Story line

The story line is a new feature, work in progress, ugly but functional.

The idea is to get an overview of your work through different strands, of which texts are nodes.

Overview of the story lineIt is an other way to navigate between text elements, and it allows you to get a quick overview of importants themes of your work.

As of now, only Plots are displayed, but in the near future you might use it to track anything: characters, object, place — or any other element of your work.

The way it works: in the notes / references field, you can reference any objects (listed above: characters, plots, etc.). As soon as you reference something in here, it appears in the story line.

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Of course, since everything is customizable, you might use it for anything else, for example in an academic context if you want to track every time you reference an important source.

8 thoughts on “Story line

  • Hi there, I’ve had a read through the functions of Manuskript and really like what it’s offering!

    Does the Mac and Windows version have the exact same functions? If I edit something in one, it is transportable to the other? I use Mac and PC, and was wondering if it’s safe to do so or if there is a risk of my work crashing if I use Mac and PC to edit the same project.

    I’m really in love with the idea of the imbedded timeline/story line feature. My story consists of around 50 important characters and will expand to many novels, so a timeline that I can refer to quickly, and that is not so cluttered or too fancy is best; I need only the necessary information in a timeline, and I need it to link with the scenes etc of the story. I currently use one software for writing and now I’ve also started to use Aeon timeline for tracking scenes, plots, and character appearances etc, but the layout is far too spread out. The fact that everything must be sorted in a calendar with hours of the day is a hindrance to the tracking. From looking at the images, Manuskript seems to be very promising and greatly suited to my needs! I genuinely hope you will continue to develop this software and look forward to your final release of the first version! By the way, are the currently releases in Mac and Windows stable? I have a lot of information and am rather fearful of losing my work or crashes etc. I would really like to try Manuskript!

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. Mac/Win/Linux version have the same feature, since it is exactly the same code (as long as you run the same version). So also a project created in one should work in the other.

      Right now, manuskript is not stable, I would not trust it with a big project. But please try it 🙂

      Know that the windows and mac version are not the latest, because I cannot do the packaging (I dont have a win/mac machine). If you want the latest (and stablest) version, you need to run from source.

  • Excellent app shows great promise. I’m using Scriv-Linux but it often “changes” text. As for your Storyline, missing in Scriv, how do I place a plot instance on the plot line? My characters insert OK, but plots don’t appear. I notice a code {P:O:…} on examples but it doesn’t work for me.
    TIJ

    • Hi,
      You have to reference the plot in your scenes. Select a scene (or folder), open the Metadata pane, and under Note/Reference, insert the reference in one of the following way:

      1. Right-click and chose Insert reference, then type a few letters of your plot name
      2. Press CTRL+Space and type a few letters of your plot name

      (For information, the reference has the following format: {Letter:ID:Name}. Letter will be P for Plots, C for Character, and so on. ID is the internal ID used for reference, and Name can be anything, it is used for human readability.)

      Once you referenced your plot(s) in several scene, open the Story line and be sure to check Show Plots on the bottom-left button-menu.

      Hope that helps 🙂

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