Before we begin, practice healthy creative habits: Clear your space of clutter, set aside some time to focus and spend 2-3 minutes doing your Daily Free Writing before you begin. See Lesson 2 for more about DFW.

We’re entering the homestretch so let’s take a look at exporting our Scrivener document into Word. We can use this to read through everything or to just share it for feedback. (Note, I’m on a Mac, so if you’re on a PC your options might look a little different).

To export in one document you have to compile. In Scrivener, go to File >> Compile:

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Then you’ll get a dialog box that looks like this:

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My example project happens to be a fiction format, so you might have something that looks slightly different. The very cool thing about Scrivener is that you can really tweak all these settings to get it to look however you want… so you can continue to edit and write your book to completion in Scrivener and export it to the precise requirements of your editor, agent or publisher.


So I just set it to compile to Rich Text and leave the rest as is… Then press COMPILE.

When you do that it’s going to prompt you to save it somewhere. Pick a name and location and click export.

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Today is feedback in the FB group day!

Here is what I get for mine…

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And so on…

Today is FB Feedback day!

Okay so you have just three more days to finish this outline and send it to me for your review. But you can post your outline today in FB and get feedback from your peers. To participate go to the Facebook group here:


Go to File:

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Upload your file and ask the group to take a read! Then go ahead and read/comment on at least three other outlines (I know, but that’s how sharing works).

1Daily Free Writing
2Export your Scrivener outline as a compiled RTF doc
3Share your outline on the private FB group for feedback
4Read and comment on at least three other outlines