I really hope this is the right place for this question. I’m 7 chapters into a novel where one of the main characters has flashbacks. My intent for the flashbacks was to show them in italics, but have the margin on both left and right sides to be slightly wider (so the text would be narrower than surrounding text) in order to differentiate for the reader the difference between the character’s thought process (also in italics) and the flashback. In the editor, it looks fine. In a print preview, however, the margin on the right is the same as text that’s not a flashback (only the left margin is increased).
I posed this question on a Scrivener users group on Facebook, and got some feedback. I’ve now got my flashback set up as a preset under formatting. But, even then, I was told that, even clicking on the “preserve formatting” button, Kindle would fail to recognize my formatting as it converts everything to straight on justification. Okay, cool. So I added the ~ symbol both before and after the text of the flashback, just a little visual to clue the reader in that this is different than thought.
When I compile this to a .pdf or to an .ePub to test it with either the pdf reader on my laptop or the Nook on my phone, again I have issues. In the .pdf version, the flashback text runs right off the right side of the page. In the .ePub, it’s just “normal” like I assume it would be in the Kindle version (from what I was told). I’m just learning how to do screen shots, so I hope this works. The first will be of my formatted text in the editor.
I’m happy with the way this looks in the editor, although for the print version I’d like to get the right hand margin to be a little wider for the flashbacks. But is there any way to accomplish this, and how? And can I do it in the e-formats?