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Scrivener has made such an incredible difference to the way that I work that I wouldn't be without it anymore. Most of my work is factual, and planning out chapters, sections, and keeping all my notes, attachments and references with the manuscript is a godsend.
Scrivener is the biggest leap forward in writing software since the venerable days of WordPerfect, and believe me, I’ve tried them all. It adapts to my workflow, rather than imposing one on me, which is vital for working on multiple books in different formats.
My greatest ally as a script writer isn’t the pen or word processor — it’s the corkboard. A mental playground to organize my thoughts. For years I’ve been searching for the digital equivalent — a place in the computer where I can structure a script, or pin up the logline for a potential TV series, or keep an inspiring image.
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.
Using Scrivener, all my materials reside in a single location. Citations imported from the web or pdf documents are annotated in the document notes section. Keywords make everything easy to relocate. Synopses can be cut and pasted straight from the abstract of the scientific paper or re-written to suit my own tastes. The split screen allows me to reference citations and my text draft simultaneously.
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.
No way I could have knocked this out as ‘easily’ or as efficiently without Scrivener (which I dearly love) — certainly THE best writing software purchase I ever made. But I won’t qualify — Scrivener is simply a wonderful piece of kit. It seriously facilitated the production of DIVA — the most monumental project of my career.
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.
Being a total word processor slut, I’ve used and abused most Mac writing programs in my time. Over the course of 16 books, I’ve gone from the early versions of Write and Word 5.3 to more advanced, fully featured apps. Now I’ve abandoned them all in favour of Scrivener.
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 way superior to a traditional word processors because it allows this workflow: taking notes and keeping them organized inside structure of the book. I struggled with Word to try and achieve the same result, but now that I found Scrivener I’m going back to a traditional writing software only when I’ve to fine-tune the styling of the text before I send it to my editors.
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.
Quickly, the program became indispensible in writing Murder in the High Himalaya. I was able to drag and drop chapters, access research with the click of a button and cut material effortlessly. All this enabled me to focus on the narrative at hand which I believe made me so much more creative and industrious and, Murder in the High Himalaya, the best book it could be.
As an academic writer, I recommend Scrivener wholeheartedly to my colleagues and my students. The real testimony of the product’s worthiness is that writers use Scrivener, both beginners and expert, and find new uses for it in ways they could not have anticipated.
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.
Scrivener offers me exactly what I could have required if the software’s developers had consulted me. It fits into my chaos and my procrastination, my misdirections and my way to zig-zag from one topic to another.
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!
Scrivener’s ability to allow working on a book in small pieces, as well as getting a sense of how those connect together into a whole, and then fluidly move between detail and big picture, is invaluable. After using Scrivener, you realize how inadequate conventional word processors are for actual book writing.
(Scrivener)... makes it easy to reorganise stuff and navigate through a very large document. I found the split pane feature particularly useful. The program is exceptionally stable. It's easy to use and the documentation and support are superb. I can't now imagine writing a book in any other way.
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 can’t imagine writing a journal article or book without Scrivener. All my notes and articles in one place made referring to my research a breeze. Also, the ability to take snapshots of my writing lessened any anxiety I had about making substantial changes to a chapter. I am constantly recommending Scrivener to all my colleagues.
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.
Finally, I found Scrivener, and I’ve been in love with it since it was a beta. It’s now a full-throttle, high-performance beauty, with features that make writing, organizing, rewriting, combining, rearranging, dividing, tracking, editing, annotating, and footnoting easy, intuitive, and yes even fun. I could not recommend Scrivener more highly.
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!
I don’t know how long I’ve been using your excellent software, but I have now written a novel, two non-fiction books, several scripts and treatments, and quite a few magazine articles and speeches with Scrivener. It’s a great tool, and has become an essential part of my creative practice.
I only wish Scrivener existed then so she (my mother) could have shared her stories with the world. Like her, I have the same writing bug and tried a few times to figure out how to use Word to self-publish, investing in expensive programs that did not live up to their promises.
I’ve read that the best writing is transparent. Scrivener is like that. It gets out of the way and lets me work on my manuscript the way I need to work on it. I’m much more productive with Scrivener than I have been with any other software.
There was a point about one month into my first using Scrivener when I realized just how much it had changed how I worked, how much easier the task had become, and I just started crying in relief. I could write without Scrivener, yes, but I’d never choose to do so.
Scrivener helped me do everything a writer needs to do, and particularly a writer in a hurry: Gather up shards of facts and ideas. Fit them together into sentences and paragraphs, building sections and chapters. Tear down what you've built and try them another way. Annotate. Rewrite.
The application doesn't require you to think like the guy who wrote the software, or require a lot of your attention to work flawlessly. It lets you be yourself. The developer is amazingly attentive and responsive, too. And it costs a fraction of what its competitors charge.