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Keywords in Scrivener

This is a brilliant post about using keywords in Scrivener to track characters and locations. I think what's great is that it not only explains how to add the keywords, but demonstrates the practical uses that these keywords can be put to when you're searching your novel.

In a 90,000 word piece, things get so incredibly convoluted. Keywording might seem fiddly, however in the end, maybe it would free up one's brain from needing to remember dry, factual things about the story and make that brainpower available to do the more creative stuff.


I need to be writing right now. But later tonight when the brainpower is used up, I may start adding some keywords.


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Mar. 15th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh that looks interesting, thanks for the link :D

<33 Katherine
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
It's a really cool way to figure out "every place in the novel with character X" or "every time they go outside" or whatever. When they go outside with character X, for that matter.
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
It seems like something I could use tbh, b/c I often find myself skimming back for a particular scene or mention and that would save loads of time. I've just never used Scrivener :(
Mar. 16th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
I emailed you privately enthusing about Scrivener ;-)
Mar. 19th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Got your email - thank you. Will respond in full soon - had family visting and I'm leaving for Finland the day after family leaves so it may be early next week before I can respond properly. Can't wait to delve into it :D
Mar. 15th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Interesting post. Keywords definitely could have prevented a bit of sanity loss as I worked on the final edit of my most recent 165,000 word novel. I had to use Word's "find" function a lot to check on things.
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, ugh, that's massive. I start getting confused around 30k.
Mar. 16th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
This is perfect for what I need just now. Thank you!!

Every time I think that Scrivner is the best writing program ever, I find another tip like this that sticks another gold star on it. ^___^
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:00 am (UTC)

I totally know what you mean about "Holy shit, this program is even BETTER than I thought?" And you know, I was telling Thrace about it and I realized some things I take for granted. I have it set to back everything up to my dropbox each night as a zipped folder of rtf files. If anything happens to all my computers and I don't even have Scrivener wherever I end up, I will still have access to all my novels, I will still be able to rebuild. I don't think about this because it's a "set it and forget it" thing, but I just looked at it now and it's been chugging away in the background...for a couple of years. I could actually delete a bunch of stuff.
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Mar. 16th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
I too have the impression that I might not be totally utilizing Scrivener. But working in multiple small documents is such a far cry from one long awkward Word doc, I figure that for me I need to integrate one feature at a time.

In my current project I've just moved from one document per chapter to one document per scene. It's amazing how much easier it is to know what's happening in a document called "Lunch with Guards" as opposed to "Chapter 20."
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