Tag Archives: Storyist

Storyist 117: Using Story Sheets

In this episode I will (try to) explain the concept of Story Sheets to you. Those are writing aides, akin to writing bibles and index cards. Think of Story Sheets as a supercharged version of a post-it note. They let you define relatively vague “things” like plot points, characters, settings, scenes, character development points and so forth, with the ability to link one with another.

Story Sheets support both the standard text view, as well as the storyboard view. With the help of the side-by-side layout, they can become a vital writing help so you never lose sight of your writing goals.

Storyist 116: Working with Images

In this episode I’ll show you how Storyist lets you import images and how you can use them in your project. Images are not linked and are stored with your project, so feel free to delete the original.

Storyist can use images in-line with your text, or they can be part of the storyboard view to create mood boards and inspirations for your writing session. In addition, images can serve as icons for Story Sheets.

Storyist 115: Writing Shortcuts

In this episode I’ll show you some of the shortcuts I find useful when using Storyist.

I’ll show you how to navigate words, paragraphs and whole lines from the keyboard, and I’ll also explain a couple of tab key shortcuts. Lastly, I’ll show you how to access a full list of shortcuts that are supported by Storyist.

Storyist 114: Headers and Footers

In this screencast I’ll show you how to customise the headers and footers of your document.

The principle is the same for either. In particular, we’ll look into aligning the page numbers in the footer: off numbers to the left, and even numbers to the right – just like some books do. Storyist can help you do this.

Storyist 113: Customising Your PDF

In this episode I’ll show you how to customise the print-ready PDF we’ve created in the previous video.

When Storyist formats a PDF with templates, it create intermediary files that we can tap into and further refine the output to make it look exactly as we want our book to look.

Storyist 111: Ebook Formatting Tips

In this episode I’ll give you some tips about ebook formatting when using Storyist. For this demo I’ll use an EPUB document we’re creating from my dummy manuscript and open it in Apple s iBooks for macOS.

I’ll show you how to replace the section separator, how to deal with empty lines, and you’ll see how a secondary heading is displayed in your final document.

Storyist 110: Creating a Kindle ebook

In this video I’ll show you how to create a Kindle ebook from your manuscript and several other items in Storyist. Amazon’s Kindle uses the .MOBI ebook format, while other e-readers support the .EPUB format (such as Kobo, Nook and iBooks).

Storyist supported them both equally well.

Storyist 109: Using the Project Trash

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the Project Trash option in Storyist.

It works just like the trash function in macOS and Windows, with which you never directly delete documents from the system. Instead, they’ll go into the “trash”, which when emptied, will delete a document from the hard drive. Storyist has this functionality built-in, which means that you can never accidentally erase an important manuscript.