• Why I Love Scrivener for iOS

    I love Scrivener. I don’t know how I got any writing done without it. I used to use Word to write my novels, and that was all right, but I had to write linearly and sometimes had a hard time keeping my thoughts organized. With Scrivener, 90 percent of my problems have been erased. The only thing I ever lamented was the inability to write via some kind of mobile app.

    Then, Scrivener released Scrivener for iOS. I teared up. Finally! Next, I discovered you could sync projects between Mac and iOS via Dropbox. I wept tears of unbridled joy.

    I do a fair amount of writing on the go and love the idea of not being tied to my computer. With Scrivener for iOS, I can (and am right now, in fact) write by the pool or at the beach. I can write in the car (if someone else is driving). I can even write at the dermatologist’s office.

    Before this app, I had to write in either the Notes app or Evernote. Once I got back to my computer, I had to transfer whatever I’d written into the Scrivener project. And I couldn’t access the whole project once I was out, which meant I could only really write one scene at a time. Annoying, to say the least. Scrivener changed all that, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Now, everything syncs via Dropbox and I can easily pick up right where I left off.

    Scrivener for iOS also includes a nifty word count feature, which is great because word counts give me such life. It’s nice to be able to look up and see how close I am to meeting my daily goals.

    If you’re on the fence about shelling out $19.99 for the Scrivener mobile app, go ahead and take the plunge. I’m one of the cheapest people in the world, and I’m glad I made the investment. I’ve only begun using the new app and I still think it’s worth every dollar. I can’t wait to see what other cool things I can do with it.

  • Software Review: Scrivener for PC

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    I’ve always been an MS Word girl when it comes to writing. As long as I’ve had Word, I’ve never needed another program. It’s easy to use, and after years of working with it, I feel an odd sort of attachment to it. As the saying goes, why fix what isn’t broken?

    But I kept hearing people rave about it, and curiosity got the best of me.

    After winning NaNoWriMo this past September, I received a coupon code for half off the famed writing software Scrivener. I had heard nothing but good things about it. Although skeptical of its success, I purchased it immediately.

    The program, at first glance, looks complicated. There are folders, files, templates, and so much more.  I wasn’t sure where to get started. Luckily, Scrivener understands the learning curve. Upon opening the software, you can utilize the project wizard, which will set you up to write a novel, short story, or what have you.

    As a self-proclaimed organization junkie, I love Scrivener. I can use the cork board function to outline my whole novel at once. The character and setting sketches help me get a feel for the world of the story. Similarly, I can click between scenes and chapters and move things around if I’m unhappy with the order.

    Scrivener is awesome. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s necessary when writing a novel (because it isn’t), but it certainly helps speed the process along. I understand if you’re committed to Microsoft Word. That is understandable. But Word’s organization capabilities are pretty limited. If you’re anything like me, you should at least do the free trial. After all, you haven’t got anything to lose.

    What do you think of Scrivener? How do you use it? What other writing programs would you like to see reviewed?

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