Do you keep track of your scenes? Do you summarize what’s in a scene. I used to use a spreadsheet exclusively to do this until I discovered I can use Scrivener. (I still use a spreadsheet for a more complete list that I can sort.)
In Scrivener, for each scene I note:
- Chapter Number
- Name of Scene
- Point of View
- Point of Scene
- Hook – ask yourself: why would a reader keep reading?
- Character introduction and description
- Date and Time of Day
- Scene Description
- Scene Dependency
- Other – anything I want to remember. This could be a scene I want to add later. A description that needs updating. Just little reminders I still have word to do.
How does this relate to Scrivener, you ask?
I created a template in Scrivener by copying the relevant cells from and Excel spreadsheet and pasting them into a newly created template in Scrivener.
Then for each scene I insert the template underneath and to the right of the scene so I have the template linked to each scene. As I review each scene, I fill out the template. If I can’t fill out a line then I know I have work to do.
You can choose to compile the scene template with your novel or leave it out. If I’m printing a draft version, I might print the scene template so I can work on paper for a while. If I’m compiling and I only want the novel, I unclick the Include-In-Compile button.
It’s fun to discover new techniques to work with. Always, always learning . . .
Do you have information you keep track of for each scene that helps you make the scene better?
Thanks for reading . . .
I wrote a blog with my review of the Scrivener software that might help…