Draft Layers

I’ve just begun using Scrivener and i am captivated. When I begin a project I start with a very rough plan. Soon it becomes a cluster of slightly more refined ideas, streams of thought and bits of dialog or narration that might end up in the finished product. This creates a problem for me since each Part of the Draft within the Binder contains fragments of the different stages. I know I can create new drafts within the binder but I’m interested in hearing how others handle their clusters. I was looking for a way to create Draft “Layers” or something like that…

It’s really up to you. Scrivener has a lot of different tools that might be useful.

Could you tell me a little more about your workflow? Do you want to keep these early stages separate, or can they be merged into the draft (or discarded) as the manuscript evolves? Without worrying about what it’s called or how to do it in Scrivener, how would you ideally like to handle these fragments?


@ Katherine

Sorry for not being too clear. As of now the way I’m working feels as if im just scratching the surface of Scrivener but here is what I would basically like to be able to do:

I’d like to begin a first draft that is basically the rough plan. then a second draft that is usually written stream of thought in major parts that also contain images and comments to help build the vision. The third draft is then built of the bits of coherent narration and dialog that aren’t necessarily written in a linear fashion. Since none of these drafts are written in sequence but rather all at once I need access to all of them all at once. I was imagining a different layer for each draft but I’m sure I could just create multiple drafts in the binder but the idea of the whole project stretching down that side bar…

If you normally mark out or delete the notes as you write the actual text of your documents, you could look into snapshots. That way, as your writing takes shape, you can always take a peek at the older versions of that document.

Or you could just keep those notes and older versions of the document handy and stack them with the documents that “replace” them. Making use of customized statuses will let you easily spot and separate out the