Editor Panel

The Editor is where you’ll spend a lot of time working on your manuscript.

Formatting Toolbar

The Formatting Toolbar offers several capabilities for you to use while editing.

  • You can cut, copy, and paste.

  • You can toggle text from a bolded or italicized state to its reverse.

  • You can indent a paragraph, or lessen the indentation of a paragraph or remove it altogether.

  • You can insert a bulleted list like the one you are reading right now.

  • You can justify paragraphs, using the standard modes: left-justified, right-justified, or centered.

Editor Menu


Within the Editor, when you have “Show mentions” turned on, any existing mentions will appear with colored backgrounds. A mention that you have selected by clicking within it will have a darker line appearing beneath it.

You can create a mention by using the “@” shortcut, which might be familiar to you from Facebook or Twitter. Type the “@” character followed by a few characters. Then choose the story element you want to connect to your text from the drop-down menu. When you finish, the selected name or alias will be inserted into your text, and a connection will be automatically created.

You can also create a connection using the Context Menu, as described below.

Context Menu

When you select text in the Editor, you will see the Context Menu, which allows you to:

  • Create a new Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • Mention a new Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • Remove a mention of a Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • For a mention, open the Quick Details dialog (see below).

  • For a mention, open the connected story element in its manager.

  • Create a discourse element (a part, chapter, scene, or section) from the selected text.

Quick Details


When you are within a mention in the Editor, press the shortcut key Control-Q to see the Quick Details dialog for that story element.

The Quick Details dialog provides a summary of the essential information about that story element.

Manuscript Splitting

When you want to define the text above your cursor as a discourse element (a part, chapter, scene, or section), you can press the shortcut key Control+Enter. You will be offered a choice of discourse elements:

Splitting a manuscript into DE elements using the Ctrl+Enter shortcut is particularly useful when importing works from other applications such as MS Word or Scrivener. The process is illustrated in the following tutorial:

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