is there a “better” template for a collection of short histories, tales?
It is very hard to say, not knowing what is to you, better.
Generally though, the templates are designed to be starting points. We never anticipated people would just use the same one over and over and never improve upon it themselves, make them personal. If you don’t like how something works in it, then make a copy, change it, and use the File ▸ Save as Template… command. Keep updating it whenever you think of a way to improve it, and next time you start a new story or collection of stories, you’ll be right where you left off in the previous project.
Thanks, Amber V