#atozchallenge: Scrivener

S 2016

This has to be my favorite piece of software to use. I bought it a couple of years ago after winning NaNoWriMo and am glad I did. I use the pc version so I don’t like that it doesn’t have all the perks that the mac version but I’ve heard they are trying to get the pc version to match the mac so there is hope. 🙂

I do some of my editing/revisions in scrivener but still export to word to do the majority of them because I like the track changes in word more than I like the comments section in scrivener. It does have 3 things I like though and they are the corkboard, outliner, and the label features. I also like how I can have everything from the book itself to research located in one file.

If you want to learn more about the program here’s the link. They have a free trial of it so you can download and check it out. It’s an inexpensive but great program to have in your writing tools.


Look forward to your comments about scrivener and what tools you use to write your great stories 🙂


12 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Scrivener

  1. I just write in Word. I don’t really understand why something like Schrivener would be better than just using a word processing program. I think I’m too lazy for the learning curve. 🙂

    A Bit to Read

    1. Word is still my go to for editing. I do write my short stories in Word not scrivener. I didn’t understand it either until I downloaded the free trial to use during NaNo the year I bought and loved it. It does have a bit of a learning curve that’s for sure. I believe in using whatever program you’re the most comfortable with. 🙂

      1. Hi I.L., there are a lot of things I love about it. One of the things about it that I love is that you can move scenes around by dragging and dropping them. For example, if you feel a scene would be better included in one chapter then you all have to do is drag and drop it into chapter one or if you feel like a chapter you thought should be in the middle of the book is better being at the beginning then you just move it. It’s not something easily done in Word. 🙂

      2. That’s interesting! I guess you could highlight and cut and paste…but it seems like it could be a very useful feature. Thanks for the explanation 🙂

  2. Scrivener was a game-changer for me. I always had trouble visualizing such a large thing, like a novel, and keeping all the elements straight in my mind. The corkboard really helped me with that. And I love just dragging and dropping scenes if I decide something should happen at a different point in the book. It really helps when you find you have a thread you need to strengthen or a subplot to work out.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  3. I LOVE Scrivener. I wasn’t sure about it at first because at first glance it looks so damn cluttered, but I gave it a chance (I also bought it after NaNo) and I’m so glad I did because it has helped my writing so much. I’m way more organized now, more willing to write scenes out of order, and I love that all the options are right there to export into numerous different possible formats. It’s awesome. ^_^

  4. hilarymb

    Hi Diane – I’m sure Scrivener will be so useful to me – as it does so much for authors – it’s a learning challenge – something I’ll be doing shortly … thanks for the thumbs up for it … cheers Hilary

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