I may be missing something here but I see no need for columns. Just set the paragraph style with a large left indent.
That's fine until my client decides to add or delete text (which has already happened several times) or for that matter change the size of the book. This way I don't have to apply one style to text on the left page and another style on the right page but can rather add (at lease I would hope) a break of some kind. It will be much easier to fidget with those than reapplying paragraph styles.
Am I making sense or am I overthinking this?
Try using "Split Columns" instead of "Span Columns". Then you can use the column break to move the text over.
But using Away From Spine alignment would be smarter.
Remember that I have paragraphs that span the whole width throughout the book (see first post).
Edit to my reply:
Away From Spine does NOT do what you want (as you've already found out), so ignore what I said about that but you CAN use split columns on a one column text box. You'll just have to use two paragraph styles for the copy that spans two columns to control weather the indent is on the left or on the right.
Nope . . . That didn't work either. Well, I'm stumped. Sorry to waste your time.
Given what needs to be done here, I’d reconsider the design or find a good scripter to write a script that will fix alignment after changes.
Thanks everyone. I was doing all that I could to avoid multiple paragraph styles because of future revisions and edits. Ideally the split column would work IF there was the option of adding some kind of break that would allow the text to begin in the middle column and span the middle and right column.
You could also work with objects (rectangles) that would wrap your text in the threaded story.
Also create one master spread with an even page that will have a rectangle suppressing text in a text frame by "wrap" settings.
So you could apply that master page quickly to even pages where all text should start at a distinct horizontal value.
I think, this is the fastest method when future revisions come in and text is added or removed.
You could also use an anchored object that wraps text and will always position itself on even pages starting a bit below the baseline where it is anchored.
A logical place for the anchor position would be the last line of your GUIDED TOUR paragraph.
All that will require some work after editing is done, but you need not to change paragraph styles when an odd or an even page is reached by a certain amount and set of paragraphs.
And: Scripting is an option as well.
But I doubt it is worth the effort (and money).