Scrivener Saturday: The Corkboard

by RS on November 6, 2010

The day has come that we all learn about the corkboard. Once again, let me remind you that I’m currently working on a beta version and it’s still a little buggy, but I’ll show you the very essentials and what I’ve done with the corkboard for The Wilde Solution.

This how my workspace looks with The Wilde Solution. You’ll notice in the binder that I have chapter files in the draft section, my character and location templates in research as well as some web pages I’ve imported. Since I have the first chapter highlighted this is what you see when I have the corkboard icon selected. Where are the index cards? Because I write whole chapters and not individual scenes, there are no cards, but we’ll get to those shortly.

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When I hit the Inspector (blue circle with the letter “I”) I open up a section that shows a synopsis,general and document notes.

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Click on Synopsis and what you’ll discover is an index card. Like so:

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The index card is typically blank, but if you want to want to write a summary of the chapter, double click on it and type in your chapter summary, or if you want the first sentence of the chapter click on the small box on the extreme right and it will automatically type in the first sentence.

Next, hit the the “General” tab and you see that you have the option to label the draft, give it a status, plus know when it was created and/or modified.As well as three options: Included in draft, page before, and compile as-is (we’ll get to those another time.)

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For the labels you have choices and since these are chapters I labeled them as such and color coded it the chapter with a pink tack, it’s status is first draft, and again there are choices, like revision, final, complete or you can edit it choose something else.

I deselected the Inspector, clicked on chapters in my binder and you can see on the cork board all the chapters pinned to the board.

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The beauty of the corkboard is that I can reorder the chapters and move them around. When you reorder them, they’re also changed in the binder. This is ideal if you write actually break down the chapters into scenes and decide that one scene works best in another chapter.

Cards can be changed in the way they look, size, font, and how far spaced they are. To do this, click on the box box in the extreme right (it has four tiny squares) and you’ll see a pop up box with Corkboard Tools:

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You can make your adjustment here or you can go to to edit>>>options>>>corkboard and fiddle around the appearance, type face and so forth.

That’s it for today. Next week, we’ll get into the outliner mode. Off to do some writing!

1 comments
Elizabeth Westmark (Beth)
Elizabeth Westmark (Beth)

I am brand-new to Scrivener and am currently using the Beta version for Windows. (Actually, "using" is a bit of a stretch -- learning is more accurate.) I hope to use it for my own novel as well as my husband's.

Do you know if it is possible to print the index cards on the corkboard? Or even to print the index cards individually?

Thanks! I am grateful to have stumbled onto your site!

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