If you plan to enter contests or submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher, you probably need to write a synopsis. Most writers I know dread writing the darn thing. In a few pages (usually in five pages or less), you are required to describe your entire manuscript, provide goals, motivations and conflicts for your main characters, explore their character arcs and include major plot points. Luckily, I’ve found a way which doesn’t totally get rid of the pain but does make the process less stressful. And I do it using Scrivener.
For the novel workshop I’m going to this summer (er, next month, yikes), I need to send people an outline. I had an outline already: a bunch of index cards stuck to my white board, color coded by point of view. Since taking a photo of it probably wouldn’t be helpful, I typed everything into Scrivener. (And forgot to take a photo of my white board before I took them all down.)
There are several different ways to add a Synopsis. You can add a synopsis to a file or folder at any point, either when you make the document or later on.