Chapter Headings when Compile?

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Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:49 pm Post

I'm new to Scrivener entirely and have obviously only used the app for a day, so this may be a dumb question. When I compile my document (I have 8 chapters of a novel) I get a "CHAPTER 1" and no other chapter headings, all 50 pages are under chapter 1. In my project, each chapter is a separate text document under "Draft." What am I doing wrong? Do I need to organize it differently? :(

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Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:10 pm Post

Not a dumb question at all! Welcome aboard!

The "Appearance" templates that come with Scrivener are designed to provide some nice defaults, but they won't be ideal for all structures. So, they add a title for folders and page break before folders, but no titles or page breaks before individual text documents. That is obviously not what you want.

This is why we allow you to create your own Appearance templates. Here's a Knowledge Base article to start you off:

http://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/ ... ngs-on-ios

If you're using the Manuscript (Courier), Manuscript (Times) or Palatino Book Appearance templates, they actually include some instructions inside them telling you how to adjust them for different formats. I'd recommend reading through the above link first, then:

1. In the "Appearances" list, tap "Edit".

2. Select one of the "Manuscript" Appearances or "Palatino Book" and tap the duplicate button in the footer (two squares with an "+").

3. Choose where you want to save your new Appearance template.

4. The Appearance Editor will open.

5. You might want to change the title at the top (the text after "Title: "), or the author, so that you know it's your template.

6. Read through the blue comments.

The question mark at the top of the screen will open a list of all the possible formatting commands you can use.

It's essentially a very easy-to-read-and-edit scripting language that allows you to determine how your compiled text is formatted, and you can choose which sections have titles and which don't by indentation level and type (folder or text).

It might take a bit of experimenting to play around with, but as you're always working with a copy of the original templates, you can't break anything.

Hope that helps.

All the best,
Keith
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Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:24 pm Post

Thank you!! :D

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Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:36 pm Post

Thank you Keith,
However, in the draft I am currently writing, not all folders start with a page break before them. Some do and some don't. I'm a bit lost as to what I did wrong where the pag break doesn't take place...
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Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:54 pm Post

odalage wrote:However, in the draft I am currently writing, not all folders start with a page break before them. Some do and some don't.


Have been there and empathise. As Keith says, it often takes some experimenting to get it right.

One thing to keep in mind, is that it's not only a matter of folder or file. The result is also effected by which level the file or folder is at. A folder in a "chapter folder" will not necessarily be formatted as a folder on the "chapter level".
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