RECAP: In part one we looked at installing Dropbox. <– Click this link and we both get extra download space. We downloaded Scrivener for MAC or Windows from the links below and we set up our dropbox folders. [Link to previous post part I]
- Using the storyboard to plot scenes
- Part snowflake method to build the one line “scene description”
- Creating scene/document notes and quick draft
- writing the draft
- What do do if you want to change things around
[Please check out a previous post if you just want the bare basics of what I do ....CLICK HERE]
NOTE: I follow a flexible plotter plan of writing. I like to have the main conflicts and roughly where the story is going in my mind before i start writing. I probably have visual images of the key scenes and have probably lain in bed thinking “what would happen if my character does this….”
Sometimes I do this work in Scrivener, and sometimes I do this in my head. Regardless I transpose it to Scrivener when I want to start getting ideas down.
STEP ONE: –>Using the Storyboard to Plot Scenes.
1. Click ‘Manuscript’ in the binder on the left hand side. then add several documents using the big green Plus button. Your binder should look like the picture below
|Adding files to make the scenes|
2. Change to storyboard mode –> click on ‘manuscript’ in the binder to the left and then click on the brown box in the top middle of the screen. This is the Cork board. It should end up looking like this:
|Corkboard mode for moving scenes about|
3. Add in the major plot problems and main scenes. A title and one line will do. If you click on the ‘Untitled’ you can change the title. Then click in the box to write a line or two about the scene (if you want to go that far) We still have another place to do notes about the scene so there is NO need to get detailed here at all. be super super brief.
HINT: –> You can change the sizes of the boxes in the bottom right hand corner where you see layout options. Drag the corkboard to the shape you want. I have done this for the next picture. ( You can see this box expanded in the image below.)
|Add in the scene titles and brief description|
- See how adding in the Chapter Titles has changed the title of the file in the binder to the left hand side.
- You can also drag the boxes around to change the order very easily if you don’t know what order to put the scenes in. Just get them in and then move them around later. This is a draft. A dot point timeline that is easy to move. (This obviously changes them in the binder too…. If you have started your draft it will also drag the text associated with the file to the correct location.) VERY handy.
Now say you want to add some details to a scene, a line you thought of a quick idea for the scene setting. Don’t put this in this view. All you do is click once on the ‘scene in question’ and the document notes for THAT scene pop up. Add to your heart’s delight in here. You can use spaces bold the text or write as much or as little as you like.
|Add Detailed Document Notes about each scene (if you want)|
Personal Note: When I have finished (nearly finished) the brief plot outline in Corkboard, i fill in the document notes section with lots of possible details and a mini draft in dot points. Basically what happens in dot points. It is very easy to get rid of or edit if i don’t like it!!
STEP FOUR –> Writing the first draft!
This is the exciting bit. You have thought about what might happen in the book and jotted down some ideas. Some of you (depending on the degree of plotter vs. panster you are) may have started to write down document notes and ideas for each scene.
Now we go to the main writing screen for the first time. Click the button on the left hand side of the corkboard button. (Situated in the top middle of the screen it is yellow in the image below) The center of the screen changes to a ‘writing pane’. It may come up a little confusing. For now click on your first scene in the binder to the left. It should now look like this: (note I added the text after this so you could see what it looked like. The text has been made bold and enlarged so you can read it if you want to…)
|The main writing screen|
Below you can see that I have clicked in the next scene in the binder and started to type there as well. Notice the two documents in the right hand pane have changed to the ones associated with that scene.
I have also added an image to this scene. Just copy and paste the image like you would putting it into word.
|The Next Scene done|
If you want to see all your scenes together, so you can read them like one big file, you click on ‘manuscript’ in the binder, then click again on that yellow button. It should change to the view below where you can see all the text you have written in one document. (There is a dotted line showing between each scene. The Notes on the side will show the notes for what ever document your cursor is hovering over.)
|Showing all the chapters together. Note the yellow button has changed slightly|
STEP FIVE –> Editing Editing Editing
So now you can write all your scenes in the writing pane. If you need to edit the order, or add another scene in you can do it from any view you like. Sometimes I find it easier to do from cork board. (you can just click the green add file button and drag the blank document to where it needs to go) OR
you can move the files in the binder itself.
If you just start dragging all the files around in the binder it ‘thinks’ you are trying to merge or stack/nest the documents very easily. it may put your files in a new subfolder and move things about. This was my first major catastrophe with Scrivener. However it is EASILY fixed. Here is a quote from my previous post of scrivener.
“ONE THING I FOUND HARD: –> Until i learn how to do it…
If i was dragging around the scenes in the Binder (the list down the left hand side) i noticed that i could NEVER get the document to sit where i wanted. The EASY way was to click on the file and hit [ctrl] [up] or [down] or [left] or [right]. It moved the document around perfectly.
Basically i love the program! It took me a while to get used to it but now i love it.
In short click on the file and use:
[Ctrl] [up arrow]–> for changing the order of scenes
[Ctrl] [down arrow]
[Ctrl] [left arrow]–> moving to chapters and sub-chapters
[Ctrl] [right arrow]
I don’t use the left and right function often however it is VERY handy if you muck up the order in the binder somehow.
that folks is the end of how I use scrivener to plot. I find that there is so much flexibility. I don’t need to have ‘notes files’ i don’t need to write in notebooks and loose things. Everything is kept so neatly together.
This is why I LOVE SCRIVENER
|Scrivener = Happy Author|