We have updated our text editor and creating your skrawl just got a whole lot easier! After hearing feedback from our users, we realized that we needed to simplify our writing process. The new text editor has a few more features in comparison to the old editor as well.
**Tips 1-5 are more primarily for writing stories, articles and debates on skrawl. The text editor for scriptwriting is slightly different, which is addressed in tip #6.***
1) Autosaves your work when writing. Previously, users had to click the save button below the text box to save the work they had done. Now, after a few words, the system saves it automatically!
2)Automatic word count. The system counts the amount of words you are writing, while writing. That way you are able to know whether or not you are close to the word limit.
3) Edit a published bit. You can edit a bit that was published privately, as in when asked "Who Can Write On This Bit", you selected "Just Me". However, autosaving will be turned off, otherwise everyone would see your edits as you type!
4) Writing A Little Above The Word Count. Users made the point that even though there was a word count, they wished to have the ability to write just a little more to finish their statement. The system now allows a few more words and sentences past the word limit so that your stories, scripts, articles and/or debates are never cut short.
5) Interactive customization banner. We simplified the customization banner by letting it follow you as you write. You can change anything into bold, italics, indented, Header 1 and Header 2 by simply highlighting the word, sentence or paragraph you want to change. What does text in each header look like?
** The tips below are for scriptwriting on skrawl. For writing a "script" on skrawl, we have provided a few features that will allow formatting your content much easier.
6) Perfect for scriptwriting. The new editor is also perfect for scriptwriting here on skrawl because of the interactive banner following you as you write.
#1) "Scene Heading, Sub Header, Fade In"
When you want to write a header for introducing a story and/or exiting a scene such as [Ext - Johnny's House - 2PM], type your text, highlight it, then click on the lowercase h (#1 out of the 7 buttons).
When you want to write the action occurring in the scene such as, "A couple (Mel and Cherie) are standing in the neatly trimmed yard.", type your text, highlight it, then click on the director's clapperboard (#2 out of the 7 buttons).
#3) "Character cue"
-When you want to write a character's name to allow them to have dialogue, type your text, highlight it then click on the stick figure profile image (#3 out of the 7 buttons).
-When you want to write the dialogue of a character, type your text, highlight it then click the quotation marks (#4 out of the 7 buttons).
-When you want to write subtext/subject action, such as (coughing), (laughing), (staring), (sarcastically), (CONT'D), etc, type your text, highlight it then click the parenthesis-ed ellipsis (#5 out of the 7 buttons).
-When you want to add a change in scene for example (CUT TO:), (MEANWHILE), etc, type your text, highlight it then click the arrow pointing to the right (#6 out of the 7 buttons).
#7) "All Caps"
-When you want to capitalize something for example a character yelling, or emphasis on a subject, etc, type your text, highlight it, then click the capital A (#7 out of the 7 buttons).