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Splitsville: Using Scrivener to Split Content

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

Scrivener LogoFor some reason Thursdays are becoming Scrivener question days that translate into a Friday blog post. However, that’s fine with me, I can re-arrange my schedule and go with the pitch. I received a question via Twitter asking how to split one chapter into two within Scrivener. It’s a good question so I thought I’d share it today.

First of all, as with all major changes to your manuscript, I advise making a snapshot so you can rollback easily. It’s a small detail but it can really save you some stress if you make a mistake.

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Scrivener basically recognizes individual folders as a chapter and the sub-documents as scenes. So there can be several ways to organize a chapter. You may have one chapter’s content in a single document. You may also have several documents within your chapter-folder representing several scenes.

In the first scenario you can use this procedure to split the chapter. Click to the location in the content where you want to split the chapter so that the cursor is blinking – presumably at the beginning of a paragraph. Next, click Documents slide down the menu to Split and choose “at Selection” off the fly-out menu. This will give you a new document with the content split.

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At this point, if you want the new document to be a folder that’s easily done. Just click Documents again, slide to Convert and choose Convert to Folder from the fly-out menu. The folder will be at the same level as the original document so make sure to move it to the left in the Binder (right-click on the folder, got to Move on the context-menu and choose Left).

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In the second scenario where you have several scenes, you basically want to re-arrange your manuscript some. Create a new folder at the same level in the Binder as your other chapter folders and name it accordingly. Then just drag individual scene-documents into the new folder. If you need to split a scene-document use the same procedure as the first scenario to do so. However, don’t convert this split scene into a new folder, just drag it into the new chapter-folder you’ve created.

If you make a mistake – and assuming you’ve made your snapshot – just rollback to the original and start over. Remember, the Binder is your basic organizational tool in Scrivener and it’s what makes this software so incredible – you can make structural changes like these very easily.

CouldBook Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - Copy the Split command be the answer to a major change in your manuscript? What tips do you have to re-structure in Scrivener? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Blog Tour: Harmony Kent & Finding Katie

Today, I’m hosting Harmony Kent on her blog tour for her latest book, Finding Katie. Please join me in welcoming Harmony on Archer’s Aim. Take it away, Harmony!

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I would like to thank my host for today for letting me invade their space. And a big thanks also to 4Wills Publishing for setting up this blog tour for me. For my previous tour stops, please check out the 4Wills current events page.

Kindle Cover Finding KatieI am so excited to be able to share my book trailer video with you today for my latest book, Finding Katie.

https://youtu.be/gMgSD_R1Ggo

Kate takes the first opportunity she can to hurt herself, so she doesn’t have to feel the other pain. The real pain. But the nurses have different ideas, and won’t leave her be. They steal what little bit of calm she had managed to scrape out. Were things always this bad? She coped before, didn’t she? What will happen to her?

Excerpt from Chapter Four:          

Bliss.

Beautiful pain.

The only way I know to stop the nutcase who lives in my head from ranting at me every single minute of every single freakin’ day.

Calm.

Peace.

Until …

Melanie runs into the room. A look of horror on her face. Sandra is close behind. After her is Suzy, who is white as chalk. I get in one last slice before Melanie presses her fingers on either side of my wrist and I drop the scissors. What’d she just do? I had, like, no control. That is one cool move. I so have to learn how to do that.

For the briefest of moments the room is a frozen tableau of shock and horror. Then everyone starts running everywhere and calling for more staff. Sandra pulls the emergency call button. Melanie clamps her hand down over my arm. She’s covered in my blood.

‘Chillax, dude. It’s not so bad,’ I mumble, and lay back into my pillows. I close my eyes in an effort to get back some of that calm.

‘Oh no you don’t, missy.’ Sandra’s harsh tones pull me back out of it. Bitch. ‘Open those eyes, now. Right now.’ Her stubby fingers pull open one lid then the other, and she isn’t too gentle about it either.

The room fills with people. Way too many bodies.

Book Blurb:

I killed someone, you see. I killed the girl, who used to be me.

I’m Kate … Kate Charlesworth. I’m seventeen, and self-harming. This time I cut too deep, and I’m in hospital. I hadn’t meant for it to be so bad—it just sort of happened. I needed a lot of distraction that day.

You’ve had bad days, right? Days it hurts too much to think. Days you just wanna stay in bed. Days when the world needs to go away for a while. Right?

What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom? When there’s nowhere left to turn?

This one little mistake lands me back on a psych unit—the last place I wanna be. Only this time, the nurse I end up with isn’t content to stick on a band-aid and send me home. She wants me to face my demons. But to do that, I’ll have to face who I am … who I used to be … I’ll have to find Katie.

PREORDER HERE

Author Bio:

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours. She is single and not admitting to her age.

march14 altHere are ten things she thinks you ought to know about her …

  1. Born in 2013 (at least the author was …)
  2. Really boring
  3. Has absolutely no sense of humour
  4. Biographer is a compulsive liar
  5. Reads … a lot
  6. Writes … even more
  7. Completely sane(in)
  8. Neighbours are nuts
  9. If you’re feeling extra brave she’s around
  10. Online …

Website: www.harmonykent.co.uk

Twitter: @harmony_kent 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK

Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Amazon UK Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

4Wills Publishing Author Page: http://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-harmony-kent/

Other books by Harmony:

Other Books by Harmony

Fiction:

The Battle for Brisingamen

The Glade

Elemental Earth

 

Anthologies:

Concordant Vibrancy

Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul

 

Non-Fiction:

Polish Your Prose

This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Thanks to Harmony for sharing about her latest book. Please take time to look at Finding Katie via the links provided.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Using A Promotional Strategy For Pinterest

Pinterest ScrenshotYesterday I read a post by Angela Ackerman entitled, 3 Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book. In it she discussed strategies to better use Pinterest that got me thinking. I thought I’d share some of my response today.

PHS PinterestI already use Pinterest some with a few pins of my work. I’ve planned to add more and especially encourage fan art to share there later. But I really didn’t think that I had enough material to really share enough pins at the moment. However, what I’ve read from Angela opened my eyes.

Angela’s post suggests adding visual content with quotes from your work. I envisioned this material being taken from clipped parts of a cover or related pictures from the my self-made trailer from last year. It should be rather easy to add quotes to pin. So here’s my plan of action:

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1. Using Angela Ackerman’s post as a template, immediately create visual content with quotes from my book, The Black Bag. By pinning these, I have more content on Pinterest.

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2. Next, I’ll link these back to other social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Google+. From there I’ll monitor to see what the impact is.

Businessman Speaking Through Megaphone3. As I monitor the impact of the initial effort, I’ll also prepare similar pins to share on Pinterest for What Is Needed which is a short prequel to The Bow of Destiny which I announced I’ll release during the early summer. Again, I’ll monitor the response but hopefully it will draw attention to my next release, The Bow of Destiny, in the fall.

4. During the summer, I’ll increase my Pinterest activity with The Black Bag and What Is Needed but also prepare pins for The Bow of Destiny to make available increasingly as the launch date approaches and afterward.

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5. I know several of my potential beta readers are on Pinterest so I can also ask them to re-pin my content on their boards as well as getting placed on that of the Rave Rreviews Book Club Pinterest board where I’m a VIP member. I think visual pre-advertising is important to the launch itself and this is one way of increasing my visual reach.

By the way, I’ve touted several of Angela’s books previously so definitely click the link to her author page on Amazon to see all she has to offer. She’s written some very helpful books for writers.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyWhat are your thoughts about using Pinterest to increase the visibility of your content? How much do you use Pinterest already? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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