On to Part Two of the Inspector…
The center pane of the Inspector is the General Meta-Data area, but before we get to how it works let’s take a look at how Scrivener defines meta-data: it is the set of information that is associated with each item that you add to your project. For example it could be the title of each scene, point of view, locale, a goal, a concept, theme.etc With meta-data you can track scene elements or the status of each of your documents within the project.
Scrivener provides two fields: Label and Status that you can customize. Below those you’ll see when a document was created and its date. Toggle that and you’ll see Modified, which will show the date changes were made. The three field below: Include in Compile, Page Break Before, Compile As-Is, will be discussed later.
If you click on Label, you’ll see that it’s populated with Chapter and Concept and that they’re color-coded.
To customize the label, hit Edit. A Meta-Data Settings window will open (for this lesson, we’ll just focus on Label and Status). To change the label, go to the Custom Label field and type in the new name. In this case, I’m changing it to POV (point of view).
I don’t want concept or chapter, so I’ll hit the minus sign at the bottom to delete them, and hit the plus sign to add a new field. I’ll type in Cyprian Wilde. If you want to assign a new color, click on the small box and the color swatch window will appear. Hit Okay and you’ll notice that Label is now POV in the Meta-Data pane.
To assign the new POV to your scene. Highlight the index card icon and select the respective POV. To tint the icon in the binder, go to View->Use POV color->Icons. Note: tinting icons is only available in the Mac version. For the windows version, you can highlight the icon by going to View->Use POV color->Binder.
The process to edit the Status field is similar to Label. You can see that Scrivener included To Do, First Draft, Revised Draft, Final Draft, and Done, but you might want to add more. In this case, I’m keeping the Label of “Status” as is, but I want to add a few more statuses such as: Needs Work, Second Draft, Third Draft. Beta Readers Draft, Post-Beta Readers Draft. So I hit edit, the Meta-Data Setting window will open, I hit the plus sign at the bottom of the window and add the new status. I keep doing this until I have them all.
One thing to note: You can change the order of the statuses. Simply highlight one and drag it where you want to place it.
You won’t see the status reflected like POV in the binder, but you will see it in the corkboard feature. So we’ll jump ahead a little as a preview. If you’ve set your folders and scenes as I have in the binder, select the folder that says Part One. To view the corkboard, go to View->Corkboard. The editor will change to the Corkboard. Go back to View->Corkboard Options->Show Status Stamps. Choose that and you’ll see your selected status.
That’s it for this lesson. Next time, I’ll review Document Notes, Project Notes and the nifty little icons at the bottom of the Inspector.
For questions or clarifications or if you have a tip, just leave one in the comments section!