How can I keep track of ideas within scrivener

I am using a (what I call) project as a writing diary.
in essence, this is where I write down (you could say log) my thoughts, things done on a certain day, things I have seen, or am thinking about on a daily basis.

Within these notes, there are pieces I realize I want to remember as I might be able to use them in a story, column or blog. I know scrivener has tons of functionality, but I wonder how I can mark these bits and pieces with a bit of descriptive text, so I get (or can generate) an overview to enable me to easily find them for later use.

Thanks in advance for replying ans sharing your thoughts.

Hope I made myself clear. If not, let me know and I will try to be more desriptive.

Check out (in the manual):

10.4.5 Using Keywords
18 Annotations and Footnotes
10.2 Using Collections

As a starter.

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The fastest and easiest way would probably be to put something directly in the text, say WIP Note – widgets. Then you can search for either all instances of “WIP Note” or just the ones that also include widgets.

You could also attach a comment, or could duplicate the relevant sections out to a separate folder.

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Another idea, make a separate Scrivener which you keep open a lot of the time, in addition to other windows (Scrivener’s or others) and capture ideas there.

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Right. Simple actually isn’t it.
If I create an inline note/comment (working in the Dutch translation, so not sure if this is the proper wording in English, anyhow Alt+Shift+F4.
I can put in a text like “Blogidea” with a few words to describe it.
Makes sense.
Thanks for that.

IS an idea, but I am easily destracted tbh. So I try to keep the number of opened projects to 1

will take a look. Thanks

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Right. Since you’ll be using Search to find tagged items later, you probably want to use a tag that is unlikely to appear elsewhere, but otherwise this approach is pretty straightforward.

Or bookmark relevant files. Can also create custom metadata with lists of topic categories so can group quickly by search. Adding comments can pinpoint spots in text as well .


Each document has an associated index card, also. The body text of the index card could be a good place to jot down summative phrases for later synoptic viewing or search. You can view this index card text in the Inspector per doc, or in groups in Corkboard View or in a structured list in the Outline View.

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