I love Scrivener, but I’ve just spent the last hour trying to make it do something it probably won’t do: show page breaks in the full screen mode. I know, I know, some people are distracted by page breaks apparently, but I’m not, no more than I’m distracted by having to turn the pages of a book. If I wanted to write on one continuous piece of paper I’d be Jack Kerouac. (Well, I’d be like Kerouac in only the tiniest way, but you get my point.)
In WriteRoom, the solution is straightforward: you tick “wrap to page” under Preferences>General, and it makes nice little breaks (20 or so pixels of background color) between pages in the full screen mode. That’s it. No formatting, it just tells me when one page starts and another begins.
Leaving aside all the psychological benefits I could name, being able to see pages going by helps me to navigate my manuscripts, and it also helps me to communicate with editors and agent, who always want to know what page I’m talking about when we’re talking on the phone. Being able to say, “It’s the page that begins, ‘In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland…’” Even better, while I’m in full screen mode, it would be great for navigating the manuscript; sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for, but I know that it’s roughly X pages into the manuscript, and I’d find it faster if I could just flip the pages; after scrolling for more than a few seconds, I lose my sense of how far I’ve gone into the manuscript.
So, if there’s a work-around that would let me see pages, please let me know. Otherwise, consider this for the “Wish List.”