Scrivener! Ooooh, Wow!

scrivener logoI love Scrivener. Honestly, I do. I have had Scrivener for almost two years now (Two years in October to be exact. Well, not really exact because I don’t know the exact date. Exact.) aaaand I don’t know how I survived without it. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. Anyway, some of you may be asking, what is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a word processor on steroids. (cliche alert!) Instead of all of your writing being in one continuous uncategorized document. Or in multiple documents that get confusing when you have more then one or two open. Scrivener has all of those separate documents in one document except they are still separate, but together. Gooood description, Leetah… Anyway, you have your main ‘draft’ or ‘manuscript’ folder and then folders within that for chapters and then text documents for scenes. You can even make a text document be a folder and hold subscenes. Subscenes? Sure why not.

And on top of all this folder craziness, there is also a folder for your research. Now you can keep it all together within one document so you don’t have to spend hours searching for that one bit of information that you cannot remember where you saved it. And you can view your research at the same time as the document you are working on with the split screen function. Freaking awesome.

There are so many functions that Scrivener offers. And I honestly don’t even use them all, but that is another great thing about it. You don’t have to use every function. You can pick and choose the ones that work for you. For example, I love the ‘Project Targets’ pop up that I keep open at all times to check out my progress toward both my total word count goal and my session word count goal. Others may haaaate seeing how many words they still have left to go. But I hate not knowing!

I even use Scrivener for my website content. I am typing in it right now! I have year/month folders and within those I have my blog posts. I also have a ‘not yet posted’ folder for posts I have gotten ahead on. Or that I have just scribbled down an idea for. I just realized that I have not taken advantage of the research folder for my website content Scrivener document. How silly of me. Note to self: USE THE RESEARCH FOLDER.

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I truly believe that Scrivener is an indispensable tool for writers.

What writing tools do you use that you couldn’t imagine writing without?

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.


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  • I’ve toyed with the idea of using Scrivner but don’t necessarily like to write online. My internet connection isn’t always reliable. Do you find this (writing online) to be a problem?

    • Hi Diane,

      Scrivener isn’t actually online! It is an installable word processor just like Microsoft Word (but better times one billion).

      I’ve never used any of the write online type apps before. That sketches me out too much.

  • Lol I Love this post! Super funny and informative, a really good plug for Scrivener without getting too serious or technical. Gave me a good idea for my blog too!

  • Hurray for Scrivener, and Hurray for your enthusiasm for its amazingness. And for your courage in venturing into the writing life. And hurray for Vancouver Island too. I live on Galiano Island, a close neighbour! and I have used Scrivener for years, and am now learning how to use it more (and more!). I’m also learning with ‘the Scrivener Coach’ – google- Learn Scrivener Fast.

    • Hi Sarah!

      I don’t think I have ever been to Galiano! (Unless it was when I was little and I just don’t remember…) I obviously neeeeeed too…
      I figure out new ways to use Scrivener all the time! I’ll definitely give that a Google 🙂

  • Word processor on steroids is the perfect explanation for this. It’s all that and a side drink. Seriously. What would I do without it? I think I’ve had it for just about a year now, actually, maybe less, and I’m all kinds of obsessed with it.

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