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  1. It's absolutely possible. Just create two new text file documents, one a novel, one a screenplay. And yes, it makes sense to use one file for all your research data, characters, etc. I have one document for an entire series of novels, currently six novels and one novelette. One of my favorite aspects to Storyist is that you can keep everything you need for multiple works in the same universe in one document. Hope that helps, Orren
  2. Congratulations! Looks interesting (I'm a fantasy writer too ) Orren
  3. Very nice writeup! I did notice that the article states that the main feature of Scrivo Pro is that you can work with files exported from Scrivener. I guess the author didn't realize that you can do that now with Storyist iOS, too. Orren
  4. To add to this: While I certainly understand the drive for a "one stop shop" application that can do everything you want to do, there's a place in the world for specialized apps that can really do something well. That applies both to Storyist, as an excellent research/organization/brainstorming/manuscript tool, and to desktop publishing applications like Adobe InDesign. I lay my books out in InDesign; it gives you full layout options for facing pages (so you could have you book title on one page, your author name on another page, or whatever), the ability to make custom master pages, full
  5. FYI, tables are really horrible in eBooks. Nearly every reader has problem rendering them, and your table is guaranteed to look different on every device/reader. If you must do a table specifically, and you plan on outputting an eBook, I would recommend making your table in Microsoft Excel (or an equivalent like the free Open Office, or if you're being held at gunpoint and threatened with death, that horrible waste of time and space Numbers). When you've got your table how you like it, save it as a .png graphic (you can capture a screenshot if you need to), and then include the graphic. That w
  6. I was surprised, so I did a little digging. I guess Microsoft made it free around November: http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/6/7163789/microsoft-office-free-for-ipad-iphone-android FWIW, if you use Office apps every day as I do for my job, it's worth the $99/year anyway. But it's cool that they're giving away Office for iPad! Orren
  7. Without an Office 365 account, however, it is a free reader. If you wish to edit documents, you'll need the MS subscription. (which I have, BTW, and I think $99 for unlimited storage, mobile editing, and 5 installs is quite fair). Orren
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    That's close to what she's saying, but not exact. She's saying if you have you novel as one big word file, have the word "chapter" at the front of each chapter, and then format the word "chapter" using a style that you create named Chapter Title that matches the Storyist style Chapter Title, Storyist will import each as a separate chapter inside a manuscript that can have it's own independent sections, etc. Orren
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    I'm sure the styles have to have certain heading values set up, but you don't need to be in outline view. Assuming you have your Word Styles matching your Storyist styles, you just open your document, then select View Sidebar > Document Map and you get a sidebar with your chapter titles. You can then grab and drag them in the sidebar until your heart's content. Orren
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    Actually, you can do this is Word for Windows. They haven't added this feature to MacWord, I wish they would. Orren
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    Hi Fitch, I am confident you're not the dumbest person on the planet. Although you did put an "i" in my name when there isn't one, so you lose a couple of points for that. I think one of the confusing elements is that styles are "per document" and not "per project." (FWIW, I'd love global styles myself, so that the same styles would be available for every document, and changes I made for one style would be persistent). It sounds like you have imported document; they may have imported with no styles attached. If this is the case, you won't be able to edit any styles, as they're not the
  12. I'm with M on this one: find a writer's group, or spend the money to hire a human being. Especially if you write a genre that likes to make up terminology (science fiction, fantasy) or you use dialect (think Huckleberry Finn), or are writing something like historical fiction and using diction and grammar from another era. Online proofers are just going to compare your words to a database of common issues; if you have an uncommon manuscript, you're out of luck. Just like getting an artist to design a proper cover, hiring an editor is what separates the professionals from the amateurs. And s
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