For this article, I assume you already have Scrivener installed. If not, go grab it here and follow the instructions to install it. You’ll need the Windows version for this tutorial.

Side Note: It if you don’t want to commit yet, don’t worry, Scrivener offers a trial version that gives you thirty days to experiment and see if it is for you.

Side Note 2: If you experience any problems during that process, let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to help. I’ll write a full post about the installation process, somewhere in the future.

OK, enough with the side notes. 🙂

Once you have Scrivener installed and you open it for the first time, you should see the this:

Scrivener Template Wizard
Scrivener Template Wizard

On the left side is a list of categories of type of projects, and on the right are the templates themselves.

Side Note 3: We are not going to go over all the settings in this window as our goal is to start writing, so…

Go on and click on Blank as shown on the image below, then in the Save As field.

Enter a name for your new project. You can put whatever name you want.

Scrivener Template Wizard Blank Category of Templates
Scrivener Template Wizard – Blank Template

Click on Browse and select the location(folder) where your project will be saved.

Scrivener Template Wizard - Select a location
Scrivener Template Wizard – Select a location to save your project.

Once that’s done, your screen should look like this:

Scrivener Template Wizard - Create Project
Scrivener Template Wizard – Create Project

Notice the name I chose for my project ‘My Very First Novel‘.

Now click on Create:

Scrivener Template Wizard - Click this to Create Project
Scrivener Template Wizard – Click this to create your project

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This is the window that should be visible after you clicked on Create.

Scrivener typical new blank project
Scrivener typical new blank project

Congratulations!
You can now stop procrastinating and begin writing.

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