Okay, so maybe you’ve heard about this – or not. Scrivener is a program written for writers specifically. Before you say anything, know this: I am a program snob. I love my mac. I’m a graphic designer, and more often that not, I head towards the really expensive options because so far, that’s what’s served me best. But when I came across Scrivener after a month of dastardly NaNoWriMo results, and couldn’t believe that software costing under a hundred dollars would affect my writing process so much.
Here are the things I like about Scrivener:
- You can export directly to ebook with chapters, sections, covers and links.
- You can keep all of your writing and your research notes, character notes, setting notes etch in one folder visible from your writing project screen
- There is a split screen option so when you want to go back over some crazy intel you put in the first chapter but don’t want to lose the spot you are editing, it’s very handy
- You can drag and drop character, setting and other research files to each new project.
- Word count tracker and a tool that tells you which words are overused.
There’s much, much more to discover and there is also a workshop on how to use this program pretty much everywhere. If you are in Perth, where I am, here is a workshop by the prolific author Natasha Lester, just before NaNoWriMo.