For me, Scrivener is up there with books, dogs, and peanut butter. If you have ever had a conversation with me, you know how high of a compliment that is.
I genuinely feel that if you are a writer of any sort (including academic) and have not used Scrivener, you are missing out on something.
Let me start at the beginning.
My evolution of writing tools went something like this: crayons, pencils, mechanical pencils, pens, word processor, Scrivener.
I used Word for a long time. It worked, sort of. It’s fine for short stories and poems, but if you have ever tried to write a novel in Word, you know that it crashes the second you start counting your words in ten-thousands. Sure, you can split your baby up in different files, but if you’re an indecisive creature like me, sometimes paragraphs move from chapter to chapter. And no, I do not want to open and search through twelve different files to figure out what color the minor character’s eyes are. Besides that, there’s page breaks and section breaks to deal with. Really, formatting a book in a typical word processor is just a mess.
Can you tell I did not have a good experience with Word?
How did I find it? NaNoWriMo, of course! I participated my junior year of high school, won, and received the magical Scrivener discount. However, I did not buy Scrivener at that time. I was still using my poor Toshiba laptop and had plans to go Mac. (If you’ve read my post about how to organize your writing, you know I have done so.) But alas, there was no Scrivener for Windows back then. (They have since rectified that situation.)
There was, however, a beta!
I downloaded it, tried it, and immediately fell in love. Let me point out that my first experience with Scrivener was a semi-buggy beta, without all the features it has now. And it was still fifty times better than Word.
The absolute first download I made after buying my Mac was Scrivener. And (hold onto your hats, folks). I paid full price for it.
Again, if you know me, you know how much of a compliment that is. I learned two things from my mother: go straight to the clearance rack and always check the “cheap grocery store” first. (To this day, I do not know the real name of that establishment.) So when I say I paid full price for something, it doesn’t matter if the price was two bucks or two thousand. That means I wanted it. Like I was going to spontaneously combust if I did not have said item in my possession.
So that’s the story of how I came to be a Scrivenite. (Real word? Doubtful, but I like it.) Let me come to the review portion of this review.
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Victoria Griffin is an author and editor based in East Tennessee. She provides developmental and line editing for traditionally and independently publishing authors. Her short fiction has appeared in more than 40 publications, and she is represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency.
She is the author of the workbooks Edit Like a Pro and Craft Your Query. She is also the owner of Blue Pen Publishing Services, which provides book design and branding services for independent authors. Email Victoria.