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With its folders and corkboard format Scrivener is a good way to outline scenes and move them around when you're planning your story. It's a useful tool I find. It's good to be able to see your work all of a piece and your chapter outline
Scrivener files are called projects, not documents, because a project itself can house endless files and folders in an easy-to-navigate sidebar called the Binder.
Gone are the days of housing an entire manuscript in a single document or shifting between dozens of files to find the right set of notes. Every last scrap of your edited draft can find a home in a single Scrivener Project, making organization and navigation a breeze.
Customize the toolbar.
The Scrivener program features a bevvy of tools and capabilities. Understanding these options can be tricky at first, but once you get to know the program, you can easily utilize and navigate between tools by customizing the toolbar that runs along the top of the Scrivener interface.
Set writing goals with project and document targets.
Allow Scrivener to hold you accountable by setting targets for individual documents or for your project as a whole. You can even activate progress bars and push notifications to help you keep on track.
You can view your notes while you write or reference multiple chapters at once by splitting the Editor to view two documents at a time. You can then add yet another two documents to each Editor's Copyholder — the virtual version of spreading notes across your desk.
Import research files for reference.
Beyond merely housing all of your chapters, scenes, and notes within a single project, Scrivener also allows you to import and organize nearly any form of research, including text documents, images, audio and video files, webpages, multi-markdown files, and even other Scrivener projects.
Get focused with composition mode.
Easily distracted by the internet? You can tune them out when the time comes to simply sit down and write by working in Scrivener's full-screen Composition Mode.
Comments, synopses and notes.
Get organized and capture all thoughts while you work by making use of the features found in Scrivener's secondary sidebar: the Inspector. Give your document a synopsis, take notes on your progress, and leave comments on specific lines of text to remember down the line.
Make revisions and keep track of them without losing them.
No need to create a new document to start your next draft or fret over regretting any changes you may make to your work. With Snapshots, you can take a picture of your document before revising. If you later decide you don't like the changes you've made, you can easily view your old work or even revert back to the version of your document featured in your Snapshot.
Organize, outline and find files easily.
You can easily outline and re-order your story using Corkboard and Outliner modes, mark files with Labels and Statuses, and even tag documents with particular Keywords for easy searching.
Compile and format your manuscript to the publishing standard.
You can select and format specific files within your project for export by making use of Scrivener's compilation features.
One of our members has put together a tutorial which you will find in the Members Library.
You'll be looking to set up your folder according to the five-part story structure which I'll give you in the next phase, then you'll assign your material in chapters to each part. You can move chapters around per your outline in the corkboard. It's a good way to organize yourself.
You can file redundant material, or cuts you want to keep easily.