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Converted: Falling in love with Scrivener

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by Nancy J Price

After experimenting with various writing programs, I came to the conclusion that any standard word processing software just wasn’t going to be enough to get me through the arduous process of writing a (lengthy) novel.


Yes, no, maybe so

Enter Scrivener. Then exit Scrivener — it looked too complicated. But within a week or two, organizing everything and moving around chapters became sufficiently painful to seek alternatives. Therefore, enter Scrivener again. This time it clicked, and not only helped me finish Dream of Time, but has been instrumental in getting it into the final format.

I’ve since learned that I wasn’t the first writer daunted by the remarkable, multi-pronged tool that had been created by a little British company called Literature & Latte. In fact, there are so many converts out there, we could probably form a club.

Rewriting history

Is Scrivener really all that? Hey — don’t just take my word for it. Below, five converts explain how this little word processor that could simplified their writing work.

1) 5 Reasons I switched to Scrivener for all my writing

Michael Hyatt, a New York Times bestselling author, recently switched to Scrivener to manage all of his written work. He says, “Though it’s advertised as a manuscript and script-writing tool, I found it works beautifully for all kinds of writing, from blog posts to podcast prep, from sales copy to speeches.” [Read more]

2) 6 Reasons why Scrivener is the best writing tool EVER

Elena Aitken adores Scrivener — and how it organizes, tracks your word count and lets you compile drafts are but three of the big benefits she’s found. [Read more]

3) Writing and publishing using Scrivener, with Gwen Hernandez

Joanna Penn (of the fabulous Creative Penn blog) admits, “Discovering Scrivener really did change my writing life.” She explains why as she talks with Scrivener for Dummies author Gwen Hernandez. [Read more]

4) Why I use Scrivener

Sarah Pinneo writes, “there was a quote on the Scrivener website which kept niggling at me. ‘Scrivener is the first and only word processing program designed specifically for the messy, non-linear way writers really work.’ So true.” [Read more]

5) How to use Scrivener for novel writing

Originally a non-believer, Rebecca Bradley shares how she eventually came to know — and love — her copy of Scrivener. [Read more]

And one more perspective

When it came to what the big S had compared to the other programs, the biggest selling points for me were…

  • Ability to color-code chapters (which I used to signify draft versions)
  • Drag-and-drop simplicity to re-sequence chapters
  • Cool progress meter, with word count goals by session and for the project as a whole
  • Simple to compile ebooks in multiple formats, including  .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .rtf and .doc

Will it work for you?

If you’re not entirely sold, fair enough — there are plenty of other word processing and writing programs out there. Still, we highly recommend you at least try Scrivener, because it’s free for the first month (and, yes, you’ll probably need to give it a few days).

You never know — it might be just the thing to help ease the words from your brain and onto the page… and from the page into the minds of millions.

Nancy co-founded in 1999, and helped turn it into one of the top lifestyle websites for women. While serving as the site’s Executive Editor for twelve years, Nancy also helped launch five national newsstand magazines. A fourth-generation San Francisco Bay Area native, Nancy now lives in Arizona with her four kids and their menagerie. Dream of Time – her first novel – is available now, and you can see more from her online at

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