Scrivener for Authors

I’ve been a Scrivener user (on Windows) since it was in beta, and I am a believer. I do think it is important to use it as a tool to write, and not get too wrapped up in all the bells and whistles of the program, tweaking settings and playing around with features rather than, you know, writing your book. Check out this article and the accompanying video. Also note that Scrivener has a free trail version if you want to take it for a spin, and if you do decide to buy it, it’s very affordable.


This is a very short comment as an add-on to my video about writing with Scrivener. I’d recommend you take a few minutes to watch the video before reading on, because it’ll make more sense!

When I was talking about the way that Scrivener works for me, the main thing is, it’s entirely flexible. It doesn’t force the author to work in a specific way, it is intuitive and lets the user define how it’ll work.

Scrivener has three main areas: the ‘binder’ on the left; the workspace in the middle, and the information space on the right. These are my terms, incidentally, not Scrivener’s.

The binder is where all the documents you are working on are kept. They work as file boxes clipped into a large lever-arch file, each file box having one or a number of pages held within. Sometimes I use the files as simply a running timeline…

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