A book in progress can be an unwieldy beast, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of all the parts and the status of each part.
Scrivener’s labels can help you to get your head around your writing project.
You can colour code each chapter of your book to determine where you are with that chapter. For example, here are the colours I used for a book I’m writing:
- Blue—First draft
- Turquoise—Revised draft
- Pink—Final draft
After I work on a chapter, I assign it a label so that the next time I open Scrivener, I can tell, at a glance, which chapters need attention and what kind of attention they need.
Here’s how you can apply labels to your writing project in Scrivener:
Labels in Scrivener Quick Steps
- Adjust your settings in Scrivener. Go to View, Use Label Color In, and select Binder. This will ensure that colour is applied not just to your cue cards, but in your Binder as well.
- Click on a file in Scrivener’s Binder. That’s the file the label will be added to.
- Open the Inspector Pane by clicking on the i button in the top right.
- Click on the triangle in the General Meta-Data area.
- Click on the down arrow in the Label area.
- Add an existing label to your Scrivener file, or create a new label by clicking on Edit, Label tab, +button. To change a label’s colour, click on the coloured box next to the label and choose a new colour.
Add colour to your book’s chapters, so you can quickly tell what kind of attention those chapters need.
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