thank you for posting about it, it makes me look forward to the release even more!

    • April February 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      I know they’re working on it. It will be worth the wait.

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