I don’t take paid ads for this website. I do, however, recommend products that I think will have value to my readers.
This month I’m recommending Scrivener, a widely used word-processing tool. I used to use Microsoft Word. I switched to Scrivener years ago because (in my opinion) Scrivener is way better than Word.
What’s to like about Scrivener? Lots of things:
It opens documents fast, even large documents. It opens them much faster than Word does.
It makes it easy to organize your novel the way you want to—by scenes, by chapters, by parts, whatever. Or any combination of these.
It makes it easy to keep all sorts of extra information in your document that will not be exported when it’s time to print it out—research notes, marketing ideas, scene summaries, pictures, links to online pages where your book is sold, etc.
It’s easy to open a Microsoft Word document into Scrivener and split it up into the big chunks you care about—scenes or chapters or parts or just one big glop.
It’s easy to export your Scrivener document back to Microsoft Word if you need to.
Scrivener has all the usual high-powered functions you expect in a professional word-processing tool.
You can take a “snapshot” of a scene and then rewrite the scene. Later, you can go back and restore the snapshot if you need to. So a single document can have several different versions of any scene, and you can swap them in and out.
You can label every scene with labels you define.
It’s just plain a brilliant tool.
What’s not to like about Scrivener? Here’s the one complaint I’ve heard:
There’s a learning curve.
I will agree that there’s a learning curve for Scrivener. There’s a learning curve for Microsoft Word, for Excel, for Photoshop, for InDesign, for just about any powerful software tool I’ve ever seen. There is a learning curve for Scrivener. When I bought Scrivener, I took some time and worked through the tutorial, which is written as a Scrivener document. When I got to the end of it, I knew how to use Scrivener. It didn’t take that long. It wasn’t that hard. It’s paid off big for me.
If you talk to professional authors, you’ll find that most of them have an opinion about Scrivener. They either love it or they hate it.
That’s a good thing. It means you can decide pretty easily whether it’s for you. If it is, then you’re ahead of the game. If it isn’t, then you’ve spent some time on a blind alley and learned that it’s not for you.
Scrivener has a 30-day free trial. Try it. You’ll quickly figure out whether you love it or you hate it.
That’s a risk well worth taking. Get it here: Literature&Latte
Final note: Scrivener has an affiliate program. I’m not part of that program. I have no financial incentive to recommend Scrivener. I recommend it because I’ve been a user for several years and I love Scrivener. It’s made me a better writer.