Settings: Narrative

Narrative 

Here you can choose whether or not you want to:

  • Track independent narrative
  • Enforce strict folder structure (required for Ulysses syncing)

Tracking an independent narrative allows you to organize items into a narrative order that is reflective of the structure of your actual story. This means that, in addition to using views like Timeline View to see how events occur in chronological order, narrative structures create a way of organising these same items into a new order representative of your narrative's storyline. 

The narrative also allows you add items that exist in your narrative but not in your chronological order of events. This may be useful for giving background information that is relevant to your narrative, but does not occur in your timeline or constitute an actual scene. 

With strict folder structure enabled, only items of the Narrative Folder item type can have items nested inside them in the narrative. Regular items (e.g. scenes, events) cannot. This setting is required for syncing to Ulysses, as Ulysses does not allow Sheets (documents) to have children.

Section Labels 

Because items in Narrative View and Outline View can be added out of chronological order, organising items into different sections can be a useful way to create a structured outline of your story. 

Here, you can identify all the different types of sections that will exist in the Narrative View in order from most used to least used. 

Numbering System

In this section, you will find a drop down menu with two options for a numbering system. 

1. Outline Style (e.g. Scene 1.1.1)

This is when items will be labeled and numbered using their position at each level of the narrative. 

2. Book/Continuous Style (eg. Scene 7)

When you choose this option, items will be labelled and numbered independently so that the number is continuous across parents.