Wonderful that such a topic can provide such euphoria
Well, it beats blasting your brains with alcohol or hallucinogenics by a wide margin (And by "blasting your brains" I don't mean enjoying a glass of beer or wine now and then!
It sounds like you want the chapter's paragraph style to enforce the numbering
I think that's what I wanted to say. Since I'm not sure that I
correctly, let me rephrase.
Let's say I'm writing a novel. The novel begins with chapter 1 (obviously). Now when I'd apply this hypothetical "chapter numbers" paragraph style
for the first time, it would place a big, fat "1" smack in the middle of the upper half of the (first) chapter's first page
(Currently, I have to trick Nisus into doing so by (1) inserting a "standard text" formatted paragraph at the top of the page
with only one, empty line and only then (2) inserting a "chapter number" paragraph with boasts a space of whooping "240pt before". If I wouldn't do that, i.e., insert the "chapter number" formatted paragraph first, it would place the number at the top of the page
regardless how much space I set "before". I think this behavior has already been discussed in this forum.)
Then, when I apply the "paragraph numbers" paragraph style
for the second time, it gives me a big, fat "2" smack in the middle etc. etc. of the first odd page
after the last page
before that, and then a "3" and so on. As far I understand, applying a list style
to such a paragraph style
wouldn't work with "normal" chapters as I'm using them now (i.e., creating a new document for every new chapter) since the "list" obviously would always start with a "1" but in a setting in which I could enter all "chapter numbers" in one document, it would surely work.
When I could have what you call a "running head/header" (or footer; I suppose that, technically, this would be the same) running along with the chapter numbering that gets the automatic numbering from the chapter number, it would be just what I meant.