Let’s say I need a certain key for the solution in the end of my story. Of course this key may not come out of nothing; it’s existence has to be established early in the story and in a believable way without hinting too much that this key will play a major role later, because I want the reader to be surprised.
Let’s say I have inserted the keyword “key” in every scene where this key is mentioned, described, plays a role, whatever.
Let’s say as I start to develop the solution part, I am not sure whether I have distributed my mentioning of this important key in a acceptable way. How are the scenes distributed over the course of the novel? Is it too long that the reader was reminded that there is that key? Will the reader say “what key?” and feel the need to flip back to see where this key comes from?
Here’s what I can do to visualize the thread of this “key” though the web of the story:
- I open the keyword HUD and initiate a search for “key”. All scenes that are tagged with this word will be listed.
- I select them all with Cmd-A in the binder. (They appear all as cards.)
- I click on the famous “Edit Scrivening”, which will create a continous text out of all scenes I have selected.
- Important: I lock everything. (Via Menu “Lock In Place” or by typing Option-Cmd-L.)
- Now I delete the search. The whole binder appears again, all chapters, all scenes.
- Now I chose “Reveal in Binder”.
Voilà - all scenes concerned get selected in the big picture the binder provides. Now I am free to ponder about whether, for example, an additional scene is needed because the key I want to pull now has last been mentioned in chapter 2…
Just a little trick for the toolbox I wanted to share.