Project keywords provide another way of recording metadata. Why, and when, might you want to use them?
In my The Golden Girls novel, I have eight characters, seven of whom who dine together each evening during their cruise.
I also have several themes for this novel, for example: types of love; and the twelve topics in Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way.
If I apply these as project keywords on a scene-by-scene...
Create your timeline within Scrivener
Scrivener 3's custom metadata allows a date option. Perfect for keeping track of scenes on your timeline!
Select a scene.
Open the Inspector.
Click on the icon for metadata (the middle of five icons).
Click on the Set Up Metadata ...
All in one place: novel plus research notes
Using Scrivener, everything is in one place. One project holds all that you need:
In this blog post, I'm focusing on the Research folder and how I use it.
The Research folder
The Research folder is perfect for storing information I'll need while writing my novel. I start collecting as soon as a new idea for a novel...
KISS = Keep It Simple, Sunshine!
How do you structure your novel? There are lots of Scrivener templates available, each one offering a ready-made structure for a novel. Google 'Scrivener template' and see what you find.
Choosing your novel structure: KM Weiland and Shawn Coyne
If you have written lots of novels before and enjoy this approach to novel-writing, maybe the template KM Weiland provides, with a comprehensive 3-act structure, complete with notes...
Everything in one place - in the Binder
One of the major benefits of using Scrivener to write a novel (or anything else!) is that everything you need is held within the one project file, within the Binder. That's assuming you put it there!
Whenever I start a new novel, I set up the basics in the Binder:
100 Scenes, each with a target of 500 words (100 x 500 = 50,000...
September - time to start a new novel
Starting a new novel happens, for me, about this time every year, in preparation for a writing splurge during NaNoWriMo.
This blog post takes you through the initial process.
Setting up a new project
Reviewing the project metadata
Creating character sketches
Creating location sketches
Identifying the story timeline
Subsequent blog posts will show the preparation done ahead of midnight on 31 October, when I start...
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Playwriting is child's play, using a Scrivener template
Scrivener offers a template for plays. It's under the heading Scriptwriting, and provides seven different options. Choose the one that best matches the intended destination for your play.
I use Stage Play (UK), and this is what Scrivener provides when I select that project template.
Notice the entries in the Binder: Script, Act and Scene. 'Act' and 'Scene' are the basic building blocks of the...
Use footnotes for notes to yourself
Scrivener's auto numbering during Compile is not confined to chapters, or parts, acts and scenes, or tables and figures, etc.
Scrivener supports two notes streams - inline and Inspector linked footnotes - either of which can be used to form endnotes and the numbering of these are also handled during the Compile process.
Once they are output via Compile, the note streams only differ in position: