That time I made you a Scrivener Template or two

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This post is part of my Scrivener Quick Tips series

I can’t remember who it was, but a long time ago, in a Twitterverse very, very close, someone was complaining about the Scrivener Novel template.  Specifically, they didn’t like how you had to create more chapter folders manually.  The thinking was, “It should do it for me.”

Now, I can see their point of view, but I can also see the pov of the software developer.  You can’t please everyone all of the time.  Imagine if there were dozens of novel templates – a five chapter version, a ten, a fifteen and a twenty.  A lot of people would complain about too many choices.

A core philosophy of Scrivener is the ability to use as much or as little of the software as you need.  It’s designed to make it easier for you to get the writing done, however you work or write.  I use it differently than you will.  You’ll use it differently than I do, and that’s okay.

Having said all of that, I did see merit in the idea of having a Scrivener Template where I didn’t have to do a whole heckuvalot of setup, IE, create a bunch of folders, or sit there right-clicking and choosing ‘duplicate’ over and over.  So, I created a Scrivener Template that does it for me.

This template is simple; it’s the Novel Template, only with 30 numbered Chapter folders already set and ready to go.  Each Chapter folder has 3 Scenes inside.  You can use as many, or as few, as you want/need.

To use this template:

  1. Download my Scrivener Template absolutely free right here
  2. Save it somewhere on your HD
  3. Note: Yes, it’s a Zip file. That’s because of the way Scrivener creates a Project – which is actually a bunch of files and folders together, which means I have to create a Zip file for you to use instead of a ‘single file’ – which also means, you’ll have to unzip the file
  4. Open the file using Scrivener – either by double clicking the file itself, or launching Scrivener and choosing Open and navigating to wherever you saved the file
  5. With the file open, choose File > Save as Template and give it a unique name – I went with ‘Novel with Chapters’
  6. Now, when you choose to create a New Project with Scrivener, your Template will be there ready and waiting!

Quick disclaimer – I use a Mac with Scrivener 2.6. I’ve no idea if this Template will work for the Windows version.  I’m pretty sure it will.  But no promises.  Sorry.

2k-10kNOW – having said ALL OF THAT, I wanted to add a little something more.

I’m a huge fan of Rachel Aaron’s writing book, ‘2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better and Writing More of what your Love’.  It is a GREAT book.  The first to break through my own problems with outlining.  I’ve read it twice.  The second time, I built a Scrivener Template to take advantage of what Rachel was teaching me.  And, after asking her if it was cool (and being told yes!), I wanted to share that template with you today as well.

This template is simple; it’s the template I describe above, only with special sections to help build out your story from idea to full-fledged novel.  Those sections include Idea, Characters, Plot, and Setting.

To use this template:

  1. Go buy Rachel’s Book.  Look – it’s just $0.99!  And this template won’t make a lot of sense until/unless you read the book first – so go grab it!
  2. Download my Scrivener Template absolutely free right here
  3. Save it somewhere on your HD
  4. Note: Yes, it’s a Zip file. That’s because of the way Scrivener creates a Project – which is actually a bunch of files and folders together, which means I have to create a Zip file for you to use instead of a ‘single file’ – which also means, you’ll have to unzip the file
  5. Open the file using Scrivener – either by double clicking the file itself, or launching Scrivener and choosing Open and navigating to wherever you saved the file
  6. With the file open, choose File > Save as Template and give it a unique name – I went with ‘Novel with Chapters and Extras’
  7. Now, when you choose to create a New Project with Scrivener, your Template will be there ready and waiting!

Quick disclaimer – I use a Mac with Scrivener 2.6. I’ve no idea if this Template will work for the Windows version.  I’m pretty sure it will.  But no promises.  Sorry.

So there you have it.  A couple of Scrivener Templates for you to start the year out.

Wait – why are you still here?

Go.  Write.

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10 comments for “That time I made you a Scrivener Template or two

  1. January 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I have the book. If I don’t write both better and faster, I will hold you personally responsible.

    • Patrick Hester
      January 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Understood, Captain!

      ~P

  2. JR Holmes
    January 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Thanks for the templates. To set them as Templates for future use, I needed to open them and then select File, Save As Template.

    You can actually export them in the .scrivtemplate format rather than as actual .scriv files.

    On the Project Templates screen, highlight the items you want to export and use the Options drop-down in the lower left and select Export Selected Template which saves the .scrivtemplate file to a convenient location.

    • Patrick Hester
      January 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Hi JR,

      Yeah – I know about exporting Templates. I did it this way so people could check them out before setting them as Templates – plus – I thought it might help people understand how easy it can be to create Templates of their own! 🙂

      ~P
      @atfmb

  3. Linda
    January 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I use Windows. This downloaded into Scrivener just fine once I tracked down where I saved it to 😀 Thank you very much, Patrick. it looks wonderful!

    • Patrick Hester
      January 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Linda – awesome! Thanks for letting me know and glad you liked it 🙂

      ~P
      @atfmb

  4. pswann
    January 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Downloading book now. Thank you very much for the templates.

    • Patrick Hester
      January 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      You’re welcome!

      ~P

  5. January 17, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Sorry it took a while to get round to it, but just to let you know…
    Scrivener 1.7.3.2 beta (64 bit) on Ubuntu 14.04 (KDE) — Opens fine, everything present and working. Saves fine as a template. All good.
    Thanks muchly for making this available.

    • Patrick Hester
      January 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Hey Kaal – thanks for checking that out. Good to know. Glad you like it 🙂

      ~P
      @atfmb

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