Scrivener is an application designed and developed to help users write and organize large projects. I first started using it about a year ago when embarking on my own large project, and now I use it for almost all of my word processing needs. It helps me get words on the page, and I find it a useful alternative to Microsoft Word (though sadly it’s not a complete replacement – more on that at the end of this post). I’ve thought about five things that Scrivener does for me that it perhaps can do for you also.
Scrivener is an application designed for pretty much any kind of writer. This program is incredible, and it’s been around for a while. I’m late to the game. I can’t believe I didn’t try it before — especially when there’s a 30-day free trial available.
When I’m working on a novel I’m always juggling a million documents: the current draft, my outline, a place to throw the scraps I’m cutting, a list of things I already know I need to fix, a list of terms of the world that I’ve created, a document with all my characters’ backgrounds, a map of the world the story takes place in, maybe an old draft for reference, a document for miscellaneous brainstorming, research notes…the list goes on.
If you’re a writer who has been writing for a bit, there’s a better than average chance you’ve been using a word processor like Microsoft Word as a writing tool. Switching to Scrivener (or any other writing platform) can feel daunting when you consider transferring what you have over to that new platform.