STEP 3: GENERATING THE TITLES
Okay. So you’ve established meta tags. So fucking what? As I said, we’re going to use those meta-tags to refer to image files. But what image files?
The image files we’re about to create, of course.
There are many options for this. A lot of people (Ed Ditto included—hey, Ed!) use fontmeme.com. It’s a good resource. You can find a font you like, type your title, and then save it as an image file on your desktop. Me, I use Photoshop. I’m not going to go into a graphic design tutorial here. Basically I found a font I liked and a title arrangement I wanted:
And then save that as an image file on my computer. In this case, it’s going to be “E1.”
Aha! Did you just realize where we were going with this? See how we gave our episode a custom meta-tag of “E1” and then created a picture file named “E1?” So you can probably guess what we do next. We take our image file and drag it into our Scrivener file. Anywhere is fine. I have a folder called “Images” and a sub-folder called “Episodes.”
Now, if you’re going to do “Element” pictures (probably “Character” pictures in your case) do that now. Individual character/element emblems are too widely varied for me to cover in this article. You know what you want them to look like. Make them yourself or hire someone else (COUGHCOUGHPANSY). But create ALL your image files for your episodes and elements/characters. Do that, and then get them into Scrivener.
There’s an important point here: if you’ve got multiple parts to your book, all of which have a “Chapter One,” then you can use one image file for all of them. However, your chapter TITLES will be different episode to episode. The way I got around this is that my image file for “Chapter One” is named “C1.” I use that same image for all of my “Chapter Ones.” However, my titles are labeled “1-1,” “1-2,” etc. That’s shorthand for “Episode One, Chapter One,” “Episode One, Chapter Two,” etc. When I get to Episode Two, they’ll start over at “2-1.”
This is how mine are arranged in Scrivener:
It doesn’t matter if they’re in folders or not. They just have to be in the Scrivener project.
So we’re cool, right? Right!
Wrong. You still don’t have a book yet, numbskull!