I’ve written three novels now. Two using Word and one using Scrivener. Hmmm. I wonder which was the best experience. Let’s see.
The first one, Beauty Rising, was written on MSWORD and later transferred over to Scrivener on the recommendation of a friend so I could make a Kindle version. Well, of course, dealing with WORD is a pain and I muddled through the transfer and, honestly, didn’t do a very good job in setting up the Kindle version. But Scrivener did its job flawlessly and I came out with an acceptable Kindle ebook.
My second novel, The Recluse Storyteller – set to release in October – was also written on WORD. I recently shifted it over to Scrivener, now knowing a few things I didn’t before, and the Kindle version will even be much better.
I quickly grew to love the export capabilities of Scrivener.
My third novel (title not yet released) which I just finished in July was the first project completely written on Scrivener. Might I just say – wow! Just fantastic and I shall never go back to WORD.
In summary, what makes Scrivener great is that it was created for authors. Putting together a novel is rarely a linear feat. It comes with brainstorming, with new ideas that pop up and need to be inserted somewhere, the changing around of chapters, the deletion of chapters, etc…
Scrivener makes it possible to do all of this and much more with great ease. Interchange chapters with a quick flick of your wrist. Move portions of text around anywhere without interrupting the rest of the manuscript. View only single chapters at a time, or use the Scrivenings mode to see the whole manuscript. Everything is made easier for the writer. There is a corkboard for brainstorming if that is your thing. Great places to jot down notes or ideas for certain chapters.
I’m definitely still learning the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of all of their features, but the basic items which writers will use frequently are quite intuitive to use.
It has excellent compilation features for making books in all kinds of formats including Kindle, ePub, etc…
It automatically backs up in Dropbox or, as I use it, Google Drive (more on that later).
If you are a serious writer who needs to compile a novel, play, biography, dissertation, etc… then the $40 on Scrivener will be well spent.
PS: I use Scrivener for Windows.