How to Use Scrivener to Organise and Write a Novel | Ask Me Anything on Writing Ep 002

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Hello, Writers!


Welcome to the second Ask Me Anything on Writing Episode. From this episode onwards, I’ve made a few changes to this show. The most significant is I will only answer one question per episode to keep the AMA show short and to the point. I’ve noticed that a lot of the content on this channel tends to run on the longer side, so I want this to be a little different. But, due to the topic of organising and writing a story in Scrivener*, this video will be a lot longer.



One of the difficult things about being a content creator is dealing with difficult people. While the majority of people who reach out to me are nice and have legitimate issues with using the template, the one percent aren’t, and it ruins my day. It costs me about $50 a month to send this free product. And, I’m tired of people being rude to me via email. Most of you have been great and an absolute pleasure to create content for, but that one percent has ruined it for everyone.


So, it saddens me to share this with you. But, I will no longer be providing the three act structure Scrivener Template anymore.

In this AMA on Writing episode, I discuss:

  • What you can expect from the new Ask Me Anything on Writing Series.
  • This week’s question about scrivener and organising a story.
  • There’s no right or wrong way to use a writing tool like Scrivener.
  • How my writing process has evolved over the years.
  • Two things you need to know about how I write and use Scrivener.
  • Tips for people who like to write by the seat of their pants.
  • Two helpful definitions for people who do not wish to outline.
  • What is a scene in a novel?
  • A useful definition about writing your first draft in chapters.
  • Creating that page-turning effect.
  • How I use Evernote to flesh out my story idea.
  • Why and How I use Excel to outline my books.
  • Editing my outline before I start writing the first draft.
  • Importing the information from Evernote and Excel into Scrivener.
  • My Scrivener file at the editorial feedback stage.
  • Organising the story details in Scrivener.
  • Organising my story outline in Scrivener.
  • Research notes in Scrivener.
  • Character profiles and why I create a profile for every character.
  • A different outlining organisational technique (great for story structure).
  • Writing the first draft in Scrivener.
  • When and How I divide my story into chapters.
  • Three things to consider when splitting your novel into chapters.
  • Manage the many versions of my story within Scrivener.
  • Why I keep my deleted scenes and how I organise this in Scrivener.
  • Revising a story in Scrivener and organising revision notes.
  • Working with an editor and making changes to the manuscript in Scrivener.
  • A quick summary of the tutorial.
  • Considering the genre of your novel as you break the story up into chapters.


For a list of timestamps for the above, bulleted-list then check out the pinned comment in the comments section under the YouTube Video.


Concluding Thoughts

As always, I have an important question for you. Did you love this episode on how I use scrivener to organise and write a novel? Let me know by sharing in the comments section below, a tip you leaned from the video.


Thanks for watching. 

Amelia xx


Amelia D. Hay

Written by Amelia D. Hay

I’m Amelia. When I’m not hosting the Authorpreneur Podcast™️ and the Book Nerd Podcasts, I write Mystery Novels under the pen name A. D. Hay. And, I’m the author of Suspicion, the Lawn, and the Candidate.

On this blog, I help new writers to finish their first draft, prepare their manuscripts for professional editing, and when they get stuck in the first draft phase or are confused about the revision process.

Right now, I’m editing and preparing my soon to be published mystery novels, Suspicion, Duplicity, 24 Hours, and Immunity for publication.

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