To take notes in Scrivener, click on the icon that looks like a little notebook in the Inspector.
While “notes” is actually pretty self-explanatory, there are a few sneaky little things to pay attention to here.
The top half of your notes is dedicated to a synopsis of whatever section of your story you happen to be working on. You will notice that the chapter names match:
The synopsis comes in handy when you’re working in the cork board or outline view (more to come on those), but for now it’s worth noting that you can autofill that synopsis space. Go to Documents -> Auto-Fill -> Set Synopsis From Main Text. This will pull the first words of the section or chapter to fill the synopsis. As a side note, you can do this for every chapter all at once by selecting all of your chapters in the Binder first (in Mac, use command click).
Alternately, you can highlight text from anywhere in the chapter and choose Documents -> Auto-Fill -> Set Synopsis from Selection like I did here.
Or, you know, you could actually write a synopsis of what happens in that scene. If you’re into that kind of thing.
If you’re more of a visual person, you can click here:
and then just drag and drop an image. Or do both and toggle back and forth from written synopsis to image by clicking that same icon.
The space labeled Notes is just that – a place to jot ideas as you need to.
It is worth noting that I am working in version 3.0 here. Version 2.0 had a version of notes that I found very confusing. There were global notes in the same space as document notes… I wasn’t sorry to see it go. THAT SAID, if you are still working in 2.0 check out this post from the ScrivenerVirgin on how the different notes work in the that version of the software.