A Quick Scrivener Tip: Diverging Paths

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Two icons diverged in the woods…

So I was writing today on my WIP. Character A needed to know some information about natural birth control. (Long story) When I had planned this out, I thought Character B should impart this information and created a scene in which he could specifically do that.

As I wrote the scene it felt stilted. If felt out of character for both Character B and for the world in general.

So I came up with a different way for Character A to get the information on her own. But I still wasn’t sure. Maybe I should just leave it that way it was and fix it in editing, if it still felt stilted.

So here’s what I did instead.

I changed the scene icon to a test tube. I created a new scene with approach 2 and changed it’s scene icon to a test tube as well. I wrote the new scene with the new approach. Now I have this:

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Two scenes clearly labeled experimental, so that when I go back to edit I have a quick reminder. That way I keep both scenes and can ponder them later.

To change an icon in Scrivener simply right click on that file in the binder and select “change Icon.”

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There are a number of icons to choose from and you can customize the icons as well. I wrote about that here.

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