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  2. I wanted to write a memoir for my father so that I can gift him on his sixtieth birthday, so I tried to write one, but after I was done, I read it and it was not of a very good quality. As I am not a professional memoir writer, I made too many blunders affecting the quality. I was planning to hire a memoir ghostwriter who is professional and can write the memoir soon. As I have already wasted so much time, I want the work to be done quickly. Can someone kindly let me know how to evaluate the ghostwriter for memoir? Should I only look at the resume or there are other aspects that is needed to be covered? source: https://memoirghostwriter.net/
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  4. marguerite

    Why do formats not survive cut-and-paste?

    Hi, Dan, and welcome to the forums, Font overrides (bold, italic, etc.) can be tricky when cut and pasted. Are you trying to paste from Storyist to another program: Word, say? Or something else? There are often ways to get around the tendency for programs to nuke the italics, but before I go into details, it would be helpful to know exactly what you're trying to do. Best, Marguerite
  5. I’m “crowdproofing” my manuscript, and have found that italicized passages are not surviving the cut-and-paste process. I’m using a lot of italicized passages, so this is problematic. What am I failing to do?
  6. Steve

    Change play script to PDF

    Hi Hopeso, To create a PDF of your script: Navigate to the script. Choose File > Print. Click the PDF button in the print dialog. Choose "Save as PDF" Good luck with the competition. -Steve
  7. hopeso

    Change play script to PDF

    Using iMac and Storyist to email play script to competition. Think they may have microsoft. Hope sending it with PDF they can accept, But don't know how to convert text to PDF and email it. Thanks
  8. Hi Steve. Any update on these? Will these be addressed in Storyist 4? I'm excited!
  9. PaganAuthor

    Binder and Inspector Zoom

    Please, please, please, can we gain a Binder zoom? The files/text in Binder are itty bitty. Some of us are older, and glasses don't help with the microscopic text in both Binder and Inspector. Thank you!
  10. PaganAuthor

    Exporting from Scrivener

    I've spent the better part of several hours figuring this out. I am not tech savvy. Which is why I'm making the switch from Scrivener 3. I just want to write, not become a programmer. That said, it's been a dagnabbit nightmare, this export madness. Exporting from Scrivener 3 into Storyist wasn't working AND kept crashing. Grrrr. Ding-ding-ding: found a trick that made it work. Oh, and this is for novels. Any other kind of writing projects, I'm not sure if this will work. Sorry. The genius-boat sailed without me. I'm not bitter. Here's what finally worked: 1) Open your project in Scrivener 3. 2) Click FILE. Dropdown menu opens. Scroll down and hover cursor over EXPORT. Another menu opens. Click last option: AS SCRIVENER 2 PROJECT... (yes, it even has those eclipses) 3) ANOTHER menu box opens, asking WHERE you wanna export. 4) I chose the STORYIST app (mine resembles blue folder. not sure if this is a 'duh' moment, and blue folder icon is standard?) NOTE: you may have to create a Storyist folder in your cloud storage -- mine's in Dropbox. FINALLY!!! SUCCESS!! No crashing. No blank screen. No offer to send a report. And it all opened up like a gift box: smiles, happy-happy, oooh just what I've always wanted! I really hope this helps!! Happy Writing (gah, now I sound like a dork)
  11. Steve

    Storyist 4 Sneak Peek

    Hi Folks, Happy New Year! It's been a little quiet around here. Maybe too quiet. I'm happy to announce that Storyist 4 is on its way. Here's a sneak peek: http://storyist.com/blog/2019/01/storyist-4-sneak-peek/ If you want to help test, I'd love to have your help putting the software through its paces. Drop me a note at support@storyist.com and I'll get you set up. -Steve
  12. Thanks, Kevin. I'll investigate. -Steve
  13. Hi Steve. 1. I've attached screenshots of the exact same file (sans any setting modifications on either mac or ipad). I opened the file on the Mac first (Mac OS 10.14.2 - Storyist version 3.5.2) and took a screen grab, then opened the same file on the ipad (ios 12.1 - Storyist version 3.3.8) and took a screen shot. There is a big variation in how they display pagination. Using the same font: courier. I'd look into how you handle page breaks. I see sometimes the rules of scriptwriting are broken as a Character Name will be on one page and the dialogue on the next, or it splits across -- both are wrong. Same for a scene heading being on one page and the action coming on the next page. Both are big no-no's in the screenwriting world. Perhaps that's the culprit? Either way, pagination must be the same on all devices since this is a crucial part of the writing and rewriting process (when a writer gets notes from their agent/studio) 2. Understood. No biggie. 3. You might consider adding this feature. This would be incredibly useful to edit fountain natively and it would put you in the same category as Slugline and Highland (which I own). Neither have the true WYSIWYG interface (which you do) so a distinct market advantage could be created. Not to mention the genius way Storyist can edit in fountain via Index Cards and spit out the fountain code when needed. A brilliant feature that you should tout. 4. Cool. That works. Might be useful to simply have a save as PDF or export PDF native in the menu. All other scriptwriting software has that as a default. Just a thought. 5. Screenshot included. I am running from the Application and not DMG. Never modified settings. The pop-up occurs every time I launch, without fail. On Mac 10.14.2. 6. A few final tidbits. Take them or leave them, but they would make screenwriting much better in Storyist: A.) Right now, when I start to type a character name and it auto-completes, I have to hit enter once to accept and again to perform a carriage return to start typing dialogue. Small change but if you had one enter key press = accepting the autocomplete and auto-carriage return, that saves a ton of keystrokes. B.) Likewise, right now when trying to add a new scene there is a great deal of extra keystrokes. I can't simply type int. or ext. and have it know I'm starting a scene heading. That would be ideal. Right now, I have to hit enter, enter, select scene heading from pop up, hit enter again, and then start typing. I also have to type out the time of day (instead of autocomplete say after a tab or enter). These extra keystrokes add up to quite a lot and breaks the flow of the scriptwriter. C.) I would suggest already having page numbering built into the screenplay template. Was a hassle to have to manually add it, then right align it, change to courier, then check box for different first page header. Standard screenplay format includes page numbers so might as well add it by default. Anyway, love the app. The pagination being the same on all devices is a must have. Editing fountain natively on MAC would make your app the best fountain editor (considering WYSIWYG and your genius way that Index Cards translates to fountain). PDF export and those scriptwriting enhancements would just take this to the next level. I don't think any app could compete with those changes, honestly. Best, Writeman (Kevin)
  14. Hi Writeman, Thank you for the kind words and for the post. 1. Pagination - Interesting. That shouldn't be. I'll investigate. Assuming you're using the same font on each device, the culprit is usually the margins or line height. Could you let me know what versions of Storyist and iOS you're running? 2. Editing position - Plain text files don't have a mechanism for storing editing position with the file like RTF or other formats. In order to implement this, the app would either need to store this information outside of the file or include it in the text itself somewhere. TextEdit on Mac does the former, which doesn't work across devices. I think Slugline and Highland do the latter but in incompatible ways. Let me think about this a bit. 3. Projects - Yes, the Mac version doesn't support editing stand-alone text files outside of a Storyist project as the iOS version does. Instead, it creates a new Storyist project and imports the file. This is mostly for historical reasons. The functionality could be added to the Mac version if there is enough interest. 4. Exporting PDF - On Mac, choose File > Print, click the PDF button, and choose to save as PDF. On iOS, you'll need to first import it to a Storyist project and then use the Export function. Adding export support to stand-alone files is on the list for a future release. 5. What's New - The What's New dialog should only show ones (unless you reset the app's user defaults). Are you perhaps running from the .dmg file? If so, copy the app to the Applications folder and run from there. -Steve
  15. Hi. I emailed support a while ago but never heard back. I love Storyist but have a few issues regarding using Storyist on both Mac and iOS in regards to screenwriting. 1. For some reason, when I open a fountain file or Storyist screenplay file on my Mac and iOS they are paginated differently. I don't see why nor a way to fix this? 2. Every time I open a fountain file on iOS it doesn't retain my cursor position of where I left off editing. It defaults to the start of the file. This can be tough if I jump around between projects and have to try to remember where I was working in the script. 3. On Mac version -- if I open the fountain project it creates a pseudo new UNTITLED file so that when I go to save it won't overwrite the very file I opened. Can we have it be that I can open the fountain file and edit it and save it natively? 4. I can't figure out a way to export a PDF of the screenplay from iOS or Mac. Help? 5. Every single time I open Storyist on Mac the "What's New" update splash screen pops up. Is there a way to disable this? I don't see a checkbox for that. Thanks
  16. Hi. I emailed support a while ago but never heard back. I love Storyist but have a few issues regarding using Storyist on both Mac and iOS in regards to screenwriting. 1. For some reason, when I open a fountain file or Storyist screenplay file on my Mac and iOS they are paginated differently. I don't see why nor a way to fix this? 2. Every time I open a fountain file on iOS it doesn't retain my cursor position of where I left off editing. It defaults to the start of the file. This can be tough if I jump around between projects and have to try to remember where I was working in the script. 3. On Mac version -- if I open the fountain project it creates a pseudo new UNTITLED file so that when I go to save it won't overwrite the very file I opened. Can we have it be that I can open the fountain file and edit it and save it natively? 4. I can't figure out a way to export a PDF of the screenplay from iOS or Mac. Help? 5. Every single time I open Storyist on Mac the "What's New" update splash screen pops up. Is there a way to disable this? I don't see a checkbox for that. Thanks
  17. CRB

    Unable to use the Tab Key on MacBook

    Thanks Steve. That fixed it for me too (I needed to set the Tab Stops).
  18. CRB

    Storyist for Mojave?

    This works very well. And the dark user element interface feature is compatible with Mojave dark mode. Many thanks!
  19. Hi, wappinghigh, and welcome to the forums. The first thing would be to check, if you are submitting to a literary agent, what that agent's submissions requirements are. Some insist on Times New Roman 12 point; others accept the basic Courier (which is used for the template because it was long a standard); still others don't care about the font, so long as it's not Comic Sans or something similar but have specific requirements for margins. You can change any of the formatting through the Inspector by selecting a paragraph that does not have italics or bold, changing the formatting to what you want, then choosing Format > Style > Redefine Current Style in the menus. You can also click in a paragraph that contains only plain text and choose Format > Style > Edit Current Style and make the changes in the box that appears. Click OK and the changes will be applied throughout the document, with the italics and bold text preserved. In this case, you probably need to adjust the margins to 1" all around and make sure that the format is double-spaced rather than a set distance. But no one I ever contacted counted lines per page. So in that sense you are fine with the standard setup. Best, Marguerite
  20. Hi Ginger, It's probably easiest to show it in action. I've posted a screencast that shows how to Creating a project from the Novel template Add a PDF book to the project Add your manuscript to the book Add a title page Add a table of contents -Steve
  21. Hi !! Sorry for the newbie question. I am just trialling your wonderful program. I have imported some draft text by copying it over into the standard Storyist "novel" template (I have written what I have done so far using OSX pages) I have read that a manuscript for submission of a novel should be 25 lines per page. Courier 12 point. I set the font at Courier 12, but the standard template seems to give me pages that are only 21 lines per page (the text that I have imported counts 21 lines each page..not including the header/page no. set up already by Storyist) Is this correct? Am I doing this right? How do I adjust the format so I get 25 lines per page? Or am I simply set up go correctly and submit the manuscript as is... thanks!
  22. I've been trying to convert a Storyist novel project into a PDF. Yes, I've read the instructions. Yes, I've searched the forum. The instructions tell us to: The first step in creating a PDF for print is to create a new project item to hold your book. To accomplish this, choose File > New > Book. Problem is, that choice isn't available when I first open Storyist. Marguerite suggests creating the project first. Once I chose "Novel", the File>New>Book becomes available, unfortunately, when I add the Blurb choice, it slaps the Blurb choice into the left menu and now I have two items: the manuscript novel sample and the Blurb sample. Next, the instructions say to add your text. You can do this either by clicking the Add (+) button at the bottom of the files table and selecting Add Project Files or by simply dragging the file from the Project view to the File table. If you’re following along, go ahead and drag Pride and Prejudice from the Project view. The Add button doesn't offer the "Add a Project Files" choice even though I clicked through each menu choice. Dragging accomplished nothing, other than to show a green + arrow, but no change. I was trying to use the Pride and Prejudice Start file. I figure I’m missing something, but can’t figure out what. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated! I'm running Sierra 10.13.6 thanks! ginger
  23. srquinn00

    Crashes on Character & Image Tabs

    Thanks marguerite! I did send an email to the support team as well. Someone has already responded to that email and we are trying to figure it out.
  24. marguerite

    Crashes on Character & Image Tabs

    I haven't encountered this behavior. The developer always wants to hear about crashes. Did you report it to the Support address (bugs at storyist dot com)? He'll also need to know which version of the Mac OS you're running.
  25. Every time I click on the Characters and Settings tabs (and any of their sub groups) Storyist crashes. Clicking on the Chapters and Images does not cause it to crash. I just bought the latest version today. I'm running Storyist on Mac. Anyone else having this issue or know how to fix it? Thanks!
  26. WMH99338

    Storyist for Mojave?

    I've also upgraded to Mac OS Mojave on both a late 2013 iMac and a mid-2017 MacBook Pro, and love it. I'm running Storyist v.3.52 on both machines and it seems fine. Also, I am very happy that Storyist is not "abandonware." For me, it is more intuitive and user-friendly than its leading competitor. Go Storyist!
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