The Timeline is Prewrite's primary editing space. You add scenes one at a time and track your content on a two-dimensional grid.
# Story Elements
The items listed in the leftmost column are all the available story elements you can address when writing a single scene. We will cover each in more detail under Writing a Scene, but here is a quick introduction to each:
Heading, Action, Notes - These items directly translate into the content of your script when you download your project to Final Draft.
This section is collapsed by default, but if you click the header with the arrow, it will list the entire cast and allow for drag and drop sorting.
Consistently addressing your theme gives your story more meaning. You can track four distinct ways of addressing theme: Explored, Challenged, Stated, Symbolized.
# Emotional Value
Helps track whether each scene introduces better or worse circumstances than the previous.
# Plot Threads
Organizes subplots, setups and payoffs between scenes throughout the story.
# Featured Image
An image that helps convey setting and tone for each scene.
# Timeline Features
# Show and Hide Rows
Stories are complex. Sometimes you may want to focus on just content and theme for example. This menu allows you to display only the story elements you're currently working on.
# Jump to Scene
Simple enough. Click the scene number and the timeline takes you there.
# Zoom In and Out
Zoom in to view a few scenes side by side. Zoom out to quickly identifying where you might be missing content. Zoom way out to render your content as icons and view story patterns at a glance.
# Sort Characters
If you click the Characters heading in the leftmost column, it will display the entire cast as a sortable list.
# Rearrange Scenes
Click and drag a scene to move it anywhere you like.
# Add Scenes
# For Desktop
Drag and drop a new scene to any location in the story's timeline.
# For Mobile
Click the large add button to enter a mode where many smaller add buttons are placed along the timeline. Click the one in the desired location.