If you’re like me, there are details that figure prominently in your story. They’re mentioned in two or three scenes, their location and meaning important. And we need to be consistent with information about them—for example (and I’ve done this) mentioning the color of a character’s hair in one scene, and then changing the color a few scenes later.
In Scrivener, there’s an easy way to check details by editing two scenes at once.
Here’s an example from the book I’m revising before it goes to my editor:
- In one scene, I mention that the victim’s bag lay on a table.
- Two scenes later, I want to add more information about the bag because another character moved it. Only problem, I couldn’t quite remember where the bag was first discovered because I’d changed its location several times. In the current version, was it found on the floor, the table, or a chair?
- Back in the day, I’d have to flip pages in the manuscript or do a global search for “bag” or “purse” and read each instance. Boring. Time consuming.
By using the Split Scene Function in Scrivener, I can edit two scenes at once:
To edit more than one scene at once:
- Place your cursor anywhere in the scene you’re editing.
- Click on the Toggle Split icon in the right-hand corner of the scene’s Title Bar. (It’s that square to the right of the up and down arrows.)
- Two instances of the scene appear.
- Now place your cursor anywhere in the new instance of the scene—it appears below the first instance—and navigate to the second scene you want to edit and click on its title the binder.
To resume editing only one scene, place your cursor anywhere in that scene and click the Toggle Split icon again.
Photo: Lewis Hine, Girl working in mill. Public Domain.