Scrivener is still helping me write.
In Scrivener and Scene Summaries, I wrote about using a template for asking a series of questions about a scene to ensure I making the most of the opportunity to engage readers in the story.
I’ve added a second template where I ask myself the following questions about the setting of the scene.
- Role In Story
- Related Characters
- Unique Features
This helps in several ways.
- I keep track of how many times a use the same setting. Sometimes it’s easy to write about the same setting, but maybe that’s a lazy way to write. i follow this up by asking myself, could be the scene be set somewhere else that would further the plot and make the story more interesting?
- If I use a setting more than once, this is a memory aid for keeping the descriptions consistent and for not repeating details.
- If I don’t fill out enough of the points, I haven’t put enough effort into describing the setting.
- I use the notes section to remind myself of how I want to use the setting later in the novel, Perhaps I’ve used setting for foreshadowing and I want to remember to follow through later in the story.
How do you ensure your settings work for you and move your story forward?
Thanks for reading . . .
4 thoughts on “Scrivener and Setting Summaries”
Dear Miss Kristina your books are so much more involved then my simple stories. Besides, when a dog makes a grammar boo boo it is easier to forgive. You are more scholared in the writing firld then I am even though my human does tell me that I am very literate for a dog. Love M.J.
Thank for the lovely comments. You have a way of making both Farley and me smile 🙂
I do something very similar, although in first draft I don’t hold myself as accountable for getting things right as I do in revision. Templates are a great way to keep score though. I use them for everything. 🙂
Kirsten, You’re right about the first drafts. That’s where all the fun is. Okay, not all the fun, but it is exciting to get the story down without worrying too much about the details.