The Software That Changed the Way I Write: Scrivener Product Review

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As much as I love colorful pens and fancy notebooks, when my writing goals included 1,000 words/day, I had to switch to a more efficient method. For the longest time, I was content using good ole Word. I played around with OneNote (great for school) and EverNote.

Then I found out about Scrivener.

Now, I have to give credit to my boyfriend (aka my human thesaurus) who told me about it.

What It Is:

  • Computer program designed predominately for writers of novels, non-fiction, and screenplays.

Why I Love It:

  • No recurring subscription fees. Pay a one-time flat rate fee to download the program.
  • Can be used on multiple devices and has syncing capabilities.
  • It auto-saves and backs up your work every time you use it.
  • Word target functionality, for total project and per session
  • Ability to make project notes and comments linked to words or phrases
  • Easy to organize chapters, sections, and categories in the format of a digital “binder”
  • Ability to add content that will not affect your word count (as I like to call it: ‘stuff I might not use’ or my personal favorite, ‘probably garbage’)
  • Research tools (including the ability to save web pages directly into Scrivener!)
  • Character templates and manuscript front material templates built right in
  • “Index Cards” for each chapter for easy, at-a-glance summaries
  • Full-screen writing or partial screen writing where you can customize the background (hello ocean waves! goodbye, distractions!)
  • Way less irritating than Word and easier than a wall full of post-its

Just to name a few. You can tell I love this thing. And I’m definitely the person who tries everything under the sun and gives up using it within two days. But Scrivener works. It’s easy, simple to use, and I can use it on all my computers. (Yes, I write on 3 different computers depending on my mood. Don’t judge me.) The only caveat with the syncing across multiple devices is that it did take some trial and error. There are plenty of online resources explaining how to do it, and eventually I did figure it out and it was worth it.

If you want to check out this awesome program and stop using crappy word processors as your excuse not to write, here you go:

Do you use Scrivener? Comment & tell me why you love it!

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