I was notified by a faithful reader and friend that I’m due for a Scrivener tutorial, and the topic to be addressed is how to create a table.

This all came about in a discussion about importing new templates into Scrivener. Denise, the above mentioned friend and reader, kept piping about how fast and easy it is to create tables in Scrivener. And she’s right; the one I created took me less than one minute.

For the purpose of this tutorial I’ll focus on the tables that many writers create modeled after the one in Debra Dixon’s book, Goal, Motivation, Conflict:  Go to Format=>Table=>Table. A window will appear where you can set how many rows, columns that you’ll need for this specific table.

The table that appears has a default of three columns and two rows with a black border, but this can be adjusted.

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For my Goal, Motivation, and Conflict table that is geared for my characters’ overall story, I’ve created one with four columns and six rows:

Creating a Table

As you can see my table’s borders are a light gray the one above is black, which is the default. If I want to change the color of the border or the line density, I can change it by highlighting the table and go to the Cell Border option found in the pop-up window. If I want to change the color in the cell background, highlight the cells and select in Cell Background “color fill,” click on the pane with the color (it’s white)  and the color menu will pop-up. To center and bold, just use the regular formatting options in the toolbar.

Now the question is why do you want to create a table if you’re writing a novel?  That’s for another post on the many organizational tools you can use in managing your characters, plot and subplots, and individual scenes.