novel template vs novel with parts template

Hi There, I’m brand new to Scrivener. I’ve read most of the tutorial but I want to start as I have an idea that I want to get on “paper”. What is the difference between a novel template (fiction) and a novel with parts template?
Thanks very much.

As the name suggests, the “Novel with Parts” template gives you a structure in which the top outline level is not a “chapter,” but a “part.” Chapters are nested under parts, and scenes are nested under chapters.

It’s important to remember, though, that the templates are just starting points. No matter what template you start with, you still have the same unlimited freedom to reorganize things as your project evolves.


Thanks Katherine. I sort of get what you said. The most important is that I can reorganize! Yay for that. I will start writing and figure it out along the way.


What you might want to do is review the templates list, pick a few that look interesting and maybe even a few that don’t, and create empty projects from them.

I did that when I first started using Scrivener, and it was a quick way to see how projects can be structured in a variety of different ways. You can always delete them when you’re done.


Thanks Jim. I tried saving something as a template and then saw that the information was displayed in the new manuscript… I was trying to figure out what was the best template for down the line.
I’ve used Final Draft for script writing so I’m familiar with outline views (that Scrivener uses as well) but Final Draft has 1 template. I don’t know the ins and outs of the different templates here. I will do what you suggest though and try saving a variety to see how they organize info and how they look. Take care. Louise