One of the most popular parts of Scrivener is the ability to use, create and modify the way things work, so as to improve the way you use Scrivener.
However, once you’ve found the best layout, font, and or functions, saving them as a scrivener template allows you to re-access them when you start a new project.
Scrivener templates are fantastic for helping us writers structure our work, make and refer back to notes as we write, and to keep all our research for a project in one place.
So, how about getting your hands on scrivener templates that have already been created for your use?
Read on to discover –
- Access to a professionally designed fiction template
- Downloadable non-fiction template
- List of other free scrivener templates
- How to install a Scrivener template
- How to create your own
Also, if you’d like to download our free professionally designed Scrivener Templates, just click here!
Scrivener Templates For Fiction
If you want to use a template for your fiction project, you have basically two options – use an existing template or create your own.
The advantages to using a pre-made fiction template are that –
- You don’t need to know how to create templates on Scrivener
- The story structure is provided for you, so you only have to write
- You may be inspired by something found in a template which you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of
In its simplest form, a fiction template consists of folders for chapters, an outline, a place for your research, and blank front matter to make it easy to export and format your fiction project.
At the other end of the scale, complex fiction templates exist which help you to follow advanced techniques such as the snowflake method.
It’s worth taking the time to try out several templates rather than settling for the first one you come across. Experiment to find the right option for your needs and make changes as you see fit. One of the great things about Scrivener is how quick and easy it is to modify or entirely remove parts of a template you don’t find useful.
Scrivener Templates For Nonfiction
Nonfiction Scrivener templates are often a lot simpler than their fiction counterparts.
This is due to the fact that while a fiction project may require a complex story structure, with the word count carefully distributed among a three act structure for maximum impact, a nonfiction project almost always consists of a series of chapters, without any particular need to think about flow or chapter length.
The essential elements of a nonfiction template for Scrivener are a place to outline your work, separate folders for each chapter, a place to store your research (possibly divided into topics or themes), a place to take notes, and the front matter ready for when you export.
List of Other Templates To Download
Below is a collection of other author’s templates for you to use:
Story Structured Stylized Fiction Novel Templates:
Blogging Templates for Scrivener:
Academic and Research Templates
Outlining and Structuring Templates
How To Use and Install A Scrivener Template
After you download a Scrivener template, you will see a file which has the extension .scrivtemplate.
When you open Scrivener to start a new project, click on options, like in the image below.
When the Options menu opens, click ‘import templates’, like in the image below.
After you open your Scrivener template file, it will open in Scrivener as a new project. You can then proceed to work as normal.
How To Make Your Own Scrivener Template
Making a Scrivener template requires no specialist knowledge. If you can use Scrivener, you can create a template. Template creation takes place within the main Scrivener software.
To create a template, simply set up a project the way you want, ensuring that the actual content is left blank. For example, you would create all of your folders, cork board cards, and texts, without actually filling in any of the information. So if you had a research folder, it wouldn’t actually contain any research. You want to make sure that the icons are changed to the most useful and appropriate options, that the trash is empty and all of the meta data is clean.
When you are sure you have followed the above steps, it’s time to convert the project into a template. In the main file menu, you will notice the option ‘save as template’. Warning! Save as template is separate from the main ‘save as’ section, situated lower on the menu.
After you have saved your project as a template, you will have a file in the format .scrivtemplate. You can then easily open this in your own version of Scrivener for future use, or share it with others.
How to Modify Scrivener Templates
Sometimes, you’ll find a Scrivener template which is more or less what you’re looking for but contains aspects you don’t need or is missing something you do need.
If that’s the case, it’s super easy to modify the template and save it as your very own. Before getting started on the actual project (in order to keep the content blank), delete, add or change the parts you want, then click ‘save as template’. This will give you the exact, customized Scrivener template you need.
Some of the things you may want to consider switching up include –
- The icons used (consider your own system of icons and color coding)
- The notes on the corkboard (check these fit your requirements first)
- The way the research is divided up (your project probably has specific research needs)
- The style of the front matter (perhaps you don’t want a dedication page, for example)
Once you’ve made all of your modifications, and clicked ‘save as template’, you will be the proud owner of a customized .scrivtemplate file which you can use time and time again without having to repeat the same modifications.
Scrivener Template Takeaways
By now, we’ve learned that –
- Scrivener templates are available for almost any type of writing project
- You can use Scrivener templates to allow you to focus on writing
- Scrivener templates can be adjusted to your needs and easily saved
What are some of your favorite ways to use Scrivener templates? Do you prefer to avoid them altogether? Let us know in the comments!