I've been working this week on the next Scrivener template in my writers' resource collection -- a mystery novel template. While it won't be ready for release this week, I want to give you a chance to weigh in. Tell me what you want from a template. What would help you write your next mystery novel?
When I was moving the first draft of a mystery novel from Word to Scrivener, no existing templates really served my needs. They were either too general or I didn't feel like they offered enough templates to help me work through the story. So I created my own.
I've stripped my project down a bit to create a blank template anyone can use. But I'm also adding some resources that I didn't include in my personal template. For example, in addition to the draft section I included a section for planning or outlining your novel -- a suspect chart, clue list, etc. -- and I included a section for promotional content tied to the book. The idea is to create an all-in-one Scrivener template for mystery writers. Any writing related to your book will have a home there.
Here's a preview of the Binder view to show you what's in there already (though I'm still building a few of the resources):
Obviously stories will differ and I can't include everything. But I want this to be as useful as possible. So tell me, what would you like to see included here?
Are there other templates that might be helpful besides the character and setting sheets (the protagonist, antagonist, and victim have special versions of the former)? Should I go beyond giving you a place to record common research, and actually link you to some recommended resources where you can learn about things like police procedure? Should the promotional material involve tips or full templates (where it makes sense -- like a press release)?
Tell me what would make this Scrivener template work for you, and I'll do my best to release a comprehensive template publicly some time next week.
I appreciate your suggestions!
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