I am trying to compile a short story but formatting like italics (which I use a fair bit) come through as regular text, which is frustrating because my next stage is digital pen correction (I write all over my story) and, of course, I am looking for things like missing italics. I’ve tried compiling for both PDF and RTF, neither have any italics.
I can see there are older threads (2014ish) for the same issue but Scrivener was older back then and I’m using the latest version for Windows.
What am I missing?
Have you given all your tect in the editor a style… “body” or “Normal”, by any chance?
No, it’s “Normal”.
I have found a difference between another project (which works OK) and this one. The other one is using a project format called “Imported Scrivener v1 Settings” which isn’t available in the one I am having issues with. I used the option to export the format and imported it to my problem project but it didn’t seem to change anything.
So I still seem to be stuck.
But even creating “Normal” and making that the bulk of your text in the editor causes this problem, because then you have “Normal” in the compiler which won’t carry any italics through as it is defined without italics.
In Scrivener’s editor, for best peactice and to save yourself problems of this kind, the bulk of your text should be “No Style”—with the features set in “Options → Editing → Formatting” or in “Project → Project Settings… → Formatting”—and only paragraphs like headings and blockquotes which differ from the norm having a style assigned. The “No Style” paragraphs are assigned to “Normal” or “Body”—depending on target format—by the compile process, with any Bold or Italics retained.
I didn’t actually create it but yes, “No Style” works. Thanks
I was able to format the text; does that mean I can create my own style (using “No Style” as my base) so I can then apply that to other chapters of the story?
Yes, all the chapters in the story should be “No Style”.
Essentially, Scrivener is not WYSIWYG like Word. Using
“No Style”, you can do your writing and editing in whatever font and size you are most comfortable with (there are those who change the “No Style” font from time to time as it helps them keep in focus) and then have it all compiled in a standard font, size and line spacing, when you’re ready to send it to readers.
@xiamenese I’m not sure that is exactly right - but in a good way.
I just hit this issue and, realising that there are paragraph and character styles in Scrivener, and (?) by default, new styles are both, there might be a simpler fix.
So, I went back and changed my naive, misjudged “normal” to make it paragraph only and after that, italics within the paragraph began appearing properly.
Hope that helps @JamesCRocks