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Scrivener is where I live. I’m planning the next novel, two screenplays and a couple of short stories with it and it’s amazing how fluid the software makes the process. I genuinely think this is the biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.
This is what working writers need - it does the core stuff well, and doesn’t force extra functions down your throat unless you want them. I'd thought it was yet another hobby app at first but this is genuinely for working writers with real deadlines and monster workloads.
Word is dead to me now. Scrivener has helped me to organise and streamline and plan and execute while also making the whole slog of novel writing an absolute joy. In such a short time it has become an essential piece of software. I don’t know how I would manage without it.
To put it plainly, Scrivener has been a game changer. Anyone who has other responsibilities time is a rare commodity. With Scrivener, I am able to get my entire project organized and planned out. No more wasting time trying to find notes. It’s all in one place - waiting for me to do my thing.
Longtime user of the awesome Scrivener. As a video production professional, it’s pretty much revolutionised how I go about planning and laying out shoots for clients. It’s also a great solution for getting all the information in one place about a certain client or project.
Being a professional writer isn’t about waiting for the Muse, it’s about being able to sit down, day after day, and work. That takes more than creativity and inspiration, it requires craft and process. This is where Scrivener is awesome! Writing itself is the easy bit - building, planning, developing and drafting stories is where the hard work is done. Scrivener brings order to the story chaos in my head.
As a writer, changing software is a big deal; I’d got used to how to write in MS Word, even if that meant the usual glitches I’d come to expect from the industry standard software. I was used to scrolling through page after page of manuscript to find that one spot where I wanted to rename a minor character, or drop in a clue to the identity of the villain.
Before I discovered Scrivener I used index cards and thumb tacks to find the narrative arc of a piece. Audio tapes were in one shoe box, my videos were filed somewhere else, the photos I use to capture details were somewhere else still. Now everything’s in one place on my computer, linked and intuitively accessible.
Scrivener is made for me. It does everything I want, and showed me how to do things I need. It’s changed my entire workflow for the better, and has me thinking about stories in a whole new way. For comic strip or comic book writers, I couldn’t even begin to recommend Scrivener enough.
Scrivener allows me to see the structure as it emerges and made it a piece of cake to move it around when needed. I have no idea how I would have kept track of everything without software that’s designed to allow you to manage such a big and complicated text as a novel. Thank you.
Scrivener has been nothing short of a revelation — I mean that quite seriously. It has made the process of writing novels an absolute joy: I no longer struggle and fumble with the mechanics of a word processor. The program disappears from your consciousness — it just works, sort of like how the iPhone just works — and that is the mark of brilliant design.
It’s an incredibly powerful, yet flexible, toolbox. There’s never any sense of being overwhelmed by a writing project when you use Scrivener. You can hold an entire book (or number of books, come to that) in a single project, but at any moment in time you can focus on just the stuff you want to focus on. The rest of the project melts into the background until you’re ready for it.
Scrivener saved my business novel, Rolling Rocks Downhill, from the scrapheap. I’ve been using MS Word since 1989, and I happily used it to write the first three (rather weak) drafts of my book. But then I got stuck. I knew I needed to restructure but, honestly, I couldn’t find the structure of what I’d written hidden amongst the 100K words.
Scrivener is simply amazing. It has completely changed the way I’m able to construct my crime novels. Writing my 14th book with Scrivener was a huge pleasure from beginning to end. There’s no way back now. Book No. 15 is already in the making. Scrivener is an excellent writers tool. Looking back, I wonder how I could ever have written a book without it. Therefore, I highly recommend it to all my colleagues out there.
Thank you for the excellent and extraordinary work you’ve done on Scrivener; anyone can write a sodding book but it takes cojones to produce a writer’s toolbench like this. Having played with it for a couple of weeks, it's now up and running in anger. My workflow is now complete. Scrivener has done something unforgiveable: removed my last excuse for idling.
And now it’s love. Proper head over heels. Scrivener is amazing. He’s — sorry, it's — everything I could dream of in a word processor. Where to even begin? Everything about him — sorry, it — is incredible. Intuitive. Adaptive. User friendly in ways I couldn’t ever have imagined from my mispent youth with other computer programmes. I never knew I could feel this way about anything I could download legally.
I’m convinced that without Scrivener, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my book in time for my deadline. I needed to organize and transcribe nearly 100 interviews while working on Buttonless, and Scrivener is designed beautifully to accommodate such a daunting task. Sifting through and formatting hundreds of thousands of words is unbelievably easy, and the program runs surprisingly smoothly even on my now-aging Mac.
After days of searching for the perfect piece of writing software, my editor solved it in a single word: Scrivener. And I haven’t looked back. Scrivener allows me to connect and organize my ideas and made writing my first book a joy. It is now an integral part of my writing arsenal and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Your program is amazing and has completely changed the way I'm able to write. I’ve used Scrivener over the past year to script a number of documentary and narrative projects, and have been blown away by how easy Scrivener makes it to organize my thoughts.
Like many other authors, I wrote my first book on Word. I had folders full of research files, character sketches, timelines, creative musings, themes, cut scenes, etc. It was a true mess. At any given time, I had about 10 files open simultaneously so I could refer to all of my notes but I wasted much time constantly searching for the right file.
I've tried all kinds of outliner programs and have the most upgraded standard word processing programs, but only Scrivener seems to do what I need it to do. I can sketch out the pitch in index cards, fill out the related documents with all my research, and then easily jump around in the split screen to reorganize as I write.
Scrivener allows independent authors to publish their work, in a variety of popular formats, with the click of a button. The results are magical.
So Bravo to my new friends at L&L for creating a truly wonderful tool for the modern 21st century writer. I pledge to sing the praises of Scrivener far and wide throughout the land!
When I started drafting my first novel, I learned quickly that word processors are terrible for writing books. I tried every other writing tool I could find. Scrivener was the best and it wasn’t a close race for second place.
I write faster and more efficiently than I ever did with Word, and revisions take half the time. The freedom to customize and utilize as many or as few features as you want makes me wonder why anyone would continue to use Word when Scrivener is available.
Scrivener makes it very easy to write your story in whatever order you like and then effortlessly move the parts around. As a novelist, I find this essential. However, the most outstanding feature of Scrivener is the ability to compile a project in Mobi and epub formats.
By offering a non-linear writing platform, Scrivener gives writers the ability to approach their work in a spontaneous, flexible, innovative way - which enables a more creative result. Scrivener is worth every penny: quite simply, it’s the best writers tool there is.
I am a software user idiot, and that’s being kind. I don’t like to spend time figuring out programs, and when they’re exceptionally complicated I just shut down and go away. Scrivener does do all sorts of amazingly complicated things, but I don’t have to do amazingly complicated things to figure out how to make it work.
I know books were written before Scrivener, but I’m not sure how. And I certainly don’t care to find out. This program made it possible for me to think, compose, edit, and effectively use research, all while protecting the good people of Brooklyn from thrown laptops. Scrivener is the Bruce Lee of word processors.
I’m not sure how I ever wrote without Scrivener. The flexibility in managing scenes, the ability to consolidate all of my story notes in one place, the dead easy process for formatting and exporting publish-ready PDFs and ebooks, and the CORKBOARD -- have I mentioned the corkboard?? Scrivener has a lifelong fan in me.
When I referenced that link, long lost now, about how much research Chabon had on file about Oakland history as background, I immediately thought, "Aha!" -- and I took Scrivener’s 30-day trial option. Just five days later I was already convinced and paid my $45, not quite believing how inexpensive it was. There’s no question in my mind now that it is the best investment I ever made.
Scrivener was essential in helping me organize the copious amounts of information I’d gathered about the nonsense going on in Washington. It made the process of writing a book about political malfeasance and partisan machinations much, much easier.
Scrivener’s binder was a key ingredient to my success. It served as an outliner when I was getting started and a table of contents when I finished. In between, it allowed me to easily reorganize the material as I figured out what I wanted to say and how.
I run a large medical research group in advanced imaging sciences. I recently started using Scrivener and it has completely transformed the way that I work. It is without any doubt the best tool I have ever used for the compilation of large review articles.
...whenever I’m asked by other writers what advice I’d give them when embarking on book projects, I tell them to explore Scrivener. The difference between having hundreds of files, all with different scraps of information, to having one "master" file where I could keep all of my research and writing is enormous.
The best thing I have ever done for my fiction writing was download the Scrivener beta for Windows. The first time I looked at that screen, I felt like a “real” writer, like the program was designed to get the book out of my brain and into the document.
As a new non-fiction writer, Scrivener was an absolute godsend of an app. I love the way you can store everything — copy, quotes, research, planning and notes — in just one place and access them immediately without having to search countless folders and files.
If it was a perfect world, Scrivener could be a standard for all new computers, both Windows and Mac. I will most definitely spread the word and quite possibly move ALL my writing to Scrivener, including my networking research. Thank you for making such a wonder application.
I’ve been using Scrivener from the the very beginning. Before it was even a paid app. And as soon as the paid version was available in beta, I was one of the first to jump on board. First of all, I couldn’t believe how cheap such a great app was and remains to be. I was more than happy to send in my payment.