Modes of usage of Labels and Status

“Labels” and “Status” inside Project Settings are two extremely versatile tools. Therefore it might be interesting to know in which ways / to which purposes these tools are being used by ‘Scriveners’ (as one might call members of our community): just for marking Concepts / Chapters etc. and Rough Draft / First Draft etc., or to completely different purposes?


I use “Label” as “POV”, so that I can see which chapters/scrivenings ( :slight_smile: ) are written from which point of view. I got this idea from a web page all about the so-called “snowflake” method of writing a novel (really just another way of “growing” your novel):

Unfortunately, I see that the guy over there has taken down all of his examples and now asks you to pay for them. When I first came across that site, there were several MS Excel files that were good examples of having a scene title, a colour to represent a character, and a synopsis as a quick way of blocking out your plot.

All the best,

I came across that Snowflake concept a few years ago, too. Back then it was free for the reading. I think I archived it somewhere, fortunately. I wanted to give it a run one of these years for Nano, but I always came up with another system I wanted to try just before the starting gun. Back when I first attempted it, I was using PowerStructure and Windows. Yikes. :slight_smile:

The way I use labels and status might soon be changing. From my Ulysses days, I’ve been using labels to denote document type, since Ulysses has zero organisation. A character sheet and a chapter can sit right next to each other, and without that colour chip to let you know what is going on, it can get very confusing. But, with Scrivener I am finding it increasingly obsolete. Why assign colour chips to documents when I can just shove it into a Group? And Groups can even attain a higher granularity, as now I can denote Characters/Gods or Characters/Minor, instead of just “Characters”. With Ulysses, I would put all of the “Gods” into one large document. With Scrivener, I find myself breaking things down – why not? Now I have ten character sheets instead of one big document. POV is a good idea. I might also use them for plot threading in my current novel. I really like how Scrivener lets you change the name for the label set.

So, my usage of Labels might very well shift into something less redundant. Status will probably stay the same. I don’t see any reason to move that information somewhere else. I use it simply to indicate the current state of a document. New, Rough Draft, Second, Final, and Publish – are the core states, with a few other ancillary ones for non-Draft items.

@ Maria: unfortunately with respect to this topic I have no original ideas to offer. I have never applied “labels” and “status” to documents, simply because I have never been able to figure out a profitable way of using them. That’s why I started this thread …

I’m still working out how to use the different metadata, but so far I leave “status” with the default values, more or less, to indicate how far along a given scene is.

Labels, it depends on the structure of the story. For my current main project, there’s only a single POV, so labels (which can only be assigned one per file) reflect which subplot the scene mainly deals with. That helps me see at a glance (in the corkboard, with the coloured pins) what the proportions of the different subplots are. If I had multiple POV characters and needed to track those, that would be a good use for labels as well.

Keywords, I’ve been using for everything else. Which characters are present, that sort of thing. I haven’t gotten into the fancy annotations that amberv has though, I always worked with plain text and paper before trying scrivener :slight_smile:

I use Label to track my plotlines — “Supernatural”, “War”, “Love”, etc. I also assign colours to them so I can see the amount of ink spent on each plotline in my outline mode.

Status I just use to quickly find what needs work — “writing now”, “1st draft”, etc.

Amber, funny you mention "Character / Gods. Some of my Characters ARE Gods.

Having divinities in your book always makes for some interesting times. Especially when your mortals gets angry and aspire to overthrow them!