ScrivenerWriters often want to know what are the best writing programs. Writers often want to know what other writers are using. I want to share a program that I’ve been using for over a year and I really love it.

10 Reasons Scrivener Is The Best Writing Software for All Writers

Confession #1: I’m a Scrivener convert.

Confession #2: I’ve been using Scrivener for over a year.
Confession #3: My writing has greatly improved since using Scrivener.
Confession #4: I’m writing faster since using Scrivener.
Confession #5: My job as a book publisher has become easier since using Scrivener.
I believe writers should have the best tools they can in order to deliver the best stories that they can. After writing all of my books on Microsoft Word for years, I discovered Scrivener a little more than a year ago. And, I absolutely love it. It’s the best writing program for all writers. Let me tell  you why…
1. It allows you to include character names in one place. No more of, “What was the character’s name again?”
2. It allows you to add character details in one place which allows you to be more consistently descriptive. When my editor read my first manuscript on Scrivener, she remarked, “This is the most descriptive I’ve ever noticed in your characters.”
3. It allows you to include place names in one section. Again, are you tired of trying to remember what the place was called where the main characters met?
4. It allows you to write in sections which allows you to move things around without an issue. With Microsoft word, you have to remember everywhere you wrote everything. With Scrivener, you just write in blocks and you move it around accordingly. It makes for an easier work flow.
5. It can convert your manuscript to Kindle, PDF, iBooks, and back to Word in little to no time. I’m taking mere minutes not hours. It really makes it easy.
6. It organizes your manuscript better. Scrivener is set up where you can organize your writing in binders and it allows you to break everything down. This allows your novels to be more fluid.
7.  Setting up front matter for your book is a breeze. With Scrivener, it has samples of front matter for your books, so all you have to do is cut and paste. Easy peasy.
8. It makes it easy to add photos into your manuscript without creating strange errors.
9. It creates HTML Table of Contents for E-Books without any instruction from you. That alone is worth the cost of the program.
10.  There is a Scrivener community on Google+. This supportive group of people support each other when they have challenges using the program.
Now, the downside to Scrivener is that you need to figure out a lot of stuff on your own. Really. Once you start working in the program, you’ll learn things. They have a few videos on their site and there are a few videos on how other people use Scrivener on YouTube. But, I recently put a “|” in three areas on my manuscript. This created duplicate headings in my table of contents. And, it took me days to figure out how to remove them. So the downside is, until you know all the ins and outs, there’s a learning curve. With all of that though, I’d still pick Scrivener over any other writing program for books and short stories. Since I write screenplays as well, I’ve begun to use Scrivener to develop my characters but I still write all of my screenplays in Final Draft. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Anyway, I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any writing related questions, please email me:  Your question could be featured in an upcoming Writer Wednesday column.


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