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Scrivener Simplified - How to Setup the Research for Your Book with the Research Folder in Scrivener

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

    • 2. Your Class Project for the Course

    • 3. An Overview of the Research Folder

    • 4. Adding Images to Your Research Folder

    • 5. Adding Subfolders, Files and Icons to Your Research Folder

    • 6. Adding a Website to Your Research Folder

    • 7. Setting Up Your Copywriting Folder

    • 8. Using Split Screen when Creating Characters and Settings

    • 9. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up

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How to Setup the Research for Your Book within the Research Folder in Scrivener is actually the second lesson in the Scrivener Simplified series on Skillshare (see a full list of the classes below), which is aimed at Self-published Authors, Content Creators & Other Writers, who are looking to increase their writing productivity by using Scrivener effectively.

In this particular class, you will learn:

  • All About the Research Folder in Scrivener
  • How to Add Images to Your Research Folder 
  • How to Add Subfolders, Files and Icons to Your Research Folder 
  • How to Add a Website to Your Research Folder 
  • About the Setting Up of a Copywriting Folder 
  • How to Use the Split Screen when Creating Characters and Settings

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Scrivener Simplified Series

1). Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File

2). How to Setup the Research for Your Book with the Research Folder in Scrivener

3). How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener

4). How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

5). How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener

6). How to Save Time and Money Formatting Your eBook Using the Compile Feature within Scrivener

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher


A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James Alert, and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which shows you how to set up the research for your book within the research folder in Scripture. The class is actually the second part of the Scriven, a simplified Siri's, which is aimed at self published authors, content creators and other writers. We're looking to increase their writing productivity are using Scriven effectively in this particular class. You will learn all about the research soldering scribble out, Add images to your research folder, how to add sub folders, files and icons. Fuel Research folder. How to add a website to your research folder, all about the setting up of a copy writing folder and how to use the split screen wing creating characters and settings to go ahead and enroll in my clubs. And I look forward to seeing you on the inside 2. Your Class Project for the Course: Hello. In this short video, I'm going to talk about your class project for this curse. Quite simply, Once you've completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to create a resource is folder within the research folder of scrutiny and then at a website. For your research purposes, you should then take a screenshot of the website within your resource is folder and post it to the project Gallery. So good luck with your project and I look forward to seeing your successfully imported website in the project gallery soon. 3. An Overview of the Research Folder: hello. In this video, I'm going to look at how you can easily set up the research for your book using the research folder within Scriven er So here we are in Scrivener and we're looking at my time school, Siri's Scriven, a file where I am writing the 1st 3 books in the time school, Siri's And as you can see at the top of the binder, I have the books Manu scripts with each chapter and seen. Then I have the books Front Matter Folder, where I put the title pages prefaces on various calls to action for each book. And finally, here I have the research folder where I can neatly organize a with the information, notes, websites, images and even videos that I have gathered together while researching my book. If I open the research folder, you will see that it houses a number of other folders within which I store all the research for the Siri's. So, for example, I have created a folder called Story for each of the books. This particular one is for Time School one, where I've written on elevator Pitch, which is basically a short paragraph that sells your book a simple synopsis, which are a few paragraphs that summarize the story and the timeline for the book, which is a great way for mapping out your story scene by scene while ensuring consistency of the order of events. 4. Adding Images to Your Research Folder: And if I click on the timeline file, you can see that I originally created the timeline in Excel, saved it as an image and then imported the image into the file. I'll show you how easy that is to do. First of all, I would delete this current timeline so this I'm starting from scratch, so to speak. And then I simply click on edit in the menu bar, scroll down to insert and then click on Image from File. And then I simply find the image of the timeline like so and, well, uh, now the image is a bit too small at the moment, so I can enlarge it to fit this middle pain. All I need to do is double click on the image and then increase the image size so that it fits the window nicely. Like so And there we have a great looking timeline that you can easily refer to. Obviously, this is a must in a time travel story, but I believe it is good practice toe have a timeline in ALS shown, so that is basically one of the ways that you can add an image into your research folder and you're noticed that as well as the three files elevator pitch, simple synopsis and timeline, I have also created a sub folder in this story folder for each book called Outline. 5. Adding Subfolders, Files and Icons to Your Research Folder: If we click on the outline folder for book to, you will see that this is where I have stored the detailed outline for time school, too. The Curse of Tutankhamen. I will explain how to outline your book in Scriven ER's out liner and Court Board in an upcoming video, but in the meantime you can see that it is stored within the research folder on the weight . Add to sub folder like this is the first click on the folder like so and then click down on the green. Add icon up here until you see a drop down menu appear and then click home New folder. Now, as you can see, our new folder is not a sub folder. In the moment, we actually need to drag the folder into this story folder like some. Then we can add a title to the folder by clicking on text. So let's add alternate outline as a title for this example. Then, of course, you would need to add the outline scenes within the Alternate Outline folder, and you can do this by simply clicking on the green Add symbol from within the folder itself. Like so we'll have a few scenes. Now, as you can see instead of a folder icon, I have used quite a cool book icon for my story folders and indeed, a different color book icon for each of the time school books to change the icon to something more appropriate than the plain Blue folder, All you need to do is right. Click on the folder icon and then click on Change Icon. Now you can choose from a range of different icons, as this is for an alternate outline. I will not use a book icon, so let's choose this magnifying glass icon in state. 6. Adding a Website to Your Research Folder: Okay. The next two folders that form part of the research folder are the character folder, where I placed both the recurring characters from the series and the new characters from that particular book on the Settings folder We're Again. I place recurring settings from the Siri's, as well as new settings for that particular book. Now I'm going to go into more detail about characters and settings in an upcoming video, but I thought it would be good to show you how they fit in within the main research folder . The next folder I would like to show is the online resources folder, where I basically keep all the research I found online in which I shall use in the telling of my story. So here I should put interesting websites, maps, newspaper articles and even videos from YouTube, and it really is easy to add a website to your research folder. All you need to do is to go to the website that you would like to add, copy the U R l of the website like so, and then go back into scrivener and click and hold the green add icon. But this time you should click on the import webpage and a box will appear together with the U. R L. You have just copied. You can then add a suitable title, so I shall right BBC Tuten Car Moon and then click OK and Viola, a new Web pages added to your online resources folder. 7. Setting Up Your Copywriting Folder: Okay, So the final important folder that I keep within my research folder in Scrivener is the copyrighting folder. And this is where I keep all the copy, associating with a particular book. That is to say, the title. The subtitle, A tag line for the book and a description for the book. And I think it is good practice to keep this copy in one place so that you can easily access it and use it when you're publishing or promoting your book. Okay, So that gives you an idea of how I personally use Scrivens Research folder. And I hope that maybe you'll be able to incorporate some of these ideas when you are researching your own book. Thank you for watching, and I shall speak to you soon. 8. Using Split Screen when Creating Characters and Settings: when writing fiction, I filed away the information I have gathered relevant to my story within the General Research folder in Scrivener while in the Settings folder. I shall actually file the locations for each scene in the book and in my character folder, I shall include each character that appears in the story, with a label for recurring characters in the Siri's and new characters that only appear in that particular novel. Scrivener has a great feature called split screen, which allows you to view a researched item for example, the interior of a room where your scene is taking place in one pain, and the manuscript where you are writing the scene in another pain, and you can either split the screen horizontally or vertically. This means you are able to see an image of your setting as you are actually writing the scene, which I find to be really useful when I'm describing a scene. However, it is, of course, important that you remember all of your senses when writing about a particular setting, as well as describing what your character's concern see. You should describe what they can hear, smell and even touch as well an important point to remember is that the detailed descriptions of the locations and characters that you store in Scrivener is as much for your benefit as it is for the stories. It is important that you know everything about the characters, but not necessarily that the reader needs to know the characters and locations in such depth. Use only what you need for this story from these detailed descriptions in your research folder. You may well use MAWR in later books in the Siri's. But don't be guilty of just copying or your research into your novel. Just because you have taken the time to find out about all the interesting stuff, you should only ever pick out what is important in the telling of that particular scene in your story. I also find that the split screen feature in Scrivener can also help the relationship with the characters and their settings, for example, how a character interacts within a particular scene 9. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up: I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for completing the course. I hope you got a lot out of it. And if so, please take the time to leave a positive review as it really would mean a lot to me. I also hope that you'll take the time to complete the class project and posted to the Project Gallery. Don't forget that this class is just one of a series of classes about scrivener, so please make sure you check out the remaining classes in the Siri's are really liked the community it skill share and will certainly be adding many more classes in the coming weeks and months. So it might be worth following me in order that you don't miss out when I release a brand new class. And if you have any questions about this course or any of my other courses, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Just drop me a line via the contact form on my website, how to publish an e book. I really would love to hear from you