Creating story grids

I’m really enjoying Scrivener. The Corkboard feature and Outliner are fantastic!

I’ve always worked from a story grid as I go along (the type of story grid I’m referring to is the kind mentioned in The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier ).

I’ve set up a table as a separate non-compilable file for this purpose. It becomes an easy reference, one that I keep up and fill in on a divided pane in the editor as I type a scene. I would love to see the table have a little more functionality, such as being able to adjust the column widths.

What I’ve set up using table insert:

J.K. Rowling’s Order of the Phoenix story grid:

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Hi washbear,

The Outliner combined with custom metadata fields should provide this exact functionality. You don’t need a separate table.

Have you tried that? If not, see the interactive tutorial in the Help menu for further details.

Let me know if you have any specific functionality questions.



Awesome! I was wondering if that might work in the Outliner. I’m still getting the hang of metadata. Will give it a try. Thank you!

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Yay! It worked! Thank you! :smiley:

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Can this persist? In a Layout or in personal .prefs?
You don’t want to use the Outliner like this all the time…

Why not? :wink: But seriously, column selections and widths are not part of what’s saved with a layout, because it’s something (especially metadata) that varies from project to project. What’s saved in a layout is detailed in manual section 12.3.1.

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