Happy Monday to all the Story Empire readers. PH here today with another Scrivener tip that may help you with a writing project – tracking your WIP with meta-data.
I’ve written about the Inspector a number of times in the past. Just to re-cap, the Inspector is the bar on the right side of the editor. If you want to find out more about the Inspector, here’s a quick tour. You can use features in this handy toolbar such as the Scratchpad 0r Document References.
Once turned on, the Inspector allows you to work with various forms of meta-data in your project. What’s meta-data? In short, it’s extra information, but for today’s post, let’s expand that to: a way of making comments about your work for tracking purposes. Examples are the synopsis, document notes, document references, keywords, snapshots and comments & footnotes. But there are a few more aspects of meta-data to explore.
First, on the Inspector, the General Meta-Data is almost always available (except in Snapshots and Comments). You can label a document with color or indicate the status of your document based on a number of criteria. Below you indicate when the document was created or modified. Use the check boxes to include the document in compile, set a page break before the document or compile it as-is. All this is pretty straightforward – use these settings to mark your progress. These can be viewable in different ways from the Outliner, Corkboard and Binder.
Next, there’s customizing Meta-Data which allows you to add categories to label and status lists. Clicking over to the Custom Meta-Data button on the Inspector menu reveals a button named Define Meta-Data Fields. From this window the Status and Label lists can be managed in addition to your custom meta-data. Again, these are valuable for how you track progress in your projects, especially with revision and editing.
I’ve found general meta-data useful for updating the progress of any document including a chapter, short story, blog post, blog tour and anything else on which I’m working. It’s a useful and easy way to track your work and customizing is even more useful. It’s one more way the Inspector is as powerful as the Binder. I plan to use meta-data heavily in the coming months as I revise several manuscripts for publication. Tracking my progress will be very important and staying organized in Scrivener will be a big help.
Thanks for reading this post today and visiting Story Empire. Have you ever tracked your project with meta-data? If so, share your process. Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments and I’ll reply as soon as I can.