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Today’s post continues to explore the short story strategy and, in particular, how to control line spacing.

  • As per my blog post of 23 April, you will have used the Scrivener short story template to set up your project for a short story destined to be a competition entry.
  • Then, from my blog post of 29 April, you know how to control pagination within the compile options, so that your entry is anonymous.

Today, in line with competition rules, the focus is on line spacing. Many competitions require double line spacing.

Double line spacing

Controlling line spacing, for the first time, might seem a bit long winded. But, follow these steps and, trust me, you’ll grow to appreciate how powerful Scrivener is for formatting.

Deep breath! Select your Short Story folder in the Binder and then select File / Compile.

The Compile window defaults – first time through – to the Contents option (on the left hand list). Thereafter, it defaults to where you left off.

Compile short story strategy

Notice the tick on the Pg Break Before column against the Story folder. This was to separate the First Page Header from the text of your short story. See this blogpost for a recap on setting up page breaks.

Now, select the Formatting option in the left hand list of compilation options.

Compile formatting level short story strategy

Notice that the box ‘Override text and notes formatting’ is ticked. And that the line spacing is set as a default to 2.0. So, Scrivener has set up the double line spacing for you as the default.

Double line spacing is the default?

Yes! However, explore some more!

When the Level 1+ row is highlighted, in the binder, the text documents of that level are highlighted in yellow too. See that the spacing control is greyed out.

To activate this option, so long as the box ‘Override text and notes formatting’ is ticked, you can click anywhere in the dummy text area, to turn that grey (un-actionable) to black (actionable).

Scrivener compile short story strategy

Only then can you click on the up/down arrows to choose which particular line spacing you require.

Scrivener Compile line spacing short story strategy

However, as I say, Scrivener’s default for the short story template is double line spacing.

In the next post, I’ll focus on headers and footers, so you can include the story title, and the page number, on each page.

If you’d like to see a demonstration of this Scrivener feature, or to ask me any questions about using Scrivener, register for my Simply Scrivener Special series of webinars. The next series of 12 starts on 6 June 2017. Free. 60 minutes Q&A with me.


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