How do you create and use collections in Scrivener? What's the difference between a search collection and a standard collection? Laura Bergells shows how she uses Scrivener collections.
- [Speaker] Collections give you an easy way to review related documents from different parts of your project. For example, if you're writing a novel that's being told from many points of view, you might create a standard collection of all the documents that share the point of view of each character. This helps you check for consistency, or, if you're writing a novel that jumps back and forth in time, you might want a collection to review the consistency of your timeline. Let me show you how to make a collection.
Click on "view" in the Scrivener toolbar, and then "show collections". Scrivener lets you make two types of collections: a search collection, and a standard collection. In a search collection, you search for a word. For example, let's search for spokesperson. You'll see every document where I used that word in the search result folder. If I want to save this search as a collection, I can click the magnifying glass in the search bar, go to the bottom, select "save search as collection", and I can choose to name it "spokesperson" and click "OK".
I now have a collection called "spokesperson". And that is a search collection. You can also create a standard collection. To create a standard collection, go through your binder, and select every document where you might want to keep a collection, and, for this example, I will select the first videos in three sections. Next, I'll select the plus button next to the collections tab.
I see a tab called "new collections", I'll tap into this and name my new collection. I'll call it something descriptive, like "first videos". Collections are another way Scrivener helps you review and edit your work.
- Navigating the interface
- Creating a new project
- Merging documents
- Keeping track of characters and locations
- Exploring writing tools
- Managing footnotes, comments, and annotations
- Reviewing project and text statistics
- Exporting files
- Compiling as an ebook using presets
- Tips for sharing your work
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1. Navigate Scrivener
2. Plan a New Project
3. Research Your Project
4. Write Your Project
5. Review and Edit Your Project
6. Share Your Work
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