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Your Novel This Month on Sale

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If you haven’t picked up yor copy of Your Novel, This Month, this is the time

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NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

The Manuscript Shredder’s NaNoWriMo Plot Point calendar is now a Scrivener template.

The plot point calendar I complied last November that also became the basis for my book Your Novel, This Month has gone through a few updates. Its second incarnation was as an excel spreadsheet created by author P.J. Friel (Thanks so much!) Get the Manuscript Shredder NaNoWriMo Calendar here This spreadsheet allows authors to make notes along side the plot points to keep their story on track. It also provides a place for authors to put in their own word count goals. This means that you can easily check your pacing in a longer or shorter works.

Now, I’ve moved those plot points into a Scrivener template so that authors no longer need to have separate programs but can keep all their notes in one place.

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template
Get the template here

The template was made in the previous version of Scrivener, but I have had it tested in the new version.

[UPDATE: I had a problem with Google drive adding an .xml extension to some users’ files. The file name is “NaNoWriMo Plot Point Template.scrivtemplate” If google adds .xml to your filename, just delete the extra extention and you are ready to go.]

How to import:

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Splash Screen

Open Scrivener. If the new project splash screen doesn’t open, go under File>New Project

On the splash screen go to Options>Import Templates

Find the template file and click ok

The Template should appear under the “Fiction” tab

Select NaNoWriMo Plot Point Template

Name your project and we are ready to go

Taking a look around


The notes from Novel Format are the same notes included with the standard Scrivener Template. Ignore those for now.

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Overview in corkboard mode

The Manuscript outline is divided into 5 categories. The first four are part of the standard plot point calendar. I have included a separate section for the Love interest because these are optional and their position within the outline is flexible. If you plan to have a love interest, move these scenes into the outline wherever you need them.

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My notes are only on the “Folder” level

The template is organized so that my notes are on the ‘folder” in the synopsis. This means they will appear in the outline as you are planning your scenes, but they will not appear anywhere in the complied document (even if you click the wrong tab) and you are free to make your notes in the scene synopsis.

In outline mode you can see the plot goal as you are trying to flesh out your scenes

When you compile, I suggest removing the section breaks and keeping the chapters. (Either rename them or, if you use numbers, remove the auto chapter counting when you compile.)

I hope this template makes planning your novel easier. Best of luck on your next project.

Have any good Scrivener tips? Add them in the comments.

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Monday Writing Roundup-August 20

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Citing Photos in WordPress from Adobe Spark

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Monday Writing Roundup-August 13

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Let The Manuscript Shredder help with your next book. Order your copy of Your Novel, This Month today

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

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Your Novel This Month Release Day

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Publishing Pitfalls IWSG

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August IWSG

Today is a crazy busy day with the release of my book. Yes, it’s today!!!!!

Here’s the link

your novel this

Ok, enough of that.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover,Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

August 1 question – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Actually, since today is the release of my first self-published book, I’m going to ask all of my IWSG people to give me advice.

I feel like I’ve done the best that I can with the tools that I have, but the problem falls in the grey area of how much can I justify spending to release this product? Can I really justify spending thousands of dollars on marketing when the chances of a positive return on investment are slim to none? These are the questions I am currently wrestling with and I’d appreciate some real answers from real writers.


Did you hire an editor? What stage? Did you feel it was worth the expense?

Did you have a professional cover designer?

How much and where do you spend on marketing?

Targeted ads or social media book blasts?

What about thunderclap or other social media strategies?

What kind of marketing was effective? What was a bust?

Did you do a blog tour? Was it worth the time?

Did you pay for web hosting?

What other author expenses do you have? Which ones are necessary?

These are just the few that I’ve thought about, but since I’m a newb, I’m sure I’m missing most of them. Let me know where you felt your writing budget was best spent. I’d love to know about your experience


To continue on this bloghop
ISWG bloghop link

Working with a Cover Designer

Working with a Cover Designer

What it’s really like to work with a Cover Designer This week I am excited to talk with the author P.J. Friel on her experience working with professional cover artist Damonza for her debut paranormal romance A Twist of Wyrd. Ms. Friel, who designs covers for […]