I’m currently doing the final read through of my contemporary fantasy novel, Unholy Triptych, and it’s been difficult for a number of reasons: Firstly I have three main characters; secondly each has their own story arcs that only merges near the end of the book; thirdly they have alternately chapters: and lastly I’m using their ‘voice’ to differentiate them instead of relying on, say, describing them every time I start their chapter, or using their name in the opening paragraph.
Scrivener to the rescue…
I’ve just discovered that I can compile the document and include (or exclude) certain labels. As luck would have it, each character has their own label, so I can isolate their story arc, compile it to Word, and read it as one story. Woohoo!
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