Scrivener and Setting Summaries

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
  • Description
  • Sights
  • Sounds
  • Smells
  • Objects
  • Notes

This helps in several ways.

  1. 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?
  2. If I use a setting more than once, this is a memory aid for keeping the descriptions consistent and for not repeating details.
  3. If I don’t fill out enough of the points, I haven’t put enough effort into describing the setting.
  4. 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

  1. 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.


  2. 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. 🙂


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