Scrivener & Revision Strategies For Projects

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Scrivener LogoI received my edited manuscript back from my editor a few weeks ago. I’ve been working on the suggested structural changes. But one of the immediate questions I had was how to incorporate this back into my Scrivener project.

Back in January, I wrote about how to compile a manuscript. My purpose in compiling at the time was for my editor and I successfully turned a Word document over to her. But this leads to a slight problem. If the changes are in Word how do I get the content back into Scrivener?

Several options presented themselves when I considered the problem:

1. Create a whole new project and import the edited version into Scrivener.

2. Copy content back into the project one chapter at a time.

3. Within the project, create a whole new folder and import the new revision into it.

Scriv Import

I’m using the third option. It keeps the book in one project and allows me to refer to the previous revision easily. I could also import one chapter at a time if I need to do break my changes up more.

Fortunately, Scrivener allows choosing what to include/exclude while compiling so I can include only the newest revision. This is a simple process which is covered in my post about compiling.

Scrive Compile Select

Here’s a poll so you can choose your best choice:

What are your thoughts on these choices? How would you address importing edited content for a new revision? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I love and have used Scrivener for creating first drafts only. I wasn’t sure how to bring new versions back into Scrivener for edits. I may try creating a new folder within the project.

    1. I think my organization going forward will be to have a parent folder for each draft and import into that to manage and re-compile. I’ll likely also do my whole series from one project but then I transitioned into Scrivener from in the middle of my first book so I took it all piecemeal. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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