Hi, folks. I’m brand new to Scrivener, and I’m trying to figure out how to use it to manage a key aspect of my book project.
I’m writing a nonfiction book on a relationship topic. I’ve conducted a survey that’s gotten well over 1000 responses, with people supplying long answers (hundreds of words each) in several of the open-text fields. It’s amazing how much content I’ve gotten without really trying hard – people have so much to say!
My book will form a synthesis of this topic by weaving together lots of quotes from my surveys (I’m trying to quote each survey at least once, actually) – rather like a patchwork quilt. The manuscript will contain lots of text that looks like this:
I’d like to use Scrivener to manage each quote independently, so I can experiment with placement, organization, and which quotes to include in the book (or not).
Each quote has some metadata associated with it:
- First name or pseudonym of respondent being quoted
- Identification: Some contextual information relevant to their quote – could be age, sexual orientation, preferred relationship approach, or whether they live in a rural area vs. city, etc. This will vary by quote, it’s not necessarily a uniform set of categories across all quotes. It’s just to help the readers understand each quote in the context of that chapter.
3. Record number corresponding to that survey in my database.
How can I display metadata with each quote? In my finished manuscript, I’d like the first two pieces of metadata to appear under each quote (as shown above). The record number will not be displayed; that is for my own internal project management only.
I’ve created a individual quote template document, which has these metadata fields. However, I’m not sure how to make the desired metadata fields to display in the manuscript text. Think of it this way: it’s basically a citation that appears immediately underneath each quote, not as a footnote or in a bibliography or appendix.
What might be some good ways to work with these individual quotes in my project – so I can group them thematically, integrate them with bridging and expository text, etc.? Is metadata the best way to be handling this, or should I be using some citation tool?
Thanks much! I’m enjoying learning Scrivener and look forward to your ideas.