I’m working on a manuscript and the way I like to write is, I’ll write a section, print it out and rewrite it from scratch. What I’m struggling with in Scrivener is not being able to write a separate draft in a binder without it being added to the original. I know I’m not explaining myself very well, but I’m kind of hoping someone will tell me a great way to utilise Scrivener in a way that I haven’t found.

Thanks for any and all advice!

Have you tried File > Print Current Document? And moving old versions of scenes or chapters that you’ve re-written into a folder (“Old Versions”?) outside the Draft folder? Or am I misunderstanding what you want to do?

A couple of options for rewriting sections:

  1. Take a snapshot (cmd-5). Then rewrite to your heart’s content - the version of the text at the time you took the snapshot will be preserved and you can view it in the inspector or in the other editor at any time you want.

  2. If you want to keep a version of the entire draft, then you can just duplicate the entire Draft folder (select the Draft folder and hit cmd-D, or Documents > Duplicate > with Subfolders and Unique Title). Then edit the contents of the real draft folder, and you always have a copy of how it was to refer to it. Or you can just duplicate the section you want to rewrite and either move the copy it out of the Draft folder or un-tick “Include in Compile”.

Generally, snapshots are were built for preserving your test for rewriting, so if it’s just individual sections, snapshots are the best option.

Hope that helps.

All the best,

Wow, that’s very helpful. Thank you. Okay, so I’ve taken a snapshot…how do I find it?

Just open the inspector and click on the camera icon in the footer bar to see all snapshots for the current document.
All the best,