Writing modes: simple / fiction

I’ve been asked to reconsider “the enormity of my project” :p by thinking not only of fiction writers, but also of other type of writing: academic, documentation, etc. Manukskript now offers two modes: one “fiction” mode with all the tools for fiction writers (summary, characters, plot, world/context, etc.), and one “simple” mode, with only the writing tab.

Basic mode

In “simple” mode, manuskript is like a “simple” outliner.

This is reflected in project templates:

Simple mode templates

Note: the terms “fiction” / “non-fiction” are probably not the best. I’m open to correction from english-speaking folks.

17 thoughts on “Writing modes: simple / fiction

  • Bonjour,

    Merci pour ce projet. Excellente idée. Moi qui cherche depuis longtemps une alternative à Scrivener viable, fonctionnelle, libre, fonctionnant sous linux nativement… Génial.
    Je soutiens à fond. Je viens de faire un don.
    Je vais aider par remontée d’expérience. Peu éventuellement relire le français si besoin.
    Merci !

  • Is there a way to make my version of the software look like the one in the screenshot above? I prefer this “streamlined” view to the default one.

  • How do I turn on the snowflake mode so I can use the snowflake method? It’s greyed out for me in this option here.

    • Manuskript is still under development and the View -> Mode -> Snowflake menu option is not yet enabled.

      Initial work on a guided snowflake method is available via the Next button, such as on the Summary, and Character panes.

      • Please add this information on the main page under snowflake picture. I searched whole wiki and github site to find why “snowflake” option in View->Mode->Snowflake is greyed out:). BTW – great application.

        • It might make more sense to remove the View -> Mode -> Snowflake menu entry entirely. However I will wait until I get in contact with Olivier to learn his thoughts as he is the creator of Manuskript.

  • Idem for corrector with button F9, Pandoc to PDF, window maximized don’t work for me. I’m on Peppermint 9 (as Ubuntu 18.04)

    You are making a great program I hope it will be continued and completed

  • Hi I’m attempting to write a screenplay, I understand the formatting is completely different so I wondered if this would ever be incorporated into Manuskript?

  • Sorry, I’m still confused. Does it have a snowflake mode, or doesn’t it? I see the menu item was there, then it was removed, I can find nothing about adding it on GitHub, yet the home page of this project still suggests the snowflake mode is available. What’s the current status?

    P.S.: I know I can follow the snowflake method without the mode. That’s not the question.

    • It is an image from 2016, I assume and the modes to select are just layout presets which views should be opened by default and which may are closed. You can write using the snowflake method independent of those layouts and the design of writing a summary already encourages to do this.

      But if you have any suggestions for a better support, feel free to discuss on Github or open an issue there.

    • You can go into the settings and look under “Views -> Text editor -> Font”. There you will find a field to adjust the font size of the editor. Other font sizes can not be changed though.

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