I don’t know about you and your writing, but I tend to be a disorganized writer that wants to be an organized and disciplined writer. I’ve tried just about every filing system known to modern humans. I’ve experimented with notebooks, file folders, date books, stacks of paper, piles of paper, and even garbage cans filled with paper sorted by topic. The best invention in the world for me was the sticky note. Yet, once I discovered Scrivener, most of those went the way of the real purpose of the garbage cans.
So far in this ongoing series on Scrivener, the powerful writing software tool, we’ve learned about the basic features of Scrivener including the organizational benefits of Scrivener, how to start a blank Scrivener project, how to use the Scrivener Research section in the Binder, and using the split screen feature. This tutorial starts to dive into the organizational capabilities of Scrivener.
As you’ve learned in these tutorials, you can organize Scrivener files into two core sections in the Binder of your blank project: Draft and Research. Inside of the Draft area of the Binder you have folders and text. Folders may have subfolders and text files may have sub text files as well. Let’s start there.
- In the Binder, click on Draft.
- Click the drop down arrow of the green plus symbol to add a new folder titled Chapter 3.
- Click on Chapter 3 folder and add a new text document the same way, naming it Testing 3A.
- Click on the Testing 3A file and right click, choose Duplicate to create a copy and title it Testing 3B.
- Repeat the process for Testing 3C.
You should now have 3 folders and the newest one should have 3 text files within it.
Notice to the right of the title of the folder a number. This number indicates the number of files within the folder. In my example, there are 11 files in Research, and 9 in Draft.
Let’s practice moving things around.
Click and drag 3C to 3B. You should now see a 1 next to 3B indicating there is a subfile under it. (more…)