Scrivener is everything I need for writing books! Congratulations and thanks for this smart piece of Software
Ok: nearly everything! There is just one thing I miss: I cannot manage chapters. Chapters, in multiple levels, are one of the most basic structure concepts of books and other texts. I expected that the tree structure of the binder implements chapters (at least optionally at export), but it doesn’t. In my eyes this is a very critical feature lack. I wonder how other users work around this… or is it just my blindness that didn’t let me find the chapterize button?
Scrivener let’s you organise things how you want, and to set up Compile Draft how you want… You can certainly do chapters! Generally you would have a folder for each chapter with different text files inside each containing the different scenes. (Although some users prefer each chapter in a single text file - it’s up to you.) You might want to take a look at the novel project template (File > New Project, choose the “Novel (Standard Manuscript Format)” template from the list - if you don’t get a list, then you need to install the extras - see literatureandlatte.com/videos.html and check out the installation tutorial ). That is based on the idea of having folders represent chapters inside the Draft folder, with individual scenes as text documents.
If you haven’t already been through the interactive tutorial (available from the Help menu), I thoroughly recommend doing so, as it will make things clearer too.
But in short, you can definitely do what you want - it’s one of the main reasons I designed Scrivener, I just think the flexibility and the fact that it leaves it up to the user to decide the exact structure is what is throwing you at the moment, but once it clicks I hope it will make sense.
All the best,
thanks for your reply!
Yes, I went through the tutorial first. I also searched the forum. And I also see that I can use folders for chapters. But only on one level! I cannot associate different levels with different styles on exporting my project, do I?
PS: the link in your post does not work for me!?!
No, you can’t have different styles for different levels in Compile (not yet, anyway - that’s coming with 2.0), but you can have as many levels in the binder as you want.
All the best,