Guide to Manuscripts
Writing interfaceThe Writing interface looks like this:
The top bar has some options to toggle the sidebars, a button to add new chapters ("folders"), scenes ("texts"), or images. There's also a search bar (for both the Manuscript and your world's contents) and then some buttons to toggle between write, review and read (more on these two later). The left sidebar is the list of all chapters and scenes of your Manuscript. Click on any scene to edit it, and click on a chapter to get a detailed list of scenes. Clicking the Manuscript name will take you to the Manuscript's settings. Drag and drop any element of this sidebar to change its position in the structure tree. The right sidebar contains options for each of the elements of the Manuscript. Depending on the elements you have selected (Manuscript, chapter, or scenes) the available options will change.
Configuring your ManuscriptClick on your Manuscript title in the left sidebar to see all of the settings available, which will appear in the central section of the interface; use them to change the Manuscript title, the summary, the cover, and more. Use the Access tab to change who can see the Manuscript, and the Labels tab to set labels that you can then use to organize your scenes (note that these labels are only visible to you —they are meant to be used for organization purposes).
- Interface settings —change the font size, line height, and more. This will affect the text editor, not the Manuscript's presentation.
- Stats: including current manuscript word count, likes, and comments.
- Monetization options: use them to set your Patreon and Ko-fi pages, as well as a custom access denied and marketing messages.
- Exporting. You can use this to export your Manuscript in HTML format. You can also get a BBCode tag to embed the Manuscript anywhere on World Anvil.
- General information: change the chapter title, the synopsis, and some notes for yourself. You can also embed rich media (such as audio or videos), add a label (which you can configure in the Manuscript settings), set the POV character, and some tags.
- Chapter details: you can specify some details about the chapter, such as the time of the day, its importance in the plot, and others.
- Other settings: choose who can see this chapter. You can also use this tab to move the chapter to the trash.
Scene settingsThe main body of this interface has the text editor, where you can write the scene itself. The right sidebar has four tabs with different options:
- General information: change the scene title, synopsis, and notes.
- Tags and related article: use the second tab to change the tags, labels, and POV character of the scene. You can also add related article to the scene, such as characters and locations.
- Scene details: similar to the chapter details, add the time of the day, importance to the plot, etc.
- Settings: change if the scene will be private or public and get a BBCode tag to link to this part. You can also use this tab to move the scene to the trash.
Review interfaceClick the Review button on the top right to access this interface. The goal of this interface is to let you quickly organize your Manuscript's content structure. When you click on a chapter or on the Manuscript as a whole, you get a list of all of its contained elements. For a chapter, it's all of its scenes; for the Manuscript, it's all of its chapters:
You can use this list to edit the synopsis of each elements and set their labels. Clicking the pencil button will take you to the write interface for the selected scene, and the trash button will move the scene to the Bin. Use the buttons below to create new texts or folders within the selected element.
Read interface and publishing your ManuscriptThis mode is pretty self-explanatory. Simply click any folder or text to read it! The text you read in this interface will look very similar to how your readers will view it, so use it as a preview before publishing the Manuscript!
Publishing your ManuscriptSettings tab of the chapter (right sidebar). Note that published does not mean public: if the Manuscript is set to Private in its access settings, nobody will be able to see it (unless you assign subscriber groups). Likewise, you can make individual chapters private or available to subscriber groups —perfect for monetization opportunities! This is how your Manuscript will look like when you publish it:
Want to read this book? Check out the sidebar of this guide to see it live!Let's quickly unpack each of the highlighted section:
- Custom marketing message (red): you can set this text in the manuscript settings, under the Monetization tab. It will appear under the manuscript cover and also right before the comment section when you read a specific chapter.
- Quick Manuscript data (orange): under the Manuscript title you can see quick data, namely the Manuscript's world, completion status, views, likes, comments, and a word count.
- Backcover summary (purple): you can set that in your Manuscript's settings, under the Basic Details tab.
- Tags (cyan): set these tabs in the Manuscript's setting too. Language tags are displayed in cyan, and NSFW tags are automatically displayed in red.
- Table of contents (green): this is the list of folders (chapters) of the Manuscript. Each chapter all of its scenes, one after the other. If a chapter is set to private, it will have a padlock icon —clicking the chapter will take the reader to the access denied page.
To define a new tag, just use it anywhere. The new tag will the appear in the autocomplete list every time you start typing it within the same Manuscripts.
Pre-defined genres will display in green, while user-defined genres will appear grey. Languages included in the pre-defined list appear blue.
To delete the Manuscript, go to the Manuscripts page and click the Delete button. There will be a confirmation page, but this process is irreversible —be careful!
Creating a comic bookYou can also use Manuscripts to create comic books! Before getting started, make sure you upload all of the pages of the comic to World Anvil using the regular method. Then, go to your Manuscript, click the small arrow next to the green + button, and choose Image:
Then, in the first text field, type the name of the image you want to add. You can optionally add a caption that will appear under the image. If you want multiple images in a chapter, create an Image element for each individual file and make sure to drag them all under the same folder. Keep in mind that Manuscripts is not an image editor, so you can't use it to actually write speech bubbles or other textual elements inside the image.