Scrivener is a very useful and popular tool for writers. It comes handy when you’re composing and structuring difficult and long documents while giving you complete control of the formatting. Writing isn’t just about hitting the keyboard. It also includes ordering fragmented ideas, doing your research about the topic, taking important notes and molding those first ideas into a final draft. With Scrivener, you have all the tools you need in one place. You easily restructure your draft, edit it, and give you a wide overview of what you’re creating. So basically is like having your own writing studio that works like a word processor but also gives you a place to store notes, outlines, ideas, research, and everything else you need to write in one place so you don’t have to look for them later.
It works so much better than a writing software like Google Docs or Word since it groups all the relevant information for a project in the same place, without having to go back-and-forth between different documents that contain information that won’t go in the body of your project, but that you need for reference or support at the moment you’re writing.
Up until now, Scrivener was available for Mac and Windows desktops only, and if you wanted to use Scrivener on a tablet, you had to do some serious and often time-consuming hacks to sync your work.
I, along with thousands of dedicated Scrivener users, waited literally years for an iOS version to come out, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Before this iOS application launched I decided to give my 13-inch MacBook Air (MBA) to my daughter and bought an 11-inch MBA simply because it weighed less and I wanted to carry it around to use my Scrivener for Mac. Now that I can use Scrivener for iOS on my 12.5-inch iPad Pro, I am in heaven because it is much more lightweight than a laptop.
I don’t know where or when inspiration will strike me, but when it does I want to get those ideas out right away: random thoughts, brilliant wording, or anything I fear I’ll forget before I get to my computer or laptop. The iOS application looks almost like the one on my desktop and I can use Scrivener’s tools when I’m on the go on my iPhone or iPad. I don’t need to worry that I won’t have my ongoing projects on my devices. It’s a practically seamless transition since it easily syncs between devices with Dropbox or iTunes.
It is so easy to see the big picture on the app and with a simple touch of my fingertips I can drag and drop paragraphs and chapters to places where they fit better.
Scrivener is mostly used by writers for fiction projects. However, I and many others also use it for nonfiction books and short-form writing projects and I have moved the majority of those projects to Scrivener. My primary roles are as a writer, editor, publisher, marketer, and project manager. I keep all my data in the cloud and can sync all my devices via Dropbox, which means I have all my Scrivener projects right when I need them and all of them update simultaneously on any of the devices. The iOS app helps me tremendously since I can work all day and from any location with just my iPad Pro without the need to carry a heavy bag with my laptop. Believe it or not, that makes my life so much easier since I can even walk from home to my co-working office or any other place I want without carrying a heavy backpack.
Even if you are a Windows user, if you have an iPad or iPhone, you can sync your projects via Dropbox and work away wherever you are. Thank you, THANK YOU Literature and Latte!
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