Scrivener Project Management: Don’t Let the Beast Loose

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Keep a Lid On ItKeep track of a project at any time can be difficult. If your not able to do so things can become a monstrous mess that can consume the good intentions behind your goals. The same is true of managing a project in Scrivener.  So let’s take a look at one way to keep a lid on the beast of disorganization and it consequences.

I got an interesting question a while back so I’m addressing it today. A follower on Twitter asked about performance issues with Scrivener. It was a rather general question so I followed up by asking for more details.

The answer I got went something like this: the person asking about performance issues had a project that was opening/closing very slowly. A little further explanation indicated that the project was one that had been in use for several years with daily input during that time.

Options MenuIt wasn’t hard to imagine how large the project had gotten and there’s the rub. If you still have auto backup enabled on closing a project (recommended) then the project will backup and close once you exit. The larger the project, the longer the backup will take. Opening is a similar story sans the backup. Also, the larger the project the more computer resources will be used.

Here’s a personal feeling about this issue so take it for it’s worth. I wouldn’t recommend using a project for daily work that stretches for years – it will just get too big to open and I can imagine it would be cumbersome to manage as well. Personally, I have a few projects that I’m using throughout the year such as those for blog posts and newsletters. However, I intend to close these out at the end of the year and create new projects for these purposes in 2016. That way they are easy to manage and don’t get too large. Most projects aren’t used this way – such as a book – which will eventually be completed.

So what do you do if you have such a problem? Easy! Export older or new content (depends on how you want to do it) out of the project and then import said data back into a new project. This means that you are essentially going to split the project. Make sure to take a snapshot beforehand as well as having a backup to which you can revert (check your backup folder which is in your Options by clicking on Tools => Options => Backup, click the button to open the backup folder). Once you’ve confirmed you’ve exported and imported the data successfully you can trash what you exported out of the old project. After that, if you’re still having performance issues, contact Literature and Latte for more assistance.

Scriv Export

To export, select all the folders or documents you want to export in the Binder. Next, click File, slide to Export and click Files on the fly-out menu. There are options to choose such as the location & name of the folder where you are putting your data. There are other options showing but for these purposes only choose “Export Notes” & “Export Meta-data” since the other check-boxes will exclude data/content that you will likely want to retain.

Scriv Export Box

Importing takes a bit more effort. Before importing, assess what you are doing to know how complex the work will be. You must import individual files into specific folders if you want to retain your folder structure. First, create your new project and duplicate your folder structure to your satisfaction.

To import, choose the folder into which you will import and click File, slide to Import and choose Files to navigate to the location where you just exported. You must navigate to individual files so select all the files in each folder and all the content will be imported into the specific folder you already selected. If you haven’t made your folder structure too complex it shouldn’t take forever, otherwise it may take some time.

I hope this helps you iron out any performance issues you may have as well as manage a project that has grown in size or complexity.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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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The White Arrow Launch Party!

Quick Announcement:

If you’re arriving in the morning, please click over to support the Thunderclap campaign which will send out a social media blast at noon to announce the release of The White Arrow today. Thanks for your help!


The Thunderclap campaign was extended a few hours to give time for more support. The minimum has been reach but any extra is helpful!


Hello to all the visitors today! Thanks for dropping by Archer’s Aim today to celebrate the release of The White Arrow with me. There are several links you can click on to take part in the all day event. Please leave comments here or on any of the attached pages and I’ll respond. First let’s take a look at the main event:

About The White Arrow

The White Arrow is the third and concluding book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The first two books are The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind.


Bound to prophecy, his destiny balanced on an arrow’s tip.

Athson has found the Bow of Hart and is being pursued by his enemies as well as haunted by both his past and his failures. But according to Hastra the Withling, the prophecy of the bow indicates Eloch will send an arrow for its use. Magdronu watches for the appearance of the arrow and sets his plans in motion to regain control of his magic. With his sights set on Auguron, the dragon sends his forces on the attack while waiting for his chance to steal both prophesied elements that stand in the way of his ultimate goal. But when the arrow arrives, it is from a most unexpected source and lands in unforeseen hands, so that events twist like an arrow in flight. Can Athson overcome his past and his failures to use the Bow of Hart as intended against Magdronu? The archer and the bow await the coming arrow…

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Learn more about the Series

Today’s Festivities

Here are a list of fun events and features you can take part in all day long:

  1. Take this quiz and find out which character you are The Bow of Hart Saga. Feel free to share your results wherever you wish.
  2. Here’s the link for today’s stop on the blog tour where you can enter to win one of two $5 gift cards:

    Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

    Mello & June

  3. I’m hosting an all day Q & A over on my Facebook page where you can ask me any question – just find the latest post on the page. I’ll be back and forth all day until about 11PM answering questions and comments.
  4. Like interacting on Goodreads? I’m there too – just click this link and leave a question on The White Arrow book page and I’ll answer as soon as I see it.
  5. Want an autograph? You can get an e-autograph with a request here on Authorgraph. You should be able to import it into your ebook copies of the entire series.

I’ll post a number of announcements and other bits of news here, Facebook and Goodreads all day long if such thing don’t come up during discussion.

News and Discussion Topics

What’s Next for Me?

I’ll share more tomorrow but I’ve been asked by a few friends what I’m doing next as a writer. I do have several more projects in the works, however, I’m going to make The Bow of Hart Saga available in print starting with The Bow of Destiny later this month. From there, I’ll try to release An Arrow Against the Wind to print during November and today’s release, The White Arrow to print December. That’s not definite yet but those are the plans. I’ll be back in a little while and share a bit more for anyone interested. Thanks to everyone who’s viewed the post so far. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question! In the meantime, here’s the print cover for The Bow of Destiny:


The Real Spark Pt. 1: Mythical Books: Bound to prophecy – The White Arrow by P.H. Solomon

This is a post on The White Arrow blog tour about Spark – have a look!

Source: Mythical Books: Bound to prophecy – The White Arrow by P.H. Solomon