I’ve been a user of Scrivener, the #1 software application for writers, off and on for the past few years. I would write just about everything in it for a while, and then go off and use other writing programs. But I always came back to Scrivener, and now I’m back for good. Scrivener came on the writing scene in 2007, and quickly developed a cult-like following among writers, especially fiction and screenplay writers. The software was developed for Macs, but a (less feature-rich) Windows version is also available. The application is both easy-to-use and complicated to learn. It has more features than the law allows, but that is the beauty of it. The application is also rather inexpensive to purchase: only US$45 for the entire program. The development team, Literature and Latte, is a very small UK-based company, which may explain the very limited online, email, or phone support. However, the software comes with a very comprehensive user manual that fully explains every feature of the program and is available in PDF format and in the Help menu in the application itself.
So why did I leave it, and why am I back? I think the main reason I left Scrivener is because of the many other choices out there. On my Macs, I have the MS Office Suite, the Apple iWorks Suite, and the Google Office Suite. But in using all of those programs at one time or another, I ended up with my files all over the place, even within Dropbox. I had files in Google Storage, files in iCloud, and files on my desktop. Because I also use my iPad all day, I left Scrivener for the same reason a lot of people do, because there is not as yet a dedicated Scrivener iPad app, although the release of one has been promised for years. As of this writing, finally FINALLY, the official Scrivener iPad app is in beta testing with Apple. Maybe…soon.
However, I gave my 13-inch MacBook Air to my daughter whose 13-inch MacBook Pro was dying, and bought the cutest little 11-inch MacBook Air, specifically to use as a portable machine for Scrivener. My 15-inch MacBook Pro, which also has Scrivener installed, stays at my office. I no longer had the excuse of wanting a way to write in Scrivener at a coffee shop or at the beach because the 11-inch MacBook Air is so lightweight that carrying it around is so easy, and together with my iPad, the two machines weigh less than my MacBook Pro.
The main reason I came back to Scrivener is the reason why I—along with tens of thousands of my fellow writers—fell in love with it in the first place. It is, hands down, the best platform for all of your writing projects. You can write fiction, non-fiction, long-form, short-form, blog posts, speeches, screenplays, documents, and everything else, and Scrivener keeps it all organized, along with all of the research you need. Scrivener also works perfectly with Evernote, my for-real #1 app. So whether I’m at my home office, my co-working community office, or out and about, I can take Scrivener with me.
As a freelance business owner, my work life is organized around projects—my own and those of my clients. As a wife, mother, grandmother, and homeowner, my life is also organized around projects and events. Between Evernote and Scrivener, I can manage just about all of the writing needs of every facet of my life.
Oh did I mention I now have an iPad Pro? How do I use it with my iPad Pro? Oh, that’s another post. Stay tuned. I have a surprise for you.
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