I’ve written before about my love of Scrivener as a writing tool. I will say that it does take some getting used to although, once you are, you’ll wonder why you’d ever use anything else.
So here I am to tout another feature that I can’t do withut. Actually two features. The ‘Synopsis’ section and ‘Notes’.
There is no right or wrong way to use Scrivener. Its flexibility and feature set will suit most any workflow method. It was only a few months ago that I ‘rediscovered’ how essential these two sections are for me. When I was primarily writing scripts for audio dramas I used the ‘Notes’ section to capture ideas or thoughts that I didn’t want to lose. Now that my focus has returned to fiction I’ve been using the ‘Synopsis’ section. One of the things I dread writing after a book project is completed is the synopsis (the other thing is the query letter). Scrivener makes it a little easier for me here. When I finish a chapter I capture the highlights in this section and, when all is said and done, I can go back to these sections when it comes time to craft the synopsis.
One thing about the ‘Notes’ section that I should add. If you add a note to a Chapter or a Scene it doesn’t carry over to the next. It stays with the Chapter or Scene you added it to. That might be fine for some but I like to use it to capture things that I’ll want to add later, or to remind myself about things I don’t want to forget. So my writing process incorporates duplicating a chapter before writing the next. Let me show you…
The note can be edited, added to, or removed using this method. It’s perfect and convenient for remembering character names, ages, plot points, or notes to yourself,etc.
If you try this let me know how it works for you. If you have another method I’d love to hear about it!