If you stop by my other blog, you’ll see that I write a lot about the trials and tribulations of my work-in-progress. This has been a ten year project. There’s been much stumbling around, many revisions, revelations, and long periods of not working on it because of plain old ennui.
I’m happy to write that I’ve been consistenly working on the novel since July and I am making progress. If all goes well, I might finish it by the end of the year.
For this tutorial, I’ll be showing how to use the Centered Outliner, but also my process. Typically I am a plontser. A combination pantser and plotter. As I pointed out in a previous post, I use Alexandra Sokoloff’s structure for my WIP: three acts and broken down into eight sequences. Each sequence holds x number of scenes or chapters.
Once I have my structure set up in my binder, I typically create a document and give it a title and write a short blurb of what it’s about in the synopsis. I do this until the end of the sequence and then start writing.
For this exercise, I want to try to think more as an outliner and get down all the major details of each scene so I could easily flesh it out while I write the chapter. To achieve this I use the synopsis pane found in the Inspector.
If you’ve been using older versions of Scrivener, you already know that text in your synopsis will appear in either the Corkboard or the Outliner. In this new version of Scrivener, users have more room to write longer synopsis. I used a modified outline structure that was taught when I was in elementary school.
But what if I wanted to print it out? Simply go to File->Print Current Document. You’ll get this window:
Open the PDF in Preview and this is what it will look like when you print it out:
I like this new feature to the Outliner a lot. I don’t like printing out spread sheet because it never prints out in one cohesive and neat document. This way, I can write it out in my modified manner and comes out in a readable format that can be popped into a three-ring binder.