See the Contents of the Folder on the Corkboard

I don’t know if anyone has suggested this, but one of the things I think Scrivener could ad is the ability to see the scenes listed under the Chapters Automatically in the Corkboard. Right now, if you click on your novel, the Corkboard will show the chapter’s you’ve created, but it doesn’t show the scenes underneath it. If you have multiple scenes in your chapters, you have to click into each index card in order to see what’s underneath it. I would set it so that each scene shows as a link on it’s folder index card, and if you hover over the link with the mouse, it displays the synopsis.

You can see what I’m talking about in the image. If you look at the Binder, you have to expand out each Chapter to see the scenes, meanwhile, the index cards are blank. This makes navigating a complex novel tedious because you have to click on each folder to see what’s underneath it if it’s not expanded. In the mean time, the Index cards aren’t really giving you any information at all. So you have to go back and manually add the information to each index card, which is basically the same information you’ve already put in.

Try the Documents/Open with all Subdocuments/on Editor Corkboard. This command does what you want, it sounds like. It will show all descendant index cards of the currently selected containers, all the way down to the bottom of the stack.

Of course, if you mainly just want to get at that kind of information all of the time, the Outliner might be a better tool for you than the Corkboard. One of the foundations and advantages of the Corkboard is in fact that it only shows one level of structure at a time. So it is not as inherently good at “show me all the scenes in this part of the book”.

Another thing to consider—and I don’t know, what you are showing might just be a preliminary structure—but it looks like you are making things more complicated for yourself than they need to be. I’m not sure why you’ve got one single file in each folder? Wouldn’t it be easier to organise your chapters as a flat list of files, if they are short enough to not merit breaking up into smaller pieces?

That is even more cluttered, when you do it like that. Then you’re showing folders with nothing, and scenes come out beside them instead of showing an association with the folder card it’s in. When you are talking about trying to arrange the flow of a novel when you’re working with multiple scenes in each chapter in a document that’s say 120,000 words long and over 500 pages, being able to see and navigate the scenes on a Corkboard can become a key issue.

With the chapters setup as folders and numbered, I can rearrange the scenes without going back and forth changing chapter names every time I move a scene in a document. Organizationally, it isn’t very efficient. You have to do a lot of extra clicking to find your scenes that way. Yes, if I was writing a shorter story with fewer scenes, I might be inclined to keep them all in one folder, but this is a project that’s three books in length with a very complex storyline. If you have the index cards and they represent folders, why would you not want to list the scenes in the folders so you can see them at a glance?

Actually what I was proposing is that if your chapters are one scene in length, you might as well just dispense with using folders altogether and just have a list of chapter files in the binder below the draft. You can call them whatever you want, in fact, leaving them as they are would be best since those names are meaningful to you. The compiler can handle removing those names (or more accurately, never using them to begin with) and it can also handle all of the chapter numbering for you. This is most likely how it is already set up, so all of those “Chapter #” folders will end up looking like:

Chapter 1
(Contents of Mike wakes)

If however you anticipate having multiple scenes in each chapter, and wish to use multiple scene cards in each chapter folder, then the way you’ve got things set up is fine (though do consider not worrying about numbers so much; let the computer handle the manual labour unless you really want to).

Here is a screenshot of what I mean:

Now you can get everything in one single click on the corkboard. To be clear I’m just offering advice. There are a million ways to use the program. :slight_smile: