My next Scrivener template is now available for download: a murder mystery novel template.
This one is based on my own template that I've been using for my upcoming mystery series. It allows you to plan, outline, and draft your next murder mystery all in one project file. Plus, there's a place to write up some of your promotional copy, like your book launch press release and author bio.
The research folder contains some links to recommended research material on murder weapons (blades, firearms, and poisons specifically) as well as some links to resources covering police procedure and forensics.
There are character sketch sheets customized for your sleuth, killer, and victim, plus a more general character worksheet template you can use for minor characters. Similarly, there's a special setting worksheet for your crime scene and a more general setting sketch sheet for other settings in your novel.
Download & Install the Template
This project template should work for both Mac and Windows Scrivener users. Remember that you have to import the template; you can't simply try to open it like a project file.
* Please remember to unzip / extract the Scrivener template file from the compressed (.zip) folder that you download. You must do this before importing the template into Scrivener. Also remember that you must either copy and paste the extracted template file into the folder on your system where Scrivener templates are stored, or you must import the template through Scrivener. In the Windows version, for example, you go to your File menu and click "New Project." On the next screen, go to the Options mention near the lower left corner. Choose "import templates." Find the file you extracted, and Scrivener will import the template for you.
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