I’m splitting this tutorial in two parts because there is much to cover. Part I will focus on everything below the draft icon until the Research section, which will be Part II.
The binder is Scrivener’s project management system with three root folders: The Draft Folder for the actual written work, the Research Folder for all the research files and templates that are relevant to your WIP, and the Trash bin for everything you decide to delete. These three root folders cannot be deleted or moved, but you can add your own folders at this level.
Let’s first take a look at the Draft part of the Binder. You can rename the Draft icon by double clicking it, and type in whatever you’re calling your writing project. To create folders with in the Draft folder, you have several options:
1. Go to the menubar and click on Project->New Folder
2. Go to the footer of the Binder and click on the Folder+ icon.
3. Next to Folder+ icon at the footer, click on the gear wheel or action menu. Go to Add-> New Folder.
4. On the toolbar click and hold the green icon with the plus sign and select New Folder.
Because this is a new story, I’m adding a total of three folders. For folder number one, I’m labeling it as Part One and I follow the same process with folders two and three. The next step is to add text files. You follow the same exact steps as above, but this time select New Text (with the exception of the footer bar, click on + icon for New Text). Once I have all my text files, I drag and drop them into their respective folders. This is how my binder looks:
To move a text file into the folders. I select it and drag and drop it into the folder. To select several files, I hold down my shift key, select the files I want, drag and drop them into the folder. But, let’s say have some scenes/chapters that I may not want to use, yet still want to keep. I can create another folder at the root level by right clicking the empty area of the Binder below the Trash can. The action menu appears, select new folder, label it, and hit Enter.
Now I have this new folder for unused scenes and I have several scenes in each of the folders that I want to group and move to Unused Scenes. To select these files, hit Cmd-click (Ctrl-click in Windows). You can drag them to the folder, or go to the action menu and select Move To. A submenu will open that lists the Unused Scenes folder. Click on that and the files will be moved to that folder.
But what if you have a couple of scenes written in a Word document? Can the document be imported? Yes! You can either drag the document from the directory directly to your folder or you can go to File->Import->Files.
A couple of things to note: if you have a document with footnotes and images in the document, save it as an RTF file so that it imports the document with all the preserved footnotes and images. If the document is saved as a .docx and imported as such it will import the text, but won’t properly import the footnotes, comments or images. Keep in mind that if you have complex files, save them first as RTFs and then you can import them into Scrivener without losing those elements.
Next time, I’ll go through the Research folder of the Binder.