Sometimes I begin writing one scene, shift thoughts slightly, create another scene and write some more. Then I think of something else and create a third. Now I have three separate scenes. At the end of writing and editing, when I create chapters, I will probably want to merge these scenes. Or I create a scene and just keep writing before realizing I have two distinct scenes in one and I need to split them.
To Merge two or more scenes:
- Select the scenes you want to merge by using Shift+Click for contiguous scenes or Command (Ctrl in Windows)+Click for non-contiguous scenes.
- In the Menu, choose Documents>Merge.
- Scrivener merges all of the scenes, starting with the first one in order from top to bottom.
- There’s even a keyboard shortcut for merging. After you’ve selected the scenes you want to merge, hold down the Shift+Command (Ctrl in Windows)+M.
To Split a scene into two scenes:
- Place your cursor in the text where you want the split to occur.
- Right-Click and choose Split at Selection from the context menu.
- Scrivener creates two separate scenes, adding a “-1” to the first scene and “-2” to the second. You’ll probably want to rename the scenes.
Photo: Newsies at Skeeters Branch. Lewis Wickes Hines, Public Domain.