Metadata is data about data
Metadata offers a way of documenting your manuscript: powerful for editing - I refer to metadata as the Editor's Friend in this blogpost - but it's also useful when you are writing that first draft - or during the planning stages.
Note that I write in scenes - part of the story that happen at a place, at a time and involves a subset of the cast...
It’s all about the Corkboard!
The three Editing pane options are: your Scrivenings, your Corkboard or your Outliner view.
In the previous post, I looked at Scrivenings.
Next time, I’ll focus on the Outliner view.
Today, it’s all about the Corkboard.
Why use the Corkboard?
The Corkboard is not compulsory! To write your text, you need Scrivenings, but you need not venture further into the Editing pane options if you'd rather not.
However, the Corkboard,...
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 ...
Location, location, location
It's up to you what data you assign to the Label field. I quite often use it for POV (point of view).
With my 2012 NaNo novel Aide Memoire, though, there is only one POV so I'm using the Label field for the location of each scene.
Setting up the Label field
When you start a new project, the default settings for the Label field are Idea, Notes, Character Notes, Chapter, and...
Metadata: Data about data
A novel is a complex structure, not just a series of chapters broken into scenes, but a carefully woven plait of events and conversations, with interconnected themes, plots subplotslots, enacted by a cast of characters each of whom changes over time.
Scrivener scores 10 out of 10 in providing metadata features that can simultaneously track the separate strands of the tale, measure progress and allow the writer to...
Metadata - The editor's friend!
Metadata becomes essential at the editing stage but, for many writers, after Compile, Metadata is the Scrivener feature which is powerful and yet - for some - daunting. I think that's because there are so many options to consider!
Let's do it ...