Authorpreneur Nuts & Bolts #4: How to Use Scrivener (The Basics)

Welcome to the fourth part of the Sterling & Stone Authorpreneur Nuts & Bolts video series for self-publishers.

Scrivener is, at this time, the best word processing software for self-published authors. This is the first of many tutorials about Scrivener, and within this video you’ll learn the basic organizing steps you need to take before writing and (eventually) publishing your book as a self-published author. Over this and the next several videos, we’ll teach you how to use Scrivener to best organize, write and then publish your book.

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We aim to make this series the best single resource for self-published authors to learn HOW to publish their books, so help us out by telling us what YOU want to know in the comments.

About Garrett Robinson

Garrett is a long-time Sterling & Stone buddy and the author of such works as the Nightblade and Realm Keepers series. You can find him on his website,, or follow him on Twitter. He also has a Patreon page where you can contribute to all the free art he produces every week, in exchange for free copies of his ebooks.


  1. Garrett, that was clear, easy and well done. The only question I have is when you are importing work from shitty programs like Word, is there a better way than just copying and pasting the text files into Scrivener?
    Anyways, thank you for showing us how to do all of this. Keep it up and don’t let it go to taint.

    • Garrett Robinson says:

      Unfortunately I don’t know of a better way than copy-paste. It kind of sucks, but then Word kind of sucks in general!

    • Blaine Moore says:

      My method for importing is to import the word document (or other file) as an RTF, which creates a single document inside Scrivener. Then, I’ll scroll down to each chapter, highlight it, and use the Split at Selection with Title option (cmd+shft+K, I think?) which will automatically split the rest of the text into a new sheet titled with whatever I highlighted.

      It’s a bit manual, but means I don’t have to rename each sheet after it’s created. Alternatively, you can put a character at the start of each chapter (such as # or “ or `~` or whatever you want) and use the import and split option, which will look for your character string and automatically split the document for you.

  2. robert bucchianeri says:

    This is great! Thanks. I’ve had Scrivener sitting on my desktop for months and been meaning to teach myself how to best use it but being somewhat tech phobic I”ve procrastinated. This will allow me to jump in and save time. Your tutorials are clear and easy to follow…

  3. Thanks Garrett, this is an extremely helpful and completely kick-ass series! I might be able to finally finish my Non Zombie fan fiction short I’ve been working on. Keep up the great work.

  4. Dave Long says:

    Can you do a video on how to just write?
    Once I hit chapter 1, do I have to move that to the manuscript folder?
    How do I tell scrivener I want to creat a scene? Do I have to move that scene to the chapter folder?
    How do I tell scrivener that I want to create the next chapter?

    I can worry about everything else once the book is completed

    Thank you

  5. I’m still waiting to see a response to Dave Long’s questions. I’d like to know the bare minimum just to get started. The rest can be learned over time.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t think Garrett will be finishing these off. But there are a lot of YouTube videos with basic Scrivener tutorials if you do a search. So sorry, Robert.

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