Hello, everyone. I’m struggling a bit to bend Scrivener to my will, and I’m wondering if anyone works the way I’d like to, and could guide me through.
I’m writing a novel, and I work in a pretty formal way. I’m a big fan of top-down organization, and I like to work by developing on three levels;
- Synopsis – each scene and chapter described in about 50 words.
- Treatment – a more detailed set of notes on each scene.
- Manuscript – the actual novel.
Since I’m plotting at the moment, I want to spend all my time in those first two parts, developing the plot before writing the text. I’m wondering if you go about things this way, and how you work in Scrivener.
Some ideas I’ve had so far;
scrivener has fields for each of these – synopsis, document notes, and the main text – but I’m not quite sure how to work scrivener right. If you want to outline for a couple of months, and you need to do almost all your editing on this ‘treatment’ level, then it’s actually nowhere near as nice working in the ‘Document Notes’ field as it is working on normal text documents – no scrivenings mode, for instance, and as you make the Inspector much wider, the Document Notes field gets smaller and smaller in the UI.
I could do a multi-level structure in the document, like
Folder - Chapter
Text - Scene Synopsis
Text - Treatment
Text - Manuscript
Best bit is that I get to use scrivenings mode to edit all three types, and then use compile options to generate the different documents. But the extra levels of structure suggest I’ve missed something in the product – Like I’ve misused it.
- Do the normal novel structure but put all the treatment stuff as inline annotations. But then you can’t compile a treatment of just the annotations.
Anyone else got any ideas? Anyone else work like this?