I am about to do my first edit of my first manuscript, using Scrivener for the (yes, you guessed it), first time.
From looking through the tutorial again and from a brief Google search, I think the broad approach should be as follows:
- Use the snapshot tool to "save" the current/first draft
- Then edit the text, possibly using revision mode so changes appear in a different colour, though this may not be necessary (see below re compare)
- Use the compare tool to look at differences between original draft and first edit (moving the snapshot onto the main editor for side by side comparison if easier)
- Use Scriveners mode to put parts of the document together to look at/edit together (i.e. if I wanted to take a character PoV or a subplot and edit that in one take)
- Create a deleted scenes folder in which to save chapters/scenes etc which I cut out - in case I decide to put them back in or need reference to it
For those in the know, does that sound like a sensible approach or not? Anything else I am missing?
I am tempted to ask whether I can just save the whole file into a new Project on Scrivener and keep one as the first draft and the new one as the second edit, but I can't see that being possible from what I've read so far and maybe defeats the purpose of using it over Word in the first place?
I have the first draft exported and saved as a pdf and also printed out in hard copy.
If relevant I am using Scrivener on Mac and think I have the latest 3.0 version.
Many thanks in advance for any insight and wisdom,