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Topic #164 Scenes, plots, managing scenes...
    - by SadPuppy 20/10/2019 19:45

It feels like I have a hard time understanding all about scenes.

I mean, I create scenes and put them in chapters. When I manage scenes, they are just a long vertical list where I can't make the window wider. If I look at the Text or Summary tab; If I write the scene in here the scene in manage scenes is big and cluttered. If I write the summary, where would I write the scene? If I write the scene in Notes then it didn't appear in the exported book (unless that is changed).

Then there are strand links below, and if I tick one of them I can edit it..but I  have no idea of why...what it is..etc..

Then now there are plots? I can't do anything there unless I add a new plot? Then it wants a name and a category (what category??). Then I can write something below, but there is also a Notes tab..?

And, if I want to insert a scene and already have 20 scenes in the chapter..I have to add a scene at the bottom..then swap it one step at a time all the way to the spot I want it inserted in. And each swap resets so I have to scroll down and grab the scene again.   This is extremely odd and irritating.

Perhaps a user could share a scene so I can see what text goes where, plots and everything?

I feel so confused, and this is really stopping me from writing atm.  =(

Answer n° 1
    - by DonEdwards 05/05/2020 09:13

The important thing to remember is that the only parts of this program's capabilities that are for anyone other than the author, is where you enter text and where you output all the text in book format. So book title, chapter titles, scene text, MAYBE scene titles...

The character list, location list, parts, plots, and all that, are just for you. If you don't see a use for them, don't use them. Maybe later you'll think "oh I should have used that feature to..." - or maybe you won't. So far I've never used the Plots table or tab, only actually used Parts a couple times, played with the Assistant but never in a real project, and not found much benefit to Strands. I'm sure there are other people out there who would read that and think "WHAT? How can you possibly write in this program without using THAT feature?" to every one of those.

(On the other hand, the Character Categories default to "Major" and "Minor". I have a project here with seven Character Categories, with the default ones both gone. On the same project I make heavy use of character Attributes, to code such things as species.)

I don't know what's going on with your scene list, it's quite customizable (although some of the customizations don't get saved, darnit). But look over to the right, just above the scroll bar, there's a little box with a down-arrow overlaying a rather boxy looking thing. That's where you can choose what columns appear in the list. (There are similar boxes on most other lists too.)

About inserting scenes, I use a trick that I learned many years ago while keypunching program code:


That is, you don't number your scenes 1, 2, 3, etc. You number them 10, 20, 30, etc. This makes it much easier to insert things in the middle.

(I've asked for an option to make this the default.)

The only place I've encountered where that's a problem is if you choose to have your outputting of the book include chapter numbers. But you can just as well use chapter titles instead, and then you can title the chapter that is numbered 10 as "Chapter 1" if you really want to.

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