Scrivener Tips & Resources

Getting started

Watch the very helpful official L&L tutorials, which you’ll also find a link to each time you launch a new project.

Check out some of the features in our blog post 29 Reasons Why We Write Our Books with Scrivener

Importing your Word document

If you’ve already started writing your manuscript in MS Word and want to use Scrivener instead, there’s no need to cut and paste chapter by chapter.

Use Scrivener’s import function to pull in your content and split it into chapters in under 2 minutes.

Using built-in templates

There’s no “right” way to start using Scrivener. You can set up its binder structure any way you want. Native options include:

  • blank template, where you start from scratch
  • novel (in the fiction area), creates your project in standard novel format, with sample chapter, scene, character sketch and research areas
  • novel with parts (in the fiction area), creates your project with a slightly more complex structure (consider “parts” to be “acts”)s

Using external templates

If you’re ready to use a more complex structure, Scrivener easily imports templates that other users have created.

After you download these, unzip the folder, select “Import Template” from the Options drop-down menu at the bottom left of the Project Templates screen. They’ll then appear in the Fiction window.

Most templates come with instructions on how to use them included.

scrivener templates

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