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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
While there are dozens of reasons to buy a Mac, if you’re a novelist, you only need one. Scrivener. I use it every day, and it’s the only thing that’s had such a positive impact on my writing — making my work both easier and more fun — since I went from the typewriter to a computer back in 1986. The notecarding feature alone is worth the price of admission. But then, so are ten or fifteen other features I could name.
Scrivener is the gospel. When you’re trying to organize all that chaos floating around your mind, the last thing you want to do is fight with your text editor — there is business to conduct, words to write!
Writing a book means organizing hundreds or thousands of notes; it’s like obsessive-compulsive disorder, except with letters instead of fingernail clippings. For years I’d keep a dozen Word files open at once, slowly driving myself insane as I alternated between them.
What I really liked about Scrivener was that it helped you so much to concentrate on the job at hand, which is mainly writing. While other text processing tools make you fight with formatting much too early, due to the clear focus of Scrivener for writing it really helped to make my first book project a much easier task.
Scrivener is hands-down the best tool I’ve ever used for writing and organizing research. It’s hard to pick my favorite aspect of it, because all of Scrivener is so useful and practical, but I have to say I absolutely love the distraction-free full screen effect. Thanks for making my writing life easier!
Scrivener is the perfect wordplay tool for the discerning writer. Not only is it rock-solid stable, it makes the whole composition of novel or screenplay much more fluid, enjoyable and logical — and all with the bonus of writer specific tools such as synopsis cards, easy chapter splitting and logical research access.
Scrivener is that perfect sort of program. It’s intuitive enough that you can just jump in and use it, but it’s also wildly versatile and features plenty of power under the hood should you care to tinker with it. I wrote thirteen published novels in Word, and after writing my latest two in Scrivener, there’s no way I’m going back!
Scrivener is the most amazing piece of software for a writer: it reminds you of the paradigm shift when you took that leap from typewriter to computer. You remember that you used to use the older tool, and how to still use it, but you can’t ever look back.
I downloaded the software for trial but purchased it before the 30 days were up, I was so impressed. It’s really helped my writing output increase, and it’s an incredibly powerful tool. My favourite feature is being able to import research files, websites and other media so everything is together in one place. I won’t be using anything else to write with.
Productivity, workflow, output, delivery, all up since I adopted Scrivener. Like other writers, I find Scrivener both indispensable and almost as much fun as I imagined writing to be when I started in this crazy career. Gone are the tedious, rotten years of bum glue and sheer slog. I even have a private life now. Scrivener? Yes!
I've used a lot of different writing software, but none of them feel as polished as Scrivener. It made the writing process so much smoother and simpler — going back to anything else would feel like I was chipping the words out of stone with a hammer and chisel. It has become one of my very few absolutely-must-have pieces of software.
I've been using Scrivener now for a little over over a year and cannot imagine how I wrote novels without it. It is a paradigm shift from word processors equivalent to the shift from clay tablets to typewriters. It allows for a flexibility and organizational structure that's nonpareil.
In five months I’ve written a novel, a radio play (my first), two short stories, outlines for two more, and now I’ve begun plotting another novel. I have never before found anything that is anything like so productive for an author. Scrivener has all the tools I could need, but without restricting my style and forcing me to work in a specific way.
A decade-long PC user, I recently bought a MacBook for the express purpose of writing my next novel on Scrivener. I’m glad I did. I do a lot of research for my novels, and I love having my research documents conveniently filed alongside my writing.
Scrivener saved my brain! I tried writing in MS Word, tried to use various other word processing programs, but I just got more and more frustrated. I read about Scrivener on another author’s blog and immediately downloaded the trial. This was it! The flexibility to organize chapters the way I want to, move sections around, keep all my research material together saved me from going utterly insane. I’ve written all four of my books in Scrivener and will use it forever.
I wouldn’t say Scrivener makes writing a book easy… it just makes it easier than any other way to go about it. When I was revising my book, I must have rearranged the chapters, parts of chapters, and recipes a dozen times. Doing that in a traditional word processor would have been like eating nails. Plus, Scrivener’s full-screen mode keeps me away from online word games, at least temporarily.
I first heard of Scrivener from some other writers, all of whom said it had changed the way they worked. I was hooked in days. It’s smart, efficient software that allows you to organize material easily and organically. You can see your chapters. You can see your research. You can even see your corkboard. It’s not confusing or glitchy. Finally, someone made good software for writers!