Show Me Your Binder!

Thanks for posting your binder.

I like it.

Here is my current version of my binder, but I am looking for a better way to present it (see my question elsewhere on the forum re. mixing and matching different options under the ‘Use Color in’ menu).

Under ‘Part 1’ I have ‘Scene 1’, ‘Scene 2’ and so on, but by the time I got to the end of writing those scenes I decide that in ‘Part 2’ I would use a descriptive title, and I like that better.

My binder looks very much like @ownedbycats - Acts > Chapters > Scenes. Sometimes I break Scenes > Beats.

For one of the more innovative approaches I’ve seen of leveraging Scrivener’s features, see this post for a description of how @Silverdragon sets up her binder.

A month later, I’ve reorganized somewhat. Also couldn’t resist giving them less boring titles.

“Writing Desk” is drafts. Blue for stories, purple for chapters, pink for scenes.

“Cold Storage” is all finished stuff.

“Editing Table” is where I move stuff while doing heavy revising. Mostly because Writing History stores words written for Draft and Other separately and I’d rather have the negatives show up in Other. Also parts that got cut but too good to just throw away (might come in useful later!) and partly-written scenes I haven’t fit into the outline yet.

“Notes” is… notes. Backdrop Images is for composition mode backgrounds. And Trash got pushed off-screen.

Here’s mine. I color-code by faction (thread).

Here’s a Notion workflow on metadata:

Document Metadata

and here’s a Binder snapshot:

Thank you for posing this question. I am just getting started with planning my first book. I’ve had Scrivener for a few years and recently updated to the Win3 version. The images that others posted are appreciated. Over the last two weeks, I’ve browsed several videos on You Tube where authors demonstrated their story structure in Scrivener 3. I love getting sneak peaks into different structures and set-ups.

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First post on the Scrivener forum. I’m working my way through the tutorial and still getting my sea legs with Scrivener. I set up a Hero’s Journey template, so this is my binder (click on the photo to see it a little more clearly):

Thanks you all for sharing! So fun to see how you organise your projects!

Trying a new approach… with “sort of” structure from Save The Cat Writes a Novel in combination with Dan Wells 7point system.

So… Have all 15 beats from STC… but renamed beats to:

  • “0-6” for rough outline with multiple POV
  • “*” for other single scene beats,
  • “+” for other multi scene beats.


  • 6 folders, to track word count. 15 beats for POV for hero in the right order in these folders.
  • 1 folder “Unplaced” with beats 0-6 for other POVs. (You can only see one in the screen dump, I have one POV for Love, Hate, Past timeline/Other.) These I drag to the right place in folder 1-6, depending on where they match in the POV for hero. Folder “Unplaced” is empty when plotting is done.

Also have lots of keywords & custom metadata to keep me organized.


Very cool! Where did you set up your beats box? Is that in your Outliner? Or did you just set up a separate table?

The beats box is just a table in a document.

Wanted to minimise custom metadata fields (have tons of them for other purposes anyway), so only have custom meta data field % to track where single scenes should go.

This is my outline, as you can see i also added file for Death Moment, which is included in Save The Cat, but does not have a beat number.

One file = One scene. Don’t have folder for chapters…

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Wow, for your beats box, the Mac version of tables has more functionality than the Windows version. In Windows, I can’t change the color of the rows, only text color.

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Hi Ampan,

your Binder screenshot contains small numbers (in little circles on the right side). How to you get them displayed there and how are they maintained?

I’m searching for an option to show the “length” of a text to get a rough impression of it.


View > Outline > Show Subdocument counts in Binder.

By the way, these “counts” are number of documents, contained within a binder items, not number of words.

Scrivener automatically keeps them up to date.

By “length” I assume you mean “word count”. The Outliner is Scrivener’s best tool for quickly assessing word counts across the Binder. See the screenshot for an example. See the manual section 20.1 Goals and Statistics Tracking Tools for additional details.


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This is how I plan “word count”. Only set it on folder level, not documents.
I use structure from Save The Cat, so this is what it looks like if total word count is 80.000 words.



Excellent answer @JimRac ! :+1:

I’ve also adopted a similar approach to yours, inspired by @Silverdragon’s post here. :grinning:


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If it’s not yet clear @washbear, @Ampan’s screenshot is of the outliner view of a portion of Scrivener’s binder, including a custom metadata column they’ve titled with the % sign and maybe the target number of words set on each folder, I think. Every row is a single folder or document, and the different colors are controlled using the View->Use Label Color In menu.

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Correct, I have posted different screenshots… both of binder, outline with metadata, and a table in a document. :slight_smile:

So as I work on my 2021 Nano, My binder looks like this:


The two documents that are colored are two that I hit a wall while writing and I need to go back and clean them up. I think that when I do the rewrite, I am going to add parts to this story because it takes place in phases… That will be fun…

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Mine is a regular text file set up in the binder with a table inserted, and not in outliner view. I did figure out how to adjust the column widths, but you have to do it when you first set the table up. I don’t think they can be changed after (no dragging the column lines, unfortunately).