My custom short fiction template for Scrivener is available for download

Earlier in the week, I posted about how I created a custom short fiction template for Scrivener. A number of people asked me if I could make that template available for download and I have now done this. You can download the template here:

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A few things to keep in mind about this template:

  1. It was created in Scrivener 2.1
  2. It has only been tested on the Mac. I have no idea if it will work in Scrivener for Windows
  3. Download it as-is. I’m happy to share it but I have no time to support or enhance it.

Here is how you install the template:

  1. Download the file
  2. Unzip the file on your desktop
  3. Move the file into the ~/Library/Application Support/Scrivener/ProjectTemplates folder

Once you’ve done those steps, when you create a new project in Scrivener and choose “Fiction” you should see the template appear in the list of available templates. Enjoy!

ETA: You can customize the template to include your own contact info on the First Page Header document. Once you’ve made the changes, go to File… Save As Template to save your customizations with the template.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

6 replies on “My custom short fiction template for Scrivener is available for download”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ll try this out on my next story.

    I usually just reformat things in Word once I’m done (esp. since I’ve got something weird going on with Scrivener so that it never formats text properly no matter what I do), but I like the first page template and the idea of keeping critiques in the file.

  2. I don’t know if this problem was answered but the correct way to bring the template into Scrivener is to save to the desktop, click on File, New Project in Scrivener. At bottom left of the choose a template screen is an Options button. Click this and then Import templates…
    The rest is straight forwardly obvious.

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