Timeline - Chapters
This article covers Chapters, which are the horizontal headings listed across the top of the Plottr Timeline, allowing you to organize your book’s linear progression.
What this Article Covers
Here are some things to know about Chapters before diving in:
- Chapters are laid horizontally across the Plottr Timeline and auto-numbered by default
- You can add unlimited Chapters to the Timeline
- You can manually edit Chapter headings
- You can change the auto-numbered Chapter heading (e.g. to Scene or Beat) and styling
- You can drag and drop Chapters to move them around the Timeline
There are three ways to add a chapter to the Timeline:
- Hover your mouse next to a chapter and click the plus (+) button that appears:
- Scroll to the beginning or end of the Timeline and click the plus (+) button that appears:
- Hover next to a scene card and click the plus (+) button that appears:
To edit an individual chapter title:
- Click the title of the Chapter you wish to edit OR hover over the Chapter title and click the pencil/edit icon that appears
- Update the Chapter title
- Click Enter / Return on your keyboard to save
To delete a chapter (and its Scene Cards):
- Hover over the name of the Chapter you wish to delete
- Click the trash icon
- When prompted, click “Delete” to confirm
To move a Chapter (and its Scene Cards) to a different part of the Timeline:
- Hover over the Chapter you wish to move
- Click and hold the Chapter you wish to move with your mouse
- Drag and drop the Chapter onto its new location
There are a few advanced Chapter features you may wish to use.
Creating a Prologue
By default, Plottr’s chapters are auto-numbered, starting with Chapter 1. However, you can add a Prologue without interrupting the built-in auto-numbering.
To create a Prologue:
- Click on the Chapter 1 Heading
- Rename the Chapter 1 Heading as “Prologue”
- Now the second heading will read Chapter 1, followed in sequential order by Chapter 2, etc.
Configuring the Auto-Numbered Chapter Headings
By default, Plottr’s Chapter Headings are auto-numbered, starting with Chapter 1. However, you may wish to alter these auto-numbered headings to read as Scene or Beat or Episode, etc.
To change the auto-numbered Chapter Heading:
- Click the "Structure" button on the Timeline
- Update the word "Chapter" to your preferred heading title
Configuring the Chapter Heading Styling
You can adjust the font-size, color, border, border style, and background color of your Chapter Headings.
To change the styling of your Chapter Headings:
- Click the "Structure" button on the Timeline toolbar
- Update the styling options of your Chapter Headings