Writing Software: Scrivener by Literature & Latte
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Free Trial: If you don’t have a license, Scrivener will run in trial mode. The trial is exactly the same as the full version but will stop working after 30 days of use. (If you use it every day, it lasts 30 days; if you use it only two days a week, it lasts fifteen weeks.) The terms of the trial are only applicable to the macOS and Windows versions. Given limitations in the iTunes App Store, we cannot offer a demo of the iOS version at this time.
Windows/macOS: Standard=$45, Educational=$38.25 (Volume Discounts)
Bundle (Windows and macOS): $75.00
Do a search for “Scrivener Coupons” and find the latest discounts. Most times you can find 20% off, sometimes 25%, off the whole program and the best I’ve seen on the macOS upgrade is 50% off.
• Keeps your research and writing in one place
• Word processor – can write and format text
• Grammar and spell check
• Distraction free writing mode
• Track changes
• Export as PDF or .doc
• Format for ebook publishing (.mobi or .ePub or .docx)
• Format for selling boxsets
• Project management tool – can hold research files
• Automatically saves your work
• Set project target (words and deadlines)
• Templates for writers and authors
• Designed for writing long content
• Easy drag and drop capabilities
• Simple way to break up large project into small chunks
• Can mesh multiple texts into one with one click
• Split screen view horizontally or vertically to view two texts as one (e.g., research and writing)
• Corkboard view with index cards
• Can use beautiful backgrounds while writing
• Add labels, flags, and status updates to individual texts
• Easily sort all scenes with a certain character or location
From Scrivener Website
For writing. And writing. And writing.
Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds, used every day by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators and more. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.
Grow your manuscript your way
Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.
See the forest or the trees
Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: hammer out every last detail before typing a word, or carve out a draft and restructure later. Or mix your methods and do a bit of both. In Scrivener, everything you write is integrated into an easy-to-use project outline. So working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a click away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.
Research within reach
Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand, and you can open it right next to your work. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Take notes about a PDF file or web page. Or check for consistency by referencing an earlier chapter alongside the one in progress.
Getting it out there
Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, compile everything into a single document for printing, self-publishing, or exporting to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still satisfy those submission guidelines.
Other People’s Thoughts about Scrivener
A few years ago, we, (royal, lol) did the the NaNoWriMo thing and at the end, got a 20% discount for the program. (We think it’s a standard thing, the NaNoWriMo Coupon thingy but we aren’t sure because we haven’t kept up with it.) The theory was, use the trialware for a month, write your novel, and then realize you can’t live without the software and use the 20% off coupon to buy it. Well, we’d already wrote the novel using the ywriter program but wanted to see all the coolness of Scivener. Not being in the “writing” mood, but more of the “editing” mood, it was way too complicated to get into at that point and the project of scrivener transfer was scrapped. That said, the program looked quite intriguing. We’d probably look into a few of the “How-to’s” out there to get a head start on the steep learning curve the program negotiates if we were to ever try it again. The rewards look satisfying so it’s a possibility!