by Pascale Potvin
Writer: if you answer “yes” the following, then you may need Scrivener, the “gold standard” writing app for writers working on books.
- Do you commonly toggle between 1 Word Doc, 2 spiral notebooks, 4 Post-it notes here, 5 Post-it notes there, and 12 open tabs?
- Do you balance outlining your novel and grant writing while also catching up the last episode of Cake Boss, so when you look down from the TV you’re not sure which doc you’re working on or at what point you are in your work?
- Are you a screenwriter manually formatting your work instead of taking advantage of script writing software and making your life easier?
Scrivener, the gold standard in writing apps, will quickly and easily get you organized, focused, and prepared for getting serious with your writing, once and for all!
If you’ve been following along in our writing app review journey where we’ve reviewed “The 6 Best Apps for Organizing Your Writing“, you’ll now see how Scrivener will change the way you work- forever.
Scrivener: The Gold Standard in Writing Apps
Scrivener is a program that makes it easy to brainstorm, outline, and create your projects all in one perfectly organized place. No longer will you have to jump back and forth between different programs or hand-written notes. No more papering your walls with sticky notes.
No more *hoping* you formatted your work properly before submitting it for publication or to a literary agent.
Scrivener handles all of that and more.
Keep Everything in One Place
This all-in-one writing app allows you to move with ease between chapters, notes, and all of other references.
“Other references” refers to the fact that one can import nearly all types of files into the program: pdfs, word docs, images, videos, sound files, web pages, and more. You can even view up to 4 files at once on-screen—so, if you’re using a photo for inspiration or for research, you can have it sitting pretty right there while you type.
Your notes and your ideas can be digitally linked to the manuscript itself, so that you much more rarely forget what you meant in that note you jotted down right before bed. But if you do have an idea that don’t you know where exactly to fit, Scrivener can make special room for that, too.
Your manuscript can be split into sections of any size, and you can choose to edit those segments by themselves or within the bigger picture.
You can also opt for full-screen writing to keep yourself from going back to your e-mail or to Facebook. The look of the ‘composition mode’ is customizable, too: from an old-school green-text-on-black look to a soothing landscape backdrop. Whatever gets your creativity going!
Scrivener is also always very quick and flexible when it comes to formatting: export your work to standard manuscript format, or to screenplay format, or to an academic format with one click. Then, save to virtually any file type, or print directly!
All in all, if you’re feeling scattered, weary of the visual clutter, and are yearning for one compact way to keep all of your writing drafts, notes, reference materials, quick brainstorms, and more in one place, writing app Scrivener is a fabulous tool.
Disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Scrivener and cannot guarantee a 100% accurate portrayal of the software.
If ever you feel like talking through your writing ideas, getting help with accountability or your writing process, or need another set of eyes on your projects, please reach out– we are always here to support you in your writing goals!