Organizing Scrivener’s Binder, Part II

Why do I love the research folder so much? Because Scrivener allows you to import a chockful of file types among them: RTF, web pages, images, OPML, PDF, and videos

In this tutorial, a number of folders will be created that will include character and location templates, images, web pages, PDFs and even some video. First, a confession: I love templates and scour the interweb to download any I might find useful. If I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for I create my own.

In the Finder, I created a new folder titled Scrivener Templates and when I find one I like, I save it there. I recently stumbled upon a very detailed outlining template that was created two months ago by Caroline Norrington. I’m always looking for different ways to outline, structure, and plot so I thought I would give this one a try because I have a vague idea of what Under the Hazelnut Tree is about. I only know that it deals with the collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and  it’s a ghost story.

After I downloaded Caroline’s template on my desktop, here’s what I did:

1. Opened a new Scrivener Project

2. Selected the Fiction tab

3. Went to the footer where it says Options and selected Import Templates, which opens the Finder.

Now I have this new template and I want to see how it looks. I name it, save it, and WOW! It’s so detailed that it’s overwhelming, but she has templates and other items within the project that I want to use and can import into my own project. Here’s what it looks like:

Carol Norrington Template

Carol Norrington Template

To import the entire project template, go to File->Import->Scrivener Project.

Importing a Scrivener Project

Importing a Scrivener Project

The Finder window will open, find the project in your files, and hit import. Once it loads, the entire file will be located under the Trash Can.

I’m interested in in the Template Sheets she designed, which are moved into my Research Folder. I’ll also keep Sample Ouput which includes PDFs on how the manuscript should look after it’s formatted as text, as  a paperback, and an image of an ebook. And I’ll move Writing Tasklist, which includes the Snowflake Method and the 31-Day Method. The rest, I trash.

A few things to note: First, I couldn’t import this project template into my Windows Notebook, using Scrivener for Windows. I’m running Windows 7 and it’s been very glitchy for a long time.  Second, when I imported the project all icons were intact (this is for the Mac version) The Template Sheets weren’t formatted as templates, but to do that go to Project->Set Selection as Templates Folder (This option is only for the Mac version; for Windows, you can save each of the docs as templates. Go to File->Save as Template). 

I’m interested importing files from webpages and PDFs that relate to the Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. So I am creating in the Research section two folders titled SCW and ALB, respectively. To import a web page, go to File->Import->Web Page.

Now that I’ve imported a few pages, I’d like to import some documentaries from YouTube, using the same process. One thing to note, if you download the video from YouTube, it immediately works, but if you want to view it at a later date, sometimes an error message appears. Not to worry because at the foot of the editor, you’ll see the linked URL appears. Click on that and it will take you directly to YouTube.

The last import will include some images that are either in my files or on the web. Again, I use the same process as above. Finally this is how the research section of the binder looks:

Research Section of Binder

Research Section of Binder

You may have noticed that I have different types of icons representing characters and setting. For Mac users only: To change folders into icons, go to the action menu, select Change Icon and from the submenu choose whichever icon that appeals to you.

Changing Icons

Changing Icons

Next time we get some writing done with the Editor and learn more about its nifty features.

2 comments
JaySames
JaySames

I'm confused about the template you imported. Am I right in saying that this is just an outline with a sample/suggested story-arc structure, i.e., labeled but empty folders? And if so, by putting the template into your research section you plan to only use it to reference the structure, not to add actually text? Please say more. I was totally thrown by this step, even though I've been using Scrivener for nearly 2 years now. Thanks. 

Rebeca Schiller
Rebeca Schiller moderator

@JaySames What I did was I pulled parts of Caroline's project template that I would use such as the character templates sheets into my research section because I like how she developed those. The rest, I dumped.  Eventually I will be filling in those sheets with my information.