Monthly Archives: July 2015


Scrivener – Meta-Data

So, I’ve been using Scrivener for over a year now. I thought I was pretty swish. When I first got it, I went through the tutorial. It covers so much stuff, but I got the basics down, and forged ahead, really happy with how it worked.

But occasionally I’ll see something online, or think “I wish I could…” and then read the manual and discover I can, and I find ways that make using Scrivener even better.

I recently had one of those OMG moments with Meta-Data.



Scrivener comes with some built-in meta-data that you can use to help categorize your documents, “Labels” and “Status.”

But the best thing is, the meta-data is fully customisable.

Project -> Meta-Data Settings

Scrivener Meta-Data Settings

You can give both Labels and Status a Custom Title (like I have — POV Character) which will show up throughout Scrivener. And you can add, remove, and edit the options. I have two POV characters, so I have two options.


Need More Meta-Data?

If two pieces of meta-data aren’t enough, you can add more on the Custom Meta-Data tab.

Scrivener Meta-Data Settings - Custom

I like to track the date of my scenes, so I can check whether a reference to “yesterday” or “three weeks ago” is correct. So I’ve added a Custom Meta-Data called “Scene Date.”

Any Custom Meta-Data you add will be available to add to the columns shown in the Outliner.

View -> Outliner Columns -> Scene Date



As you can see about the Labels can be colour-coded. For my POV Characters, Ally is blue and Forester is green. This is a great visual reference in the Outliner or Corkboard. But you can also use the colour in the Binder.

View -> Use Label Color In -> Binder

If, like me, you changed the name of “Label”, that will show in the menu instead. Like so:

View -> Use POV Character Color In -> Binder

Now, each scene in the Binder is coloured according to the POV character.