(I’m using the Mac version of Scrivener, v 2.2)
This one is going to sound like a no brainer, but believe me, it really streamlined how I break up scenes.
Here’s my fake project:
Notice I’m working with 4 chapters, each with 3 scenes (or Scrivenings). If I am writing, and I realize I need to start a new scene/break, I could go up to the giant green ( + ) button at the top to add a new blank scene, or I could just hit Command K where I need my new scene to begin.
So, say I have a killer ending to the scene and need to take up the story the following morning. I just type something like, “The next morning”, place my cursor before the ‘T’ in ‘The’, hold Command, and press K. This splits the current scene and creates a new one:
Notice in the 1st screenshot that I was in Chapter 4, Scene 3. Now I am in Chapter 4, Scene 4. Also, Scrivener puts me in edit mode for the scene’s title. Right now, it’s a copy of Scene 3′s title, but I can change that easy enough.
Simple as that.
This is particularly useful when you are converting your old Word docs to Scrivener. Just import the doc, then scroll through making your scene breaks where needed. From there, it’s fairly easy to do Chapter folders too and have everything looking nice and neat in the Binder.
More Scrivener Tips coming (every Monday?)
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