Hello, fellow Scriveners!
After many years away from writing, I have got the itch to return to a half finished novel from many moons ago. I’d previously used the original Scrivener back in '09, so decided to invest in S3, and, having worked through the tutorial, I’ve loaded up a new project and before importing my existing chapters, I thought I’d create some character sheets, as up until now, they’ve existed as random docs, Post it notes and ‘stuff I really ought to try and remember’.
So I loaded up a Character Template.
And I didn’t like it.
Didn’t like the font, text colour, headings and so on. I’m fussy like that. Not a problem, I thought. I’ll just create a new template.
So I create a new document and ensure that left justify is selected because obviously I’m not going to centre justify or right justify. Right? Right!
Now call me crazy, but I take the view that if text is left justified, then ALL THE TEXT STARTS ON THE LEFT!!!
Scrivener’s creators clearly disagree, as the first line of any given paragraph is indented.
“But,” thinks I, “on the template, it all lined up nicely. Like it should.”
/retrieves template from the trash and inspects it
/notes the mark up all over the place
Now I get that ‘the rules’ say that a new paragraph should start with an indent. I also take the view that as a writer, I can ignore any rule I bloody well feel like. As Raymond Chandler is alleged to have said to a sub-editor… *When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split"
Now I am not about to faff about with mark up endlessly, trying to get left-justified lines to line up when, by definition, they should be doing it anyway, so I am hoping that one of you fine people will be able to point me to a setting, buried deep in the working of Scrivener, that will put me out of my misery. Hopefully, somewhere among the sub-menus, is a setting called “Make left-justify work like it ought to.”
(For anyone thinking “Why doesn’t he just cut and paste the original template and edit that?”, there’s a principle at stake here, and that principle is “Software should work for the user, the user shouldn’t have to accommodate the software.”
If I want an indent at the start of a paragraph, I have a perfectly serviceable Tab key.)
And secondly - and I hope that this is just a little joke by the developers - I note in the “Novel Format” document, it says “You do not need to—and indeed shouldn’t—title the folders “Chapter One” and so on, because chapter numbering will be taken care of automatically during the Compile process.”
Whatever you do, don’t call Chapter One 'Chapter One"?
Seriously? What. The. Actual. Flip?
I don’t believe for one second that I’m going to have to jump through hoops with stuff like “Chapter the First” when I could - and should - be able to use the most obvious name for it.
So just checking - it is a joke, right?