This really hit home with me as one character in my current work in progress is from another country, and I already have an editorial note to go back and make sure he sounds like a foreigner (and not like me). It occurred to me I could easily do this in my Scrivener project using Keywords and Collections.
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For those who don’t know, Scrivener is an outstanding writing tool which lets you organize your writing projects in so many ways.
I will use Scrivener Collections to organize my Dialogue collection for my character. Here are the steps:
- Create a Keyword representing where your character has speaking parts: char1_dialogue
- Add this keyword to every scene where he speaks.
- Use Scrivener’s Search in Project feature. Change the settings to search in Keywords and enter the keyword (char1_dialogue) in the search field.
- Click on the settings again and select Save to Collection.
Saving the results to a Collection means that as you add more scenes with this keyword, they will automatically appear in the collection and you won’t have to research. Now I can keep writing and easily check to make sure I’m being consistent with his dialogue.