Help needed formatting paragraphs

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Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:34 pm Post

I need help learning how to have Scrivener use three different paragraph formats using the default script--1) for regular indented body text; 2) for block-indented quotations; and 3) for "continuing after" a block-indented quote (with no indentation). Can't for the life of me figure out how to consistently do this. Would like an easy way to toggle #2 and #3 as needed. The manage script formats feature could be used for this? But I find it a very cumbersome, complicated process to set this up and have it carry over for all projects (as just a basic default). I would think that enough writers would need this that there might be something already set up to do it. Any suggestions?

I've wasted so many hours trying to achieve this, I hesitate to tackle it again. I hoped Scrivener would make writing easier. But in writing historical non-fiction, I always need to format block quotes and the "paragraphs" following them differently from the default body text. :(


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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:42 pm Post

Unfortunately you're describing the problem using terms which are non-standard in Scrivener, so it's a little difficult to understand what's going on.

For example, you say you're using the 'default script' — what do you mean by that, please? Scrivener has a Scriptwriting mode for when you're writing screenplays or scripts for plays etc, but the word 'script' doesn't really have any meaning relating to regular indented body text or block-indented quotations.

The manage scripts formats is used to amend the formatting of elements in a screenplay/script — for example, by how much a Character name and Dialogue is indented or what Camera directions should look like. It's got nothing to do with normal text as you'd see in a book or article. If you've been trying to use it for non-screenplay work, well, that's not what it's designed to do.

However, what it sounds like you're trying to do (have preset formats for different types of paragraph) is very easy in 'normal text' mode, but it depends which version you're using, as Version 2 and Version 3 go about it different ways.

So tell us which version of Scrivener you're using and we should be to help you.