Scrivener – My favorite writing tool

I stumbled upon Scrivener last spring while searching for a writing program to help me streamline my process.

Until then, I solely relied on MSWord and had two approaches to my keeping my stories organized. Some were broken into chapter files, while others were massive documents that I would have to scroll through to find where I’d last worked. (Those always trapped me into editing as I found my place to begin for the next day.)

My search criteria: reviews, functionality, and price. For me, Scrivener met all the requirements.

With Scrivener:

chapters appear all at one time and can be broken down into scenes,

there’s an option to create setting descriptions and character sketches,

and a cork board for brainstorming or posting ideas is provided.

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Scrivener won’t write your story for you, but it helps streamline the process. What is your most helpful writing tool?

If you’d like to learn more about Scrivener, click here to visit Literature and Latte.

 

20 thoughts on “Scrivener – My favorite writing tool

  1. I still use Microsoft word. I’ve thought about trying other programs,but I’m so set in my ways…
    I do hear a lot of good things about Scrivner. Maybe one day I’ll actually purchase, but until then, my most useful writing tool is my android phone. When I can’t sit and write or if inspiration strikes and I’m not at home, I use the free olive office app and google speech to text to dictate what I want into my documents and then email it to myself.
    yeah, it’s weird but it works for me.
    😉

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    • Yep! And it’s not expensive. A couple of times, they’ve run specials with prices as low as 20 bucks.
      Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for sharing your new WIP. Can’t wait to read more.

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  2. I still use Word. And notebooks. And napkins with a few words scrawled on them. 🙂 I may try Scrivener this summer if I have a little free time. Right now I’m so bogged down at my day job, my brain is too mushy to learn anything new.

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    • Keep an eye open for specials, if you’re really interested.;) And I understand how learning adds to the mental overload at times. Hope things lighten up a bit 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I love my Scrivener (that I got for half off with my NaNo win!) but sometimes it has soooo many features, I can feel a bit overwhelmed. Slowly but surely though, I’m getting used to it. I like that it easily gives scene, chapter and project word counts. also found a few templates on the web to use too for plotting stories. Still working on figuring those out. 🙂

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    • I have to confess that I’ve yet to tap into the full potential of Scrivener. 🙂 Templates on the web? I didn’t know!
      I also like the word count tallies. (and the project tracker, too.)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  4. I agree, my biggest pet peeve about Word is that it won’t remember what page you were on once you close the doc. Very annoying! I’ve been using Pages for Mac, then converting to Word, then converting to ebook formats.

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    • I haven’t used Pages, so I’m not sure what it’s capable of, but it’s on my Mac. Does it allow you to mark your spot? Do you like Pages more than Word?

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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      • Yes, my version of Pages opens up at the last place I left my cursor. It seems simpler and faster than Word (a doc of 80K words seems to take 30 secs to fully open on MSWord). I’ve never used Pages for inserting photos and stuff, so I don’t know how good it is at that.

        Another annoying thing about Word is it won’t let you highlight part of one word and part of the next word, it automatically highlights all of the first word. Arrgh! MSWord haters unite!

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