I am a complete beginner with this software despite the fact that I’ve owned it since roughly 2016. Trying to re-establish use today reminded me why I stopped trying to use it: there is just so much offered within the software that I am completely overwhelmed. Furthermore, the directions and tips within the “New Project” template for a novel is just as baffling. As the title might suggest, I want to work with chapters as a whole rather than individual scenes. The “Novel Format” section at the very top of the binder area mentions that there is a way to essentially reformat your template to do just that, and there’s even an entire section directing how. Be that as is may, I can’t seem to even follow the directions because I can’t locate parts of them, The directions state:
[i]Working with chapters instead of scenes: By default, this project is set up so that you write each scene as a separate text document. If you don’t like to break things up quite that much and would prefer to write an entire chapter in each text document, make the following changes:
- Rename the “Scene” document to use your chapter title and move it so that it is on the same level as the “Chapter” folder rather than being inside it.
- Move the “Chapter” folder to the Trash.
- Create a new text document for each chapter.
- In the “Separators” pane of the Compile dialog, change the “Text separator” setting to “Page break”.
- If your scene separators are centred (for instance if you are using “#” as the scene separator) and you want them to appear centred in the compiled document, too, select them and choose Format > Formatting > Preserve Formatting.[/i]
I can follow the steps up until step 4 where it mentions the “Separators” pane. I don’t know what the “Compile dialog” is or where to find it, and I’ve Googled the heck out of this before I tried posting my own topic. I’ve attached three images of what I am looking at. The first attachment/image is just of the main screen, and in the second I have circled in red the only thing I’ve been able to locate that explicitly states “Compile.” The third image is what pops up when I click on that “Compile” icon, which does not give me any options to view anything even remotely resembling the words “Separators,” “Text separator,” or “Page break.”
I would LOVE to work with Scrivener more, but I’ve spent HOURS trying to figure this out–and yes, I went through the tutorial, so maybe I’m just obtuse–and wasted what I had planned to be a day of fleshing out characters and transcribing what I have planned on paper into this software. (I suppose what makes me so frustrated here is that Scrivener doesn’t seem to be a software that has any ability to be intuitive to its users…)
Please help me, and thank you in advance.