About the end of September I finally retired my (very dead) Toshiba Satellite A-70 laptop that served me well for years, but simply didn’t have any life left in it. I had used that baby through a couple of searing elections, countless columns, press conferences, articles, and through four homicide investigations and subsequent trials.
It was replaced with a brand new, shiny 13-inch MacBook Air. (Putting the MBA on top of the old Toshiba is just a crazy lesson in size difference.)
So around November I purchased Scrivener and quickly fell in love with the program. Previously, I had done virtually all of my writing in a Microsoft Word from 2003 — including my novel-in-progress.
Switching my novel into Scrivener was like a breath of fresh air. (Thank you so much.) I have greatly enjoyed using the software for my novel, and have already recommended it rather enthusiastically to my writer friends.
I have one issue at the moment, which is driving me crazy, but I presume there’s a quick fix for.
As I said, before I had done almost all of the writing for my novel on my Toshiba laptop with Microsoft Word. I had the document set (with little variation) at a traditional manuscript format of 12-point Courier New, double-spaced throughout. That way the entire thing would be ready to print in chunks for editing and proofing whenever I needed it.
However, I’ve discovered that with Scrivener’s manuscript compiling feature, there’s no point for me to work with my novel double-spaced all the time. And, to be perfectly honest, with screen real estate so valuable on a MacBook Air, I’d rather just pull out all of the spacing. I’m finding it much easier to work on the high-res screen with my document single-spaced, or just slightly above single-spaced: I can see so much more of any given chapter or section that I’m writing in that way.
Here’s the thing: In any New section that I create within my novel in Scrivener to write in, I have no trouble adjusting the spacing from double down to single-spacing, or whatever I so choose. In fact, I’ve written several chapters this way that I know will slot into different parts of the book later on. However, I can’t seem to pull out the spacing settings from the earliest portions of my novel — basically all of the work that I imported from the original Word document and then split into chapters and sections in Scrivener.
New work will respond perfectly fine to the spacing button, adjusting it up or down; but old sections will not. I adjust the spacing with the button, and it says that it has adjusted to whatever I have set it to, but there’s no visible change to the actual text. Changing Double-spacing to Single-spacing still leaves me with double-spaced paragraphs.
So, basically, I want to strip out ALL of the double-spacing throughout my entire manuscript and just set it to single-spaced. How do I go about doing that?
I’ve looked through the manual and on the forums and couldn’t find how to do this, so forgive me if this is a repeat post.
Thanks in advance for any help.