WOW! Found a new Scrivener thing

Took me a while to get a couple of plot cards I liked, and while I was working on them, I accidentally clicked a button in Scrivener that opened a whole panel I’d missed before.

Scrivener Inspector

The panel opens with the blue I button in the top righthand corner. Yeah, a little obvious. What can I say?

In this panel, you can see and rewrite your current plot card, decide whether the page will be exported, will retain formatting with export, and will have a nice little page break before (nifty for separating chapters but keeping scenes within chapters together). You can also make notes to yourself, the sort of revision notes I was going on about in Plot Clinic, for example.

The document is to the left, the entire plot outline is still to the left of that.

All I can say is, “Oh, wow!”

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

6 comments… add one
  • anders Feb 24, 2008 @ 12:51

    Debra: She’s using Scrivener, from literatureandlatte.com . It’s a Mac-only application.

  • ahavah Feb 6, 2008 @ 4:18

    Hi, I am interested in software for writing novels, and this looks great.
    Can you tell me what software you are using here.?
    I really need something that will hold all my information Characters, Scenes ect..Thanks Debra

  • IanT May 13, 2007 @ 3:17

    Ah, having woken my Mac up, the buttons are “Notes”,”Keywords” and “References”. “Notes” is the notes area (well of course), “Keywords” is the panel that I described above, and “References” lets you create references to other scenes/items/cards within Scrivener or to external files or web pages.

  • ThursdayHaiku May 12, 2007 @ 17:18

    I knew about the Inspector thing, but I never noticed those bottom icons, so thanks to you both.

  • IanT May 12, 2007 @ 11:06

    If you look at the bottom right, there’s a couple of icons (a key and a couple of other things else – I forget, my Mac is asleep at the moment). They let you flip between your notes area and a couple of other panels.

    The key icon lets you access the keywords panel. So you can tag scenes with various keywords (locations, characters, whatever takes your fancy).

    It’s a really nice tool, isn’t it?

  • PolarBear May 12, 2007 @ 10:55

    Very nice.

    I haven’t figured out how to get the outline and the document to interact in Liquid Story Binder yet.

    It does, however, have a nice word usage feature I’ve been looking for (with tabs for alphabetical or by instance display).

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