Hi there, and welcome to my first post.
I try and re-try and re-try Scrivener again and again, go off it as soon as I have tried to compile, copy+pasted every little bit into some other novel writing software and then return to Scrivener for the next bash, hoping things work out finally … and again the compiling throws me out.
Here’s the story, I hope someone can shed some light on this.
I use the template “novel with parts”, which is generally the kind of stuff I write. I write in German, so I re-name the folders in the binder, then happily outlining away, then even more happily writing some scenes, creating the title pages, bashing away … and the do a test-compile to .rtf format, and it goes so pear shaped that I go off Scrivener completely for weeks on end!
It does not look ANYTHING like it should according to the sample manuscript! The title page for example say CHAPTER ONE, under which it says title page, under which name and address and word count come in that hideous table format as is on the editor, THEN the name of the novel and author.
So then we have a page break, and then it says CHAPTER TWO, after which my prologue kicks in. At the end of the prologue there is another page break (fine), after which it then says CHAPTER THREE, and then as I put in “Teil 1” (which is “Part 1”), the page break as I put it in at that point, and then CHAPTER FOUR, after which my own “Kapitel 1” (as in “Chapter 1”) begins.
So basically before EVERY SINGLE page break Scrivener happily puts in a new Chapter start which I do not want to be there! Which I did not put there and have no idea how to get rid off!
Having to go through an entire novel when finished writing and compiling it to remove these annoying “CHAPTER WHATEVERNUMBERS” sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
I was so annoyed earlier, after writing three scenes, compiling and noticing the same old problem, that I kind of kicked the entire outline in the bucket without having saved it first (luckily I do have the scenes I wrote, as I had - irony! - just compiled them).
Is this a known bug? Is there any way to work around this? Where can I remove these CHAPTERTHINGIES for good, not only do I not need them, but they actually turn up where they should not (I mean c’mon, BEFORE even the title page???)
I generally like the way Scrivener works, what with corkboard outliner and well defined organizing your work, which is so useful when writing something which consists of more than 10 pages. But these compile problems sort of take the fun out of it for me …
Hope anyone was able to read through my ramblings and might be able to advise … else it is away from Scrivener yet again …