Like everyone on this forum, I love Scrivener. It brilliantly combines features and allows flexibility for accommodating different work-flows: most importantly, mine. I write with it exclusively now, and couldn’t be happier.
The key words feature though, seems a little redundant. For abstract ideas, themes, etc. I can see its usefulness (though personally I use the index cards for this information). For any key words that actually appear in the text though, it’s 6 - 1, half-a-dozen to the other whether to use a simple search instead. Which puts key-words, it seems to me, among umbrella features like ‘label’ & ‘status’. Which is great, and has it’s usefullness.
What I had hoped for though (and maybe this is possible & I just don’t know it. If so enlighten me, please) was the ability to mark key words in a progression of documents and then, through a key-word search, view a temporary document say, that showed my keyword and it’s context (surrounding 20 words? maybe even adjustable) throughout all my documents.
For example, say I’m writing a story and there is a minor character named Bob. I have 10 chapters, each a document in my draft folder. 6 of them contain Bob. As i was writing, I key-worded Bob in said chapters. With a key-word search, I’d like for a screen to appear that shows every-time I mentioned bob, along with (20 words?) of my writing around Bob. In this temporary screen then, I would be able to “read” the story of bob, within my larger story.
I know this might be more complex then that, you might need to somehow “mark” everytime that keyword appears, but this could be just a keystroke (like annotation) or something. Maybe it’s not doable or practical and maybe I can already do it. I don’t doubt there is functionality in scrivener that i haven’t learned to access yet.
Anyway, that’s my thought. A small one (but perhaps too big) though, in the grand scheme of Scrivener. Which, I will reiterate, has contributed greatly to my quality of life by taking care of the little things so I don’t have to.
And really, if this is possible already, please tell me how. Thanks.