4 Easy Steps In Scrivener to Create an Microsoft Word .docx File

1. Compile

You’ve written your first draft in Scrivener. Congrats! To start your structural edit you’ll need to import your manuscript into Fictionary.

Before importing, your manuscript must be in Microsoft Word .docx format. The Scrivener compile function will do the work for you.

Open your manuscript in Scrivener and click on the compile button as shown below.

2. Add Scene Separators

For Fictionary to organize your chapters and scenes, there must be a scene break indicator between scenes.

When you click on the compile function, Scrivener displays a compile screen. Under Compilation Options select Separators.

Then select “Custom” under “Text separator” as shown below. Type in a text separator character.

Choose a character that is not used anywhere else in your manuscript. I like to use the tilda ~ character. You’ll use this character on the import screen of Fictionary, so remember what you chose.

3. Generate Chapter Headings

Next select “Formatting” under in the “Compilation Options” menu as shown. Under “Override text and notes formatting”, select “Title” beside “Level +” (with the folder icon).

This will highlight the text from the Chapters on the left in yellow. You can see I’ve named my Chapters beside each folder as Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. If you prefer to use chapter names instead of numbers, you can put the name after the word Chapter.

4. Export Into Microsoft Word .docx

You’re ready to convert your Scrivener manuscript into docx format. Select “Microsoft Word (.docx)” as your compile option.

Click the “Compile” button and your manuscript will export.

Import Into Fictionary

You’ve created a .docx file for your manuscript, and it’s ready to import into Fictionary.

Send us an email at Helpful.Editor@Fictionary.co if you need help 🙂

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