OK, this is what I have and what I want to do. I cannot understand why in the world I haven’t figured out how to do it yet! So I’m here at the forums, hunting, searching, on the prowl, anything to find the answer. I promise I won’t pounce.
I’m basically new to Scrivener. So I dutifully went though the tutorial and planned an easy transition. It has been anything but. I know it’s ‘me’, but I am looking for a little guidance here.
This is what I have: about half a novel worth of text (just text, single spaced) created in another program that I want to import to Scrivener so I can get ‘organised’ (as our British friends spell it) into Chapters etc. I have the file as a .doc (Word doc) or a RTF file. It’s not formatted as a ‘standard novel format’ but just single spaced text. As far as in Scriv I have a new project in the Standard Novel format. I did ‘simple duplicate’ to the Chapter and Scene to save the formatting for the chapters. BTW, what is the function of the Scene folders?..
What I want: I want to get each chapter into the proper chapter (basically just Ch 1, 2, 3, etc) which I can do with the ‘split text’ feature, BUT BUT!! and this is what I’m pulling my hair out about…>> but, when I do that and drag the split file into the Chapter folder, a new file is held in the chapter (which I understand is normal) but it doesn’t appear in the novel format. And I WOULD REALLY LIKE THIS. It’s formatted the exact way it was when I wrote it, single-spaced EYE SORES. And when I click on the ‘Chapter’ it just has that blank “wish I had some text on it look” with the Chapter <$W> thingy after it (&the subtitle beneath) Isn’t that suppose to update when I change the chapter someplace else?
I do not understand why this isn’t intuitive for me, perhaps it’s my left-handedness, or perhaps it’s that I drive on the right side of the road, but I cannot seem to get done what I want. It seems so simple, yet out of my hands to get done.
What I want is to import my text (which I already did) and divide it up into chapters, and do it the right way, and in each of the chapters, have the text in the STANDARD NOVEL FORMAT now, as I write. It’s much easier on my eyes. In another software called Storyist it’s like that, and I really really liked that, but want Scrivener’s powerful feature set so I’m trying to learn the ropes here.
Incidentally, it has occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to have the text in the standard novel format until I exported… but that seemed unreasonable if the Chapter folder was already formatted this way. I don’t know. But I do absolutely want to get this organized and hopefully, continue to write and edit in the format I choose.
Your assistance is kindly requested.