Shout out Sunday – Scrivener

Lana PecherczykAll6 Comments

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.

What about you – do you have Scrivener? If you do, what do you like the most. If you don’t, what do you use?

6 Comments on “Shout out Sunday – Scrivener”

  1. I’m lost without Scrivener. I’ve been using it for about 4 years now, and it has proven invaluable. As for what features I like most, I’d say the compiler and the ability to drag and drop chapters around on the corkboard. Sometimes with stories involving many characters, it’s hard to time the different viewpoints, so drag’n’drop is a fantastic feature. Also the ability to compile a whole messy project into perfect manuscript format for submission is wonderful.

    I recently started using a new application by the makers of Scrivener. It’s called Scapple, and it’s fantastic. It’s basically a brainstorming app for planning a novel or project. Here’s a video explaining it:

    Thanks for the article!

  2. I love Scrivener, mostly for the exact same reason I used to hate Scrivener: there’s about 1 million ways to do things on there! My new favorite feature is the Scratchpad tool. I’ve used it twice now to just reason out points in a particular scene and it’s just great!
    Planning on becoming a power user!

      1. Go into the Tools menu, then click on Scratchpad. A floating window comes up over the main editor and you can type. It will keep the notes until you delete them. This is not the same as Document notes because the floating window can carry over from one chapter to the next if necessary.

      2. I noticed the window stays when you view your browser. So you can add a quick research, or ideas note. Thanks for the tip. I think I’m going to like that one.

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