Writing a series on Scrivener

I’m writing a long ten book series, with ALOT of notes on world building and such not related to just characters and places.
I’m new to the application, and noticed it has project folders for novels, but cannot find one for a series.

How would you recommend formatting on Scrivener?

Scrivener is not for formatting. Focus on the writing.

If you haven’t already, be sure to review the Interactive Tutorial, available from the Help menu.

You can create as many folders and subfolders as you like, breaking your project down to whatever level of granularity you want.


Do the folders follow the same principles as the Character and Setting ones? Or are those specially encoded to be present throughout the whole document?
Really new to this; so I don’t know all the specifics.
Would a single project of that file size slow the application down?

I don’t use the novel template, so I can’t answer your questions on this - but you should find the answers in the templates section of the Scrivener Manual (under the Help menu) - Chapter 6.10 I think.

No, it should not, unless the individual documents (i.e. chapters and/or scenes) are very large or contain lots of images or large images. One of the key advantages of Scrivener is that it is designed in such a way that it only takes from your hard disk into memory the documents you’re actually working on at the time. People successfully use Scrivener to create projects that are very large overall.

I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand the question.

The Character and Setting folders have document templates assigned to them. You can assign templates to folders you create, or not, as you prefer. But any folders you create are going to be visible in the Binder.


I found this article:https://gwenhernandez.com/2014/10/16/writing-a-series-in-scrivener/

Might be helpful? I think it’s a matter of personal preference.

FWIW: I created a Book 1 top folder to archive the finished book of my 5 book series, then command selected the three acts and moved the finished book from Manuscript to be under the Book 1 archive folder. After that I made new Act folders and began outlining Book 2 under the Manuscript folder. All the character data, research, etc. I had for the first book of the five book series is still there. So far it’s working just fine.


Starting with the “manuscript” aka “draft” folder, you can create individual folders for each book. Inside each of those, you can have a series of chapter folders with scene documents in them, or a series of chapter documents without any chapter folders if that’s the way you prefer to break your book into chunks.

You may have to adjust the section types that are automatically assigned (I suggest you really look into the tutorial or online guides on how to do this), so that what you think of as a chapter assigned the “chapter” section type, what you think of as “part” folders are assigned the “part” section type, etc…

But once you’ve done that, the compile dialogue has a few settings, such as letting you choose a sub-folder of the Draft to use as the source of your compiled document; just choose the “book 3” folder as that source, and it will ignore the book 1 and book 2 folders.