Scrivener Template

Twiddling my thumbs. The WIP (Eamonn Shute) is at the endgame and I can’t flog it to agents until after at least the mid of January.

The next one I’m working on (G’Day L.A.) is in the bottom drawer, locked away until February. The urge to get it out (the book, you pervs) is strong, but if I don’t leave it that long it won’t look fresh enough. I need to re-read it like I’ve never seen it before. A longer delay would be even better, but I don’t have that kind of patience.

I’m starting some preliminary research on the next book. It will involve EMP and Air Traffic Controllers and stuff like that.

Very, very preliminary stages.

So I doodled around with the new Scrivener, 2.0 (for MAC. I doubt this works for PC. Would love to know if it does). Edit: Works just fine with PC version

I’ve built a template (right-click and save-as to ~/Library/Application Support/Scrivener/Project Templates/) for four part novel writing, with tags for the FPP, pinch points, ‘All is lost’ moment, etc.  If you open a new project with it, you’ll be all set up and ready to go.

Edit: Note that OS X arbitrarily adds .xml to the file name. You need to remove that extension for this to work

(~ refers to your user name on your Mac. In my case it is tony/Library/Application….)

Some of Larry Brooks great stuff is in here, but it’s just the high points, the tip of the iceberg, where you should go for all the details.

Enjoy, modify it to your hearts content, but whatever you do, keep writing.

[edit, some question about where to put it, how to use it, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s a couple thousand words…]

The file folder to save it in looks something like this:

Here's where it goes.

Save it in this folder

Once it’s saved there, you access it when you open a new project in Scrivener and selecting ‘Fiction’ along the side of the templates window, something like this:

Select the 'Novel (with 4 parts)' template

…and away you go.

If you have any problems, leave a comment and I’ll try and help you out. If you’ve made it work with older versions of Scrivener, let me know.

Happy writing!

About Tony McFadden

A writer of thrills, suspense and mystery. On the beach.
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7 Responses to Scrivener Template

  1. Curtis says:

    I appreciate your comments on Storyfix. I like down-to-earth. Also, thank you for the Scrivener script. I’m still fooling with it to save it properly. I saved it as
    my user name /Library/Application Support/Scrivener/Project Templates/ to
    ” Library.” Was it supposed to open as a separate option in the template option screen after Scrivener 2.0 opens? If so, I am doing it wrong. 🙂 Any suggestions? Thanks

    • I’ve added a couple of pictures that should make it clearer. Let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck.

    • I just noticed another option. Save the template where you want (desktop, for example) and then when you get to the point where you open the template you want, select ‘Options (bottom left of the pane) and ‘Import Template’. Browse to where you saved it and presto-gizmo, you’re there.


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  4. Stephen Wong says:

    Thanks for sharing your Scrivener template.
    I finally worked out why I was having trouble importing the template. When I downloaded the file on my Mac with Safari, it appended the file name with “.xml”. Must be some fancy built-in feature because Firefox doesn’t do this. As soon as I removed the file extension, the Import Template worked like a dream. For the record, the file name should be “Novel(with4Parts).scrivtemplate” not “Novel(with4Parts).scrivtemplate.xml”


    • Yup. It’s stored on my server as “Novel(with4Parts).scrivtemplate” without the xml. Not sure why it’s appending that, but at least you’ve got it working now. Hope you find it useful.

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