I’m entering a novel from handwritten notebooks. It’s generally useful to use “Fix Capitalisation of Sentences,” except when I’m typing dialogue. Whenever I type a question, which of course ends with a Question Mark and Quotes, Scrivener wants to start a new paragraph. But about half the time, it’s followed by "asked [Character Name]. And of course “asked” becomes “Asked.” And when I correct it to non-capitalised, it wants to change it back. (I do realize one way of finessing the issue is to always use the Character name first; i.e.: “Question?” [Character Name] asked. )
Question: is there any way to have the best of both worlds here? Can you instruct Scrivener to leave certain words uncapitalised in those cases?
In other words, “Can Scrivener understand the words after the question mark are not a new sentence?” he asked.
I have nothing to add except I, too, lament the auto capitalization around dialogue. I have no idea how Scrivener could possibly implement a fix though considering:
“Go away!” she cried.
“Go away!” She cried.
are both technically valid depending on the author’s intent.
What you can do, however, is a sweeping Project Replace. Ignore the capitalized Asked and replace them all with lower case when you finish a section. It doesn’t help all the auto capping of he and she, unfortunately, but it’s something.
I’m as frustrated as you, believe me.
I’ve found that in these situations cmd-z is my friend. I’ve become very quick with it so that it hardly interrupts my flow.
I’m not finding Cmd-Z in my manual. When I experimented, it seemed to delete content. What does yours do?
It’s in the manual on page 710. It’s the Mac standard shortcut for Undo. It doesn’t “delete content” but in general undoes the last action. If you use it inadvertently shift-cmd-z (redo) will get your action back.