Hey Scrivies (Sorry. Is it alright if I call you that?)
First, thanks for this magnificent tool, and the community as well. I have a fair number of children that I love a great deal less than I love Scrivener, and while I have all the writing talent of a pickled halibut, this tool has helped me tremendously to hide this truth from readers.
Question: Is there a toolset in Scrivener to help me track and replace unanswered questions in a novel?
Here’s what I mean. Say I’m writing a very intricate passage when I suddenly must write the name of a mechanized war duck, but I have not given this character a name yet. Typically, I arrive at this moment and…drift off for twenty five minutes thinking of possible war duck names instead of getting the ruddy work done.
Lately, when this moment happens, I’ve tended to insert “[Need: Name of the war duckie]”. Then later I search for "[Need: " to sift through the copy for these tags. It’s a somewhat chimpish solution in that it relies on me to chimpishly implement it. Today I encountered Placeholders, which I now realize is not at all related to the question I’ve posed. But! I momentarily thought that placeholders would allow me to organize all the many unnamed faces and places, characters whose total number of arms was undecided, all the essential bits. I was very excited to have incorrectly thought this, then disappointed myself tremendously when I informed myself of how I’d misled myself.
How do you all use Scrivener to manage this problem?
Is there a keyword/tag/meta approach to keeping track of these and I’m so green I didn’t know? In my fantasy world, there is a list where all undecided bits are housed, and when I edit an item in that list, that tag is replaced in all instances throughout my forty book series on The Complete Military History Of Ducks. I mean…er…asking for a friend.