Pointers for NaNo Outlining

I’m new to Scrivener and NaNoWriMo. I’m after some advice about the best way to approach outlining for my particular circumstances. I will be doing most of my actual writing away from Scrivener (on an Alphasmart), so would really benefit from having a hard-copy of my outline and research notes. But I want to use Scrivener to pull it all together and manage word counts, so would prefer to keep synopses etc to folders rather than documents.

I guess what this boils down to is: how easy is it to get a hard copy outline from folder notes? And if I went down the other route of putting synopses in documents, how easy would it be to separate manuscript and outline documents, for the purposes of manuscript/outline export and manuscript word count?

Any suggestions welcome.

cheers, Mike

If you haven’t seen the Alphasmart and Scrivener thread below. Be sure to check it out.


How I do this is I use the synopses and then use the compile screen and just print those out. I also simply upload each synopses (or even shorter… just an objective) in each slot in my alphasmart and I am ready to write like the wind at the write-ins. I can do word sprints and then upload each written file back into the appropriate Scrivener slot. (The word count feature is great!)

I explain it in more detail in the above thread and don’t want to repeat myself here but feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have. Or better yet… post directly to that thread.


Thanks, that makes sense. I was thinking it would be a lot of fiddling about in the compile screen, but I see you can save your compile options as a sort of shortcut, which will make it much easier. I did look at the other thread earlier, but only skimmed it. In fact, I added to that thread to alert people to alphasync, which is my preferred way of transferring between Mac and Neo.