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Tech Talk: How to Import Templates into Scrivener

Today I want to talk about expanding the use of Scrivener for your writing by incorporating templates into your writing project.

At a glance, here are some of the Fiction templates that are included, or can be added as extras, for Scrivener:

scrivener templates-fiction

Some of the obvious ones that are not standard with Scrivener are the “Hero’s Journey Novel Template” and the “Mystery Novel Template”.  If you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you may recognize the “NaNoWriMo Novel” template that should be included with your trial version software of Scrivener.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am going to show you how to download the “Snowflake Method Template”, available at This template is based on Randy Ingermanson’s “Snowflake Method“. When you download the file, it is going to come as a .zip so you will need some kind of software to unzip the package to your Downloads folder (Mac) or maybe your My Documents folder (PC).

After you’ve unzipped the file, it’s going to appear as a .scrivtemplate file.  All Scrivener files use this file extension and it’s only usable in the Scrivener program.

Now that we’ve got the file, how do we add it to Scrivener?

Great question!

Open up your Scrivener program.  It should open to the default screen with all of your template options.

importing templates with scrivener

Click “Import Templates”. This should automatically open a pop-up window with where your template file is stored (Ex. “Downloads” folder).  If it does not, you may need to browse through your folders and teach Scrivener where to find your template at.

Select the file and click “Import”. It should now appear in the “Fiction” section of Scrivener’s templates.  If you want to download a template into a different area (ex: non-fiction), you must make sure that the category is selected and viewable before you select “Options” and go through the steps.  It will import the file into whatever category you are currently viewing.

It’s pretty much that easy!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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