I have a confession: when I get stuck on my WIP, I inspire myself and kill time (okay, procrastinate) by changing the folders in my project into pretty little icons.
If you’ve been following Simply Scrivener for a bit you know I like my visuals.Today, I thought I would show you how you can add icons and switch those boring folders into something with more panache. Below is my binder for Julius (remember to click on it to enlarge it).
You see I’ve added several new icons. I found these via image searches on Google, templates from other writers, the Literature and Latte forum, and via iconarchive.com. Here’s what I did” I changed the Draft folder into an inbox and renamed it Draft for Julius. In that inbox is a bound stack of paper. I’ve broken out the three-act novel using Alexandra Sokoloff’s structure and have each act represented by a Mead Composition Notebook, which I found via Google. Next, I broke down the acts into sequences represented by a Scrivener colored notebook icon that corresponds to the Mead Composition Book. In each of those notebook containers, I have my text files.
You might wonder why I broke down each act by a different color, and there’s a simple answer. So I won’t get confused should I accidentally move a folder and I find my conclusion somewhere in the middle of the grid.
In the research section, I got a little more creative:
I changed the notebook icon into a file cabinet. Then I chose a pretty pink Mead Composition notebook for Prep work, which is broken down into more icons. Premise is a Scrivener blue notebook; fleshing out ideas is Scrivener’s thought bubble tinted blue. Themes is a red Scrivener notebook, as is Conflict, but in yellow. I found a compass and map to replace Scrivener’s map icon, and I used a more detailed mask for characters. For templates, I figured an open file would work.
My timeline is a graphic of a timeline. Unwanted scenes were changed into Scrivener’s clapboard. Visuals, which is my freeform corkboard is a hatbox (the thought behind that was when I actually had an old hatbox and dumped photos in it). For the Lincoln Brigade, I chose the purple Mead composition book. For story structure, I have two formats: I used Scrivener’s icon for Structure for Three Act Novel, which is further broken down. For the Sokoloff method, which I wrote about in the Stacked Corkboard tutorial (and what I showed above) I used a film strip. Lastly, Sample Output is a monitor and Body Language I used the Anonymous mask.
How did I import these icons into Scrivener? Go to the action menu (the gear wheel) at the foot of the binder and select Change Icon. From there, scroll all the way down until you reach Manage Icons. A window will open:
You’ll want to add your icons in Icons in Project Package. Hit the plus sign. A window will open and select where you’ve saved your icons. Hit Okay.
From there, select the folder you want to change and scroll down until you find the icon you want and select that. Your folder will change automatically to its new look.
What’s the difference between Project Support and Application Support? Essentially, if you add all your icons to Application Support, you won’t have to manually add each icon for each new project.
A couple of items to note: When you import these icons, Scrivener will automatically resize them to 32×32. I try to download images on the large side, so I don’t lose details. I also like .tiff files better than jpg or png files because I think—I might be wrong on this—the detail is sharper.
Pretty nifty, eh? What’s even niftier is that I’ve uploaded my folder of icons that you can download (I hope it works) and make your binder razzle-dazzle.