Newbie question: advice on setting up Characters/Actors/People in a Faction/Novel

I am attempting to write a book set in mid 19thC which uses real (now-dead) people as characters across twelve months of a particular year. They have personal histories that intertwine and are linked to places, both local and elsewhere. I have a synopsis and several draft chapters written in Word on a Mac, plus very many data files.

Using the Novel / Parts template I see that there is provision for Characters and reading documentation I see some reference to qualities (fields) such as traits, to which I would also like to add others like birthdate, death date, age and address (at time of setting) etc.

I am supposing others have made use of the Character and Place Name options, so [edit] beyond the set of fields initially offered, are there any readymade templates or top tips to be had?

Many thanks in advance for any help offered.

PS I’ve tried searching in FAQs, Manuals and on this forum for ‘character’, people, actors but only manage to have hits on other meanings lent to those terms :frowning:

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend taking a look at our Interactive Tutorial, available from the Help menu. It’s a good overview of fundamental operations like this. Document Templates specifically have a section under Going Further/Customising Projects.

There’s nothing magical about the templates supplied with Scrivener. They are just starting points. The only thing unique about Document Templates is that they reside in the project’s Templates folder. You can add whatever fields you need by editing the existing template, and you can create whatever new templates you think would be helpful.


Many thanks.

Moderator Note: moved to Technical Support; you were posting in an area meant for sharing tips.