Scrivener: The Best Writing Program!

I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. I’ve written countless words throughout my life, whether it be fiction, poetry, blogging, or any combination thereof. There’s always been a litany of resources, from magazines to advice from authors and everything in between, but I came across a writing resource that will change everything for me. Scrivener!

Scrivener is an all-in-one writing app for either your computer or tablet/phone. It does cost money ($49.99 for computer, $19.99 for iOS/Andriod), but there are coupons available! I did some research and found code WordswithJam that saved me 20% off the computer purchase price. I’ve been using it all week and I’m obsessed!

It takes a bit of time to get used to it, but there are tons of ways to understand how the application works. I found videos on TikTok that went into detail on some of the different functions, and Scrivener has a bunch of videos on their website that were very helpful! I bet you could even search on Youtube and find some useful ideas. It’s quite popular, with several best-selling authors using the application themselves (Shelby Mahurin and Victoria Aveyard, to name a few).

What I like best about the program is that it’s super easy to customise. I’m working on my next manuscript, and just added everything into Scrivener. I have multiple chapter outlines, the manuscript itself (which I can separate into chapters, and then categorise even further: I can mark a chapter as “needs to be reviewed” or “final draft”), and a folder dedicated to the characters in the book. I can include pictures of what the characters look like, and their descriptions, ages, external and internal conflicts, and more. And that’s just the template! I can make the entire thing entirely custom and make it work best for me.

It’s only been a few days of me using the program, but I think I’m going to swear by it. In the few days I’ve used it, I have made more progress on my manuscript because I can be more organised. There’s a function that I think everyone will want to use: we can link documents to each other! I have a list of all the minor characters that show up in my manuscript so that I can keep track of them, and the ability to link the character to the chapter that they appear in has been game-changing.

If you want to try Scrivener without paying the fee (which is more than understandable!), there is a free trial option. I have linked their website right here. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re a writer or any sort of creative that uses written word to stay organised! They have all sorts of templates, from radio shows to novels, and everything in between.

If you know of any other writing resources that might be useful, please include them in the comments below. Do you have any recommendations or questions? Let me know! And, as always, thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Kaitlin

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