Add Parts to a Novel

Hi! I began writing my novel with the basic fiction novel template, but have decided I want to split the novel into three parts, and I’m wondering how to go about that?


Simplest way, most probably, would be to use folders to separate the text: one for each part, with sub-folders and text files for chapters inside each part.

I tried that, but the problem I’m having is in compiling. When I do that, it counts each of the “Part” folders as chapters and labels them as such. So I have a page that says “Chapter One” and then the next page says “Chapter Two” and has the first chapter text. Any idea how to get it to compile with pages that say “Part One” “Part Two” etc., without having to copy and paste the entire document over into a new template?

When you compile, you can specify exactly which parts are included, and for each level in the Binder if you want the Title or Text or both. And if you click on a level you can specify the text.

It takes some experimenting, but most of it is self explanatory once you start testing it. When you start compiling it is set in a standard way, showing Summary at the top of the dialogue box. Click on the other (Advanced or something like that?). Then you can specify everything in detail.

You might get a decent head start by selecting one of the compile format presets that state “(with parts)” in their names—you may find more options if you go into the “Manage” option at the bottom of that menu. Assuming you have a fairly straightforward hierarchy of folders for parts, folders for chapters and files for sections, that should do nicely. Feel free to tweak it from there, and take note of how all of this fits together in the Formatting pane—what changes and what doesn’t. This is all quite flexible, and designed to allow you to adapt compile settings to how you write, rather than the other way around.

From the Binder, I put the Parts (folders) on the top level, indent the Chapters (folders again) to the next level, and then have the body text in files below the Chapters.

When Compiling, I apply appropriate Formatting rules to each level to get the required output: Parts get titles only, without the chapter prefix; Chapters get titles with the chapter prefix. The tips in the posts above should cover things for you.

[attachment=1]Parts and Chapters.png[/attachment]

[attachment=0]Formatting Rules.png[/attachment]

Thanks guys! I got it figured out! :smiley:


Happy writing.

Tried to do this myself. Added Part Folders then drag-and-dropped the chapters (with their contents) into them. Binder content looks like you screen shot :slight_smile: but when I try to File > Compile both Part and Chapter folders highlight as Level 1 not as Level 1 and Level 2 respectively. Tried closing the Project and re-opening it but that doesn’t help.

I can’t find anything relevant in the User Guide either.

The last resort would be to create a new Project using the Novel (with Parts) template but I’d rather not have to drag-and-drop the hundreds of documents over especially all for the sake of five Part folders.


Have you tried changing the Format As options?

If you choose Novel (with Parts), does the Section Type selection change to fit your needs?

[attachment=0]Novel With Parts.png[/attachment]

Alternatively, if you only see one level for your chosen Format As type…

[attachment=1]1 level.png[/attachment]

…you can add a second level by clicking the add button, as indicated below. This should give you the level differentiation that you need.


Thanks, that’s what I was missing: the ± symbol.

Now my next problem is to get the Part and Chapter numbering working properly when I File > Compile to ePub. And I have very specific requirements for ePub formatting so I use my own previously saved personal settings. (Although when I used the default settings the first chapter didn’t show in the TOC!)

Part: Seasons Chapter: Autumn Chapter: Spring Chapter: Summer Part: Months Chapter: September Chapter: October Part: Decades

Gives me a TOC of

1 Part: Seasons 1 Chapter: Autumn 2 Chapter: Spring 3 Chapter: Summer 2 Part: Months 4 Chapter: September 5 Chapter: October 3 Part: Decades

I’m trying to use two different counters so Parts have <$n:part> and Chapters have <$n:chapter> in the appropriate Prefix boxes of “Section Layout”.

That might be down to section break settings. If the first part and the first chapter are in adjacent folders, the TOC will need to have a section break as a separator in order to identify the sections as discrete units.

[attachment=1]section breaks.png[/attachment]

The Novel (with Parts) template gives these placeholder tags for the discrete levels:
LEVEL 1 Part <$t:part>
LEVEL 2 Chapter <$t:chapter>

This generates an ePub TOC as…


Does this do what you want?

Nope. I already have that as the setting.

Sorry. Out of ideas. You need Ioa, Keith, et al. Hope someone can help.

You got me two thirds of the way for which I’m very grateful.

Happy to help. Shame about that last third. :cry:

What sort of numbering are you looking for? From what I see of your example in this post, the separate numbering streams appear to be working properly. The chapters are counting up to five independently from the parts, which are numbered 1 thru 3. You say you have very specific requirements, but I don’t see them anywhere—it might be a coffee deficit problem on my part. :slight_smile:

For the given example

Part: Seasons Chapter: Autumn Chapter: Spring Chapter: Summer Part: Months Chapter: September Chapter: October Part: Decades

I expect this

1 Part: Seasons 1 Chapter: Autumn 2 Chapter: Spring 3 Chapter: Summer 2 Part: Months 1 Chapter: September 2 Chapter: October 3 Part: Decades

That is chapter numbering is restarted within each part. It isn’t what I’m getting.

Ah, you’re looking for the stream reset code then. It looks like the documentation has not been updated to reflect the possibility of this, but it uses the same syntax as resetting a specific counter, like <$rst_n> would reset the <$n> counter wherever the code appears. Just drop in the stream name after the underscore (instead of using a number type symbol), to reset a stream from wherever the code appears (such as in the title suffix box for your “Part” settings in the Formatting pane).



P.S. Nevermind, it is documented, I was just looking in the main $rst block. It’s in a separate section below: “You can restart one of the tagged auto-numbering streams by using the <$rst_KEYWORD> tag anywhere before an occurrence of one of the tags. For instance, <$rst_imageNumber> would restart tags such as <$n:imageNumber> or <$n:imageNumber:myImage>.”