Importing A Scrivener File Into A Genre Template

In April, I blogged about discovering Jami Gold’s Romance Template and beat sheet, and a friend of mine asked how to incorporate her work in progress. At the time, I didn’t have the answer but can give some insight now.

If you “Pantsed” your way through Camp NaNoWriMo with a romance project, Jami’s template is an excellent way to get organized and recharged. All those feverishly written chapters can be lassoed into a logical storytelling order, and free you to hone and polish. And if you Pants like me, sometimes all that free-flowing storytelling needs to be stitched together logically. A template gives you structure to tell the story with all the sections needed to make it engaging to your readers.

Here’s how I did it.

Make sure you have backups of your Work in Progress just in case.

If you’ve created a new Scrivener fiction document and chose a genre template, it will open up brand new and ready for writing.

adding template

If you already have a work in progress and want to import it into the new template, it will take a little time and patience, but will be well worth your effort. After creating the new document and giving it a brand new unique name, back it up. Next, you’ll want to import your previous work in.

Under FILE, you’ll scroll down to IMPORT, then choose SCRIVENER PROJECT…  Select the Scrivener file you want to import into the new template. Once it’s imported, it will be in a folder marked “Imported Project”, probably beneath your Trash Icon. Open the Imported Project folder to make sure you’ve imported the correct project, then SAVE.


See the bottom folder that says “Imported Project”? Mine had 122 items in it. Yours could have much, much more, or less, according to the size of your WIP.



If your new project file is in Bulletin Board, the Imported Project folder should look similar to the picture above.

Right away you can prune out things you don’t need. Here’s where you save yourself a lot of grief. Your Characters are already there, as are your Manuscript Pages, just waiting to be dragged into the corresponding sections of your Binder. Some research may need to recouped, so DO NOT overwrite your original Scrivener project until all your data has been checked. SAVE the old file just in case.

Now save and backup before you start dividing up your new template driven project.

If you spot an error, please let me know, or have suggestions. Unlike my husband and eldest son, I’m no IT expert and am just sharing what I’ve learned.

Jami Gold’s wonderful template that I used can be found here: Jami Gold’s Romance Writers New Scrivener Template






2 Comments on “Importing A Scrivener File Into A Genre Template

    • Great! Glad you asked me the question about importing. One thing I noticed when just doing the copy paste of research notes is that html wasn’t moving over. Just an FYI.

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