1. This is why I suggested that notecards could be divided into two sections: the top for the title and synopsis and the bottom for the text.
KB wrote:That would be impractical. You'd be able to fit about two words of the text on the card, and it would really mix metaphors. Index cards in the real world have a title and a text area (the synopsis in Scrivener).
The notecard metaphor was exactly what confused me initially, because Scrivener follows the metaphor but it doesn't really follow it one crucial respect--notecards have two sides. You are right, on a real notecard you would only be able to write a title and synopsis and maybe attach it to a document that contains the text document, but the notecard is only linked to that document, they are not the same. In a computer program however, that metaphor can be expanded in ways that go beyond the actual thing itself. Also, on a notecard, text can be written on both sides. So another possible way to implement what I've suggested could be to have the notecard have two sides: the front of the notecard would function as it currently does (title & synopsis), and the back of the notecard could represent the text document (maybe the user could click an icon on the notecard to turn it around to enter text into the underlying document that the notecard represents). BTW, my original suggestion (to be able to do it directly from the notecard itself by dividing the notecard) is the way most other notecard programs I've seen do it (e.g., SuperNotecard).
In any case Keith, we can both come up with reasons for and against this. The critical distinction is that your reasons against it are the ones that matter. As I said before, I accept that and will not bring this up again moving forward. Please disregard my other suggestion above (two sided notecards) since I already know that you think this does not make sense. Thanks for the replies clarifying this but now I just want to find a solution to my problem.
This is something that I've tried and seems to work.
1. I pasted the 60 page document into Scrivener and selected it in the Binder.
2. I locked the editor in place so that the document can always stay in the editor.
3. I created the structure of folders and sub-folders in the Binder.
4. I selected each area in the document and dragged the items into the Binder folders/sub-folders (turning each individual idea into its own document).
5. Moved these individual documents around as needed.
Looking back, a huge part of the problem is that I like to just sit and write everything that comes to mind for a particular project first (stream of consciousness) and organize the resulting mess afterwards. I think that in the future this process might be easier if I did all of this from Scrivener itself from the beginning, but I really don't want to stop my thinking at this stage by stopping and thinking about organization. I really don't know what the organization is going to be until I write all of my notes and go through them.
I'll try some of the solutions suggested here and get back to let you know how it goes.
Also, how can you re-arrange the order of folders directly from the Binder? For example, if I want to place Folder X below Folder B by dragging it down the folder tries to become a sub-folder and does not go below it (this only works if you drag folders up, not down). You can drag folders up and down in the outliner without making sub-folders.