If you are serious about writing, you most likely have heard about the writing program Scrivener. If you haven’t, then this is something you will want to explore and get to know well. It will change your life. Seriously.
I will preface all of this by saying that the Scrivener program has a steep learning curve. However, once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon discover that there isn’t much that it can’t do, except write the story for you. It won’t do that.
I highly recommend just starting with the basic functions of the program and get comfortable with those before you move on to using the fancier functions that are available. There are so many, that I tend to learn new things about it all the time.
Honestly, I hated Scrivener the first time I used it. It wasn’t intuitive to me at all. And I am pretty good at figuring software out on the fly. I am the person that my friends and family come to when they want a program explained to them and I tend to quickly figure them out, even when I’ve never seen them before. Scrivener wasn’t like that at all. I went through the tutorial within the program and I still was confused and pretty much hated it. But I kept hearing other writers that I trust say how much they loved it and I couldn’t figure out why. It took me purchasing a course on Udemy before I got my brain wrapped around it. And I’m so glad I did. I now understand and “get” it.
There are many features and you can read more about them on the Literature and Latte website. But here are just a few of my favorites.
One of my favorite features is the Corkboard. It’s like having virtual index cards that you can move around at will. This is great for plotting and making notes that you need to remember as you write your story.
Another favorite is the ability to quickly switch from your text that you are writing and the corkboard. I also often split my screen to see my notes while I am typing. It works great.
And of course, a favorite is the ability to track my stats for each book and writing session.
Something I haven’t mentioned, is that Scrivener autosaves your work in the background while you work. It saves every 30 seconds or so, ending the nightmare of losing your work. That scores very high on my list of awesome features.
At the time of this post, it appears that the Scrivener program is on sale for just $40. That’s a great deal. And if you participate in Nanowrimo, they usually have a discount for those who “win” the Nanowrimo during the month of November. That is actually how I purchased Scrivener a few years ago.
I do recommend the Scrivener program. Once you get the hang of it, it is an awesome program that any writer should love to have and use.