I’m in the process of reworking my novel and one of the key changes I’ve made is a switch to multiple points of view. Originally the story was told in the first-person with only one point of view. Now, I’ve switched it to the third person with at least four viewpoints. The switching back and forth can get confusing and the best way to keep track of these is to color code the text or chapter icons in the binder.
But before we get into the process of changing colors and making the binder look like a rainbow, let’s get into the variety of icons you see in the binder for this specific project: Julius Rewrite. As you can see, I’ve already customized this a bit, but I’ll take you through the process. In the binder I have the following:
- A manuscript icon that includes several folders with files in them.
- A research icon with more folders
- Trash can
You’ll notice that the chapter folders are tinted orange, which is the color I use for chapters, and the files in each folder are also tinted, which signifies whose point of view I’m writing. For Chapter 1, I’ve written the same chapter but in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person. The tinted turquoise file appears to be the one I am favoring. But what about the others–do I trash them or do I tuck them away in another folder?
Considering how many changes I’ve made and how often I go back and forth. It’s probably a good idea to keep them in a new folder and call that “Unused Scenes.” To create a new folder, click the blank area below trash can which will deselect any highlighted folders. At the bottom of the binder click the icon that looks like a folder with the + sign. Drag the new folder into the research area, above Major Characters, and label it as “Unused Scenes.” So now it looks like this:
Let’s say you want to change this blue folder into a different icon:
- Right click on the folder and select Change Icon (or go to the bottom of the binder and click on the gear icon).
- From the menu of icons offered select whichever one catches your eye. I chose the clapper icon. This is how it now looks:
To tint the icons, you need to fiddle around with the meta-data settings. But before you do that, go to View, select Use Label Color and choose Icon. Then proceed to the next steps: Right click on the folder’s label you want to tint. From the list select Label and choose the appropriate one.
If you don’t have any labels, you can go to Edit and set them up. Once you hit edit, the meta-data settings window will open (click on the image to see a larger version). To make a label, click on the + icon at the bottom on the Meta-Data Settings page. A colored box will appear and next to it an empty field to type in the label name. To change the color of the box, double click on that and the box of crayons will open up to select a new color. Close the box of crayons and the Meta-Data Settings.
To tint the icons, right click the folder you want to tint. From the list choose Label and you’ll see all your new labels. For this example, I am tinting Chapter 4 Orange and the file a reddish brown which is the appointed color for Douglas’s POV. And now my binder looks like this:
Give it a go and if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will reply. Next week, we’ll cover in more detail Meta-Data.