The Biggest Software Advance For Writers Since The Word Processor

Scrivener is the most powerful content-generation tool for writers. It allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that difficult first draft.

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Your complete writing studio,

Scrivener - writing studioWriting a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you're done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure - most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is done. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write - it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

 

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Write, structure, revise

Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips.

On the left of the window, the "binder" allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want - so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use "Scrivenings" mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

Scrivener - write, structure, revise

With access to the full power of the OS X text system, you can add tables, bullet points, images and mark up your text with comments and footnotes. Format as you go using the format bar at the top of the page, or use any font you want for the writing and let Scrivener reformat your manuscript after you're done - allowing you to concentrate on the words rather than their presentation.
 

Create order from chaos

Scrivener - order from chaosMost word processors approach composing a long-form text the same as typing a letter or flyer - they expect you to start on page one and keep typing until you reach the end. Scrivener lets you work in any order you want and gives you tools for planning and restructuring your writing. In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. Plan out your work in Scrivener's outliner and use the synopses you create as prompts while you write. Or just get everything down into a first draft and break it apart later for rearrangement on the outliner or corkboard. Create collections of documents to read and edit related text without affecting its place in the overall draft; label and track connected documents or mark what still needs to be done. Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later - or do a bit of both - Scrivener supports the way you work.

 

Your research—always within reach

Scrivener - refer to researchNo more switching between multiple applications to refer to research files: keep all of your background material—images, PDF files, movies, web pages, sound files—right inside Scrivener. And unlike other programs that only let you view one document at a time, in Scrivener you can split the editor to view research in one pane while composing your text right alongside it in another. Need to refer to multiple research documents? Call up additional material in floating Quick Reference panes. Transcribe an interview or conversation, make notes on an image or article, or just refer back to another chapter, all without leaving the document you're working on.

 

Getting it out there

Compile your draft into a single document for printing or exporting

Scrivener - compile optionsScrivener provides all the tools you need to prepare your manuscript for submission or self-publishing. Print a novel using standard manuscript formatting or an academic paper in a standard style such as APA or MLA. Export your finished document to a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF and HTML—making it easy to share your work with others. Save screenplays to Final Draft format with your synopses and script notes intact. Or self-publish by exporting to ePub or Kindle* formats to share your work via iBooks or Amazon, or for reading on any e-reader. And for those who want to typeset their own work, Scrivener supports the MultiMarkdown markup language, giving users with more exacting requirements all the power of exporting to LaTeX, XHTML, and more.

* Requires KindleGen, a utility which only works on Mac OS X 10.5 or greater, on Intel based hardware.

 

Take your work with you, wherever you are

What about writing on the go? Scrivener's Simplenote, Index Card and folder syncing features allow you to sync your work with many mobile programs available on the iPad and iPhone. So you can edit and take notes wherever you are, and then sync them all back to your Scrivener project.

 

Who Uses Scrivener?

Scrivener is used by all sorts of professional and amateur writers, from best-selling and aspiring novelists to Hollywood scriptwriters, from students and academics to lawyers and journalists: anyone who works on long and difficult writing projects. While many other writing project management tools impose their own workflows or limit themselves to fiction-writing, Scrivener recognizes that all writers of long-form texts often face similar problems, and provi align="justify"des an array of flexible tools that allow you to do things your way, no matter what kind of writing you do. Those currently using Scrivener include:

  • Novelists
  • Short-Story Writers
  • Screenwriters
  • Playwrights
  • Comedians
  • Lawyers
  • Journalists
  • Lecturers
  • Academics and Students
  • Biographers and Memoirists
  • Business and Technical Writers
  • Comics and Graphic Novel Writers
  • Translators
  • Lecturers
  • And Many More!

 

Testimonials for Scrivener

"If there was a list of the top five greatest apps of all time in the Mac App Store, it would start with Scrivener and then there would be four other things."

- Andy Ihnatko, technology columnist and general good guy.

"Scrivener gives you the freedom to make a mess, the confidence to know you'll clean it up, and the semantic relationships to tie it all together in whatever way makes the most sense to you."

- Merlin Mann, indie writer, speaker, and broadcaster.

"The last few years have seen the appearance of several OS X applications designed for the use of writers. Many of these applications are very good — but every one is in some way lacking. I've tried them all, and none has been more than a temporary home; a good place to stay until something better came along. And guess what — it finally did. Scrivener incorporates and improves the best aspects of its progenitors and, in doing so, exceeds them all. As a writer's application, Scrivener is damn near perfect; it means outlines, treatments and then first drafts can be put together in the same application."

- Neil Cross, long-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize for his novel Always the Sun and screenwriter for the acclaimed BBC1 show Spooks. More recently a writer for Doctor Who, screenwriter for Luther and scriptwriter for US box office number 1 film Mama.

 

"Scrivener is the perfect tool for writing a cookbook -- or, in our case, a cocktail book -- especially one laced with hundreds of anecdotes, quotes, and sidebars. Working as a team, we found Scrivener to be an invaluable resource for dividing up work and tracking progress -- allowing us to work independently from one another, easily merge parts together, and check in completed sections. Shuffling parts from here to there was a breeze, as was discarding sections to the Research folder -- and resurrecting them again when needed. We truly can't imagine writing another book without using Scrivener."

- David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, are the husband and wife authors of The 12 Bottle Bar.

"Word is dead to me now. Scrivener has helped me to organise and streamline and plan and execute while also making the whole slog of novel writing an absolute joy. In such a short time it has become an essential piece of software. I don't know how I would manage without it."

- Conrad Williams, award-winning author of One, The Unblemished and Blonde on a Stick.

"Today I finished the first draft of my 32nd book — and the eighth I've written entirely in Scrivener. I've also used Scrivener to write dozens of short stories, a handful of magazine articles and countless book proposals. I've got a stage script or two on the go, and I've even had a shot at my first comic book script.

As a writer, changing software is a big deal; I'd got used to how to write in MS Word, even if that meant the usual glitches I'd come to expect from the industry standard software. I was used to scrolling through page after page of manuscript to find that one spot where I wanted to rename a minor character, or drop in a clue to the identity of the villain. I knew I'd have to spend time juggling with formatting before submitting my work. I accepted that I'd have to deal with a couple of force quits, and bring a manual back-up of my book to life, kicking and screaming. It's all just part of the job and, after all, Word isn't exclusively for writers — it has to fulfil a thousand different roles for a thousand types of user.

Then I discovered Scrivener — software created especially for writers. That's why I use it. It was designed with people like me in mind. You'll read elsewhere on this website that Scrivener allows you to split your work up into chapters, scenes and even paragraphs; that it's a place where you can keep all your research material within easy access; that you can view two versions of a scene on screen at the same time, putting an end to the laborious copying and pasting between different files; that you can reorganise your plot quickly and easily via the cork board; that you can export your work to dozens of different formats, each with a seemingly unlimited list of potential customisations; that the software saves your work every time you pause from typing, and makes automatic back-ups in case things go wrong. It's all true — Scrivener does all this and more. But I use Scrivener simply because it allows me to write without worrying whether the program I'm using will let me write.

Whatever you want to write, give Scrivener a try. I'm certain you won't regret it."


- Tommy Donbavand, is the author of the 13 book Scream Street series, published in the UK by Walker Books and in the US by Candlewick Press. He has also written a number of books for specialist reluctant reader publisher, Barrington Stoke.

 

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It's all about the software

It's only reasonable, if you are thinking of buying software you intend to use every day, to ask after its future. We may be a small team, but in fact many shareware companies are run by only one or two people. More importantly, as the lead designer (and sole Mac developer), I am first and foremost a user of Scrivener. I developed Scrivener because I felt I needed a tool to help me really get a grip on my writing, notes and research, to organise it and start putting it all together like a jigsaw.

The upshot of this is that Scrivener has a bright future so long as I use Mac OS X and enjoy writing--and I can't see either of these things ceasing to be true. It's not only OS X and me any more, though: Scrivener also has a bright future on Windows, because Lee, the lead Windows developer, is a passionate Scrivener user and he writes on Windows.

Because we are not only developers but also users of our own software, it is in our own best interests to make our software the best toolset it can possibly be. As our software becomes more feature-complete and bug-free, our priority won't always lie with adding features for the sake of it but instead with using the software ourselves and honing it as we do. But we will continue updating it as we use it, and all feature suggestions will be seriously considered and evaluated. After all, it's unrealistic to think a single person can see the best solution to every problem, and so user feedback has always played a large part in helping us refine our software.

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