Under Construction – Templates and Scrivener

Under ConstructionLike any construction project, your writing is only as good as the foundation. With Scrivener templates can play an important role in creating your next writing project and the ease with which you progress. Templates can be like blueprints for your projects so let’s take a look at them today.

I’ve recently written about uses for Scrivener such as blogging and various email message templates. I received a comment from my most recent post sharing Scrivener templates for blogs, one from AllIndieWriters.com and the other posted at ThaddeusHunt.com. This is excellent information for those interested in blogging with Scrivener.

Templates are easy to make with Scrivener and they provide you a way to design basic projects of various kinds.

But how do you make a template should you want to create one yourself? It’s rather a simple matter. I’ll describe it and provide some links with screenshots.

BlueprintsWhen you have created a project with all the configuration you want for a basic project click on File => Save As Template. Name it and choose the location to where you want to save it. Now you have your template. Click here for a post with screenshots.

When you want to use the template you must import it. Here’s how:

When you start to create a project by clicking File => New Project the New Project window opens.

In the lower left click options to expand a menu and click Import Template.

Navigate to the template to choose it and you are ready to import your template.

Here’s the link for screenshots showing how to import the template.

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Interested in more templates for specific projects? Here’s a list of links for templates to download. Some of these lists have some overlap but I’ve found a few interesting ones I’m going to use.




Book Cover Green Top & Bottom CoverIf you know of any templates please share below in the comments. I’m thinking about a bigger use for Scrivener and a template for it. Check my downloads page for free templates!

I’ll make an appearance on 8/13 in RRBC’s Book & Blog Block Party. Then I’ll be on The Lost Bow Blog Tour from 8/14-20. I’ll post more news about the tour as it becomes available.

And one final tidbit – for those who might have seen it on my Twitter feed, I’ve been contacted by a teacher about including The Bow of Destiny in her curriculum. I don’t know much at this time other than it’s being considered. If it is, I’ll share more information ASAP. It’s interesting news at this point and another great reason to write!

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P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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  1. Thanks for an informative post, P.H. I love using Scrivener but have never taken the time to understand the templates. This is a great starting point to something that should save me considerable time!

  2. P.H. you’ve done it again. I love the information even though I don’t understand it all. That’s because I never used the products. I could have used it for my new release as I had a difficult time with the manuscript. I never heard of Scrivener until you and some other sources talked about its benefits in developing your story. I paid an editor to do that for me.

    1. Scrivener is an wonderful tool. You can download a trial version to look at it. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Another author friend had to explain this to me the other day, because I couldn’t find the “AppData” folder it said my template should be saved in. My friend said it was a hidden folder and if I wasn’t logged in as an administrator, I wouldn’t be able to see it. Well, I should be administrator since I’m the only user on my tablet, but he walked me through using the search function (from swiping the right side of the screen), typing %APPDATA% into the search box, then clicking local. From there I was able to click Scrivener, then Scrivener again. Which also helped me find my compile presets.

    1. Hidden folders are hidden by default in Windows. You can unhide by opening Windows Explorer (not IE), click on Tool and then Folder Options. Then click on the View tab. Toggle on “Show hidden files, folders & drives”, then uncheck and then uncheck the next 2-3 boxes depending on your version of Windows. Were you trying to copy a template elsewhere?

      1. Hey thanks, that tip worked to unlock hidden folders! No, I wasn’t trying to copy or move it (though after I found it, I DID copy it to somewhere I could find it later). I was trying to load it into Scrivener for a new project, and of course it makes you browser for the file location.

      2. Ok, the best thing if you are downloading a new template from somewhere is to save it to a known location and import from that so it appears in your list of templates.

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