How would you recommend using the software to organise a book series, or a multi-episode TV series, in terms of structure using the software?
Currently, I have my second book tagged on to the end of book 1 in the timeline, separated with an Episode break. But I'm finding that it's a lot of horizontal scrolling to move through back and forth. It makes the script section dance around a bit unnecessarily.
Would you recommend keeping each Episode in a separate Causality file? (and in doing so lose all the precious cross-episode tagging, or is there a cleaner way to be able to write (for example) 5 books/episodes into one causality project? And if so, how is that easily organised?
Loving the software.
Hmm, I'm about to change a Causality file I started from a movie to an episodic series, if that's even supported. Fortunately, we've just started working on "Episode 1". What is the best practice in this case? Is there an episode object? All I see is a title/episode setting. Each episode in a streamer series has its own title. Is this represented graphically in Causality 3.0+? I assume this is represented as some structural break?
I thought of two extra things that could help with writing:
It would be great to be able to right click a beat and have the ability to locate it in the script, something like [SHOW SCRIPT LOCATION / SHOW IN SCRIPT]. As the script automatically jumps on some beat selections and not others. It would be great to have a direct way to locate a beat in the script.
Hybrid night mode:
So that all the elements/panels are in night mode but the script panel can remain light. (creating another way to draw focus when writing). Scrivener implements this.
Do you know if the Tag inspector will come back?
By the looks of the video, being able to see all the scenes that contain a tag looks very helpful whilst not disabling/altering the timeline/script with the filter method.
Being able to view beats under each collapsible tag just as you had it in the inspector was what I was looking for in managing my tag work-flow.
It's very important that you keep everything in one file, or they become two completely separate projects with no relation to each other whatsoever, no shared research, no long storylines, just two completely separate books that have nothing to do with each other.
If there's something that's disruptive in the UI about that, these are things we should analyze. In general, we haven't done a lot to smooth out multi-episode workflows, because it's a new concept in the writing world, and frankly nobody really knows what's ideal. So we're trying to get field experience with what's needed.
The only thing we've done with high confidence is the episode filter, so you can work on one episode at a time. But this is still only the use case of someone working specifically on one episode. It looks like you're jumping around a lot between the episodes. For that kind of work, I'm not sure any kind of boxing-in of the episode would work, because you exactly don't want to be boxed.
Is it possible that it's actually the animations that are tripping you up? Would your experience be different if the script and the whiteboard jumped? You could imagine that it might be better that we actually jumped instead of scrolled if you were going to a different episode. You could also imagine a feature where we jumped instead of scrolled when the distance is greater than X pages. You could also imagine a feature to completely disable animations (although I do think they do a world of good for understanding where you are and whether you're going up or down).