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  1. Jazz great Charles Mingus once wrote "Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple." That's also what I'm looking for in my writing software - something that makes the creative writing process simple. _________ On that note... Is there a way to create **Parallel** (i.e. multi-column, spreadsheet style) Character or Plot Outlines ? Many of you may have seen J.K. Rowling's spreadsheet-style brainstorming for the parallel plots going on in one of her Potter books. Here's the link: For brainstorming characters and plots, Rowling's multi-column/multi-column spreadsheet format makes a lot of sense to me. And I gravitate towards making similar charts when thinking about an ensemble cast of characters. For example, I'd have individual columns for NAMES, WANTS/NEEDS, PHYSICAL TRAITS, STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, JOYS, PAINS, etc. That way, you can look at ALL of your characters' main traits on *one* sheet of paper. And you can see how one character relates to the other. It helps to see the big picture. Same with J.K. Rowling's chart. Plotting the time flow of the book is useful in her spreadsheet. You see how each plot progresses from month to month or chapter to chapter. And again, it's all in ONE page. ________ If I were to create my own creative writing software - it's tempting - I would adopt this "one page" approach. At the top of the program's hierarchy, you'd have a master one sheet (in column/row format) for PLOT and then you'd have another one for CHARACTERS. Those two docs would provide your bird's eye view of everything, especially in the early stages of brainstorming. And clicking on an individual box would take you deeper into the folders/documents in your project. _______ I've still in the stage of dabbling with various writing software options. I do like a lot of what is in Storyist. But right now, my creative writing software of choice for the early stages of writing might be Omni Outliner (which is great at outlining of course but also great at columns). Or Google spreadsheets (for collaborative projects) since it's in the cloud. Combined with some kind of folder/file organization. Or maybe I'm missing something about Storyist, Scrivener, Storymill, etc? Maybe the solution is for these programs to simply add hypertextual COLUMNS to their outline views? Let me know what you think.
  2. Thanks for writing back Steve. I think having some kind of round-trip import/export is *very* important. This recognizes that Storyist is not the only creative tool that a writer can use. And it's not the only tool that creates structure like basic parent/child hierarchies and containers. There are so many tools out there - OmniOutliner is my favorite. But there are all these mind-mapping apps, there's simple folder structure in the Finder level, etc. With a round-trip, these can be in dialogue with Storyist. And if can be more than just individual files, if it can be folders + files (hierarchy) then that would be great. Anyway, you've heard my request. Keep up the great work!
  3. Thanks, but it may not be worth looking into until I encounter it again.
  4. I played around more with exporting/importing in Storyist and Scrivener. Let me know if I'm wrong, but it looks like Storyist can only import one file at a time and it must be a text document - you can't select a folder and have it import the folder and its contents. It turns out in Scrivener I can import multiple files, including what I was really hoping for - the ability to select a folder at the Mac finder level and have that imported as a folder (parent) with all it contains (children). Would love to see this kind of thing in Storyist. Overall, I like the *feel* of Storyist better. And I love that it's on iPad!
  5. So, I see in the Export Settings , you can check the box that says "Export to folders matching the project structure." Great, so the Feature Request I was asking for above is the *reverse* of that. Taking Folders (parents) and text inside (children) and bringing them into Storyist. Maybe you could designate if they'd come in under the Notebook category or the Plot category...
  6. Somehow, when I woke up today, I got this working. I'm not sure what I did differently, but I was able to make my Scene Headings Regular. This time, when I created a new Scene, the Edit Stylings window told me it was bold. And I just changed it to Regular, and now it works. Something strange *was* happening before, though. Oh well, I will continue to explore this app,
  7. I've had a lot of trouble with Editing Styles. Here's a simple example: 1) I want to create my own template, with my own formatting for Stage Plays. 2) Ok, so I opened a Stage Play project and clicked on the Manuscript. 3) I was able to modify most of the styles by 1) putting the cursor on the line the style of which i want to modify. 2) Clicking the Inspector 3) Right-clicking on the Style name corresponds to the style of the line where my cursor is. 4) in the dropdown box area that appears I modify the style and click OK. This worked for the most part. But weird things start to happen: In this case, I didn't want SCENE HEADINGS to be bold. And I thought I had set it for Regular. But I right click on "MY SCRIPT" and "ADD SCENE", type in a name for the Scene and * what's going on!? * the Heading is bold. So, I put the cursor on the Scene 2 text on the manuscript page. Open the Inspector and right-click on SCENE HEADING. In the box that appears, it says the text is REGULAR! But it's clearly not. I've attached an image to prove this. As you'll see in the style modification box, it says the Style Name is "Act". Huh? And then under BASED ON: I've tried First Scene Heading and Scene Heading. I set them both to REGULAR. But the text remains BOLD. Looks like a bug to me. Any workaround fix?
  8. Thanks Marguerite. I think you mean STORYBOARD, right? There's View > Text, Outline, or Storyboard. Indeed the background is gray. And I see that I can drag anything I want into it. Ok, I guess the term "collage" is what confused me. It might have been simpler if the HELP said "This is what a storyboard can do" and "You can drag anything you want into a work area that is set to View > Storyboard, collage-style." Anyway, thanks for the clarification. J
  9. So, I'm warming up to Storyist - using the demo - but there's a big thing I'd like to see implemented. Storyist and Scrivener both uses hierarchies really well. So, I can create folders, groups, collections - whatever you want to call them - and they provide a great way to organize things and then manipulate content in a hierarchical/outline manner. Now, Scrivener can do something awesome and that's importing hierarchies from outside the program. I specifically used their MultiMarkdown import. First, I created a lot of content -- too much to reproduce by hand - in OmniOutliner. I used an OmniOutliner plug-in to export a MultiMarkdown text file and imported that into Scrivener. It's great. My OO content shows up in a (parent/child) hierarchy in Scrivener. Can Storyist do anything like this? OmniOutliner, by the way can also export HTML ( with unordered lists) as well as OPML - both of which preserve hierarchy (being able to put stuff within stuff). Looks like RTF and RTFD does too, right? Also, Scrivener can export OPML as well as Outliner content as CSV. If Storyist could implement support for one of these formats that'd be great. In addition to porting over OmniOutliner content through some route, it would be awesome to import FOLDER hierarchy from Mac OS X finder. I actually have a big story guideline that I built using simple Folders (and text files within it). But even if I could just port in the folders (with or without the text inside) that'd be a big help. I'm sure there's someone who could code a solution. Anyway, let me know your thoughts and if I'm missing anything on the Storyist import side. thanks, J
  10. Thanks for the quick reply! >If you mean that you want to copy characters, say, from one Storyist file to another, you have several choices: Yes this is what I meant. >1. Save the Project as a template (File > Save as Template). Use that as your basis for the new Project. You will find the template in the Chooser that pops up when you open Storyist or choose File > New > Project. >2. Choose File > Export > RTF (RTFD if you have images), click on the files you want, choose where to save them, then drag them into the Project View of the new project. Results are not ideal, but they beat retyping. >3. Save a copy of the file (File > Save as, supply a new name) to use as the basis of the new file. >4. Set up a new sheet in the new file, display the two files side by side, and copy/paste from one to the other. What I'm trying to do is essentially combine two Storyist files: The first is a Novel template with lots of folders and notes that act as story guides. And the second is a play template with formatting and styles that I modified. I guess I was just hoping I could either 1) copy and paste the Play Manuscript from the Play project to the Novel project with a simple Command C and Command V or 2) Copy the folders/notes from the Novel project to the Play project. But I guess it's not that easy, right? Seems in this case, the least pain will be for me to create a new Play manuscript in the Novel project and format it again. Or maybe, as you suggest in #2, I could export an RTF of my stage play and then upon import Storyist would recognize my unique formatting? I wish I could save time by being able to save my Script formatting outside of the project, like a template. And then when I go to the Project menu to create a new "Stage Play" script then I could select my self-created formatting template. That way, I would maintain all those folders from my novel project but the script manuscript would replace the novel manuscript template essentially. But that example is not a big deal. I'll survive. I think. _____ However, on a related note, there's a big feature request I'm going post in the FR forum about importing folder (group, collection, whatever you call them) hierarchies into Storyist. That's something that Scrivener can do which is awesome. For example, I love using OmniOutliner to brainstorm. And there's a MultiMarkdown export for it. And Scrivener can import MultiMarkdown. My outline gets ported over as folder hierarchies. Thanks for your time.
  11. If I'm understanding what is said in this thread correctly, what I'm asking about is impossible: http://storyist.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/1771-moving-items-in-projects/ I just wanted to move Various Groups (folders) and Content (pages) from one Storyist project to another. But it doesn't let me. I try to drag folders over and nothing happens. Well, please let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks, JMcV
  12. From the help document: "Adding items to a collage is a simple as dragging them from the Project view to the collage." That's kind of a circular statement. What's "the collage?" How do I access it? And the rest of the statements on that help page refer to "the collage" but I'm still not sure what it is.
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