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I’ve talked about Scrivener before, and how much I love it. It is truly the best software for writing of any kind, especially creative writing. I don’t claim to be an expert on Scrivener, but I have been using it for some time now, and have had the time to pick up a few things. […]

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  • Rowan WorthMay 20, 2014 - 4:28 PM

    Zipping the file is important especially if you’re backing it up to the Cloud. I had some bizarre glitches going on with text versions mixing up, and it turned out to be an issue between Dropbox and non-zipped Scrivener files. (I was working with a huge document, which didn’t help.) Zipping seems to have solved things. I recommend backing up to a flashdrive or external hard drive AND the cloud, just in case. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • LucindaMay 20, 2014 - 5:31 PM

      Did you see the links to the blog posts about Scrivener and Dropbox, Rowan? There are some tricks on how to set it up efficiently. And I agree, backing up to external drives online offsite is the best way. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel GardinaMay 20, 2014 - 6:41 PM

    Great info, Lucinda. Thanks for the shout-out.ReplyCancel

  • DutchgMay 21, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    Thanks for the helpful info, Lucinda. I’m a new Scrivener user and am trying to learn all I can. One question: I recently started using 7zip because I like it’s password-protection capability. So I’m a little dismayed to hear that it’s not recommended for Scrivener. Can you please point me to your source on that? I’d like to learn more specifics.


    • LucindaMay 21, 2014 - 8:36 AM

      Hi, Dutchg, thanks for the visit. I got the information about the 7zip directly from Scrivener Windows support. I’d encourage you to contact them if you need more details.ReplyCancel

  • DutchgMay 21, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    Thanks, Lucinda.ReplyCancel

Or I should say, Why I Love Scrivener So Much. What is Scrivener? It’s a software program for writers. According to their website: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus […]

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  • Chris BetcherDecember 10, 2013 - 3:14 AM

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I wrote a book a couple of years ago and discovered Scrivener at the time (you an only use Microsoft Word for so long on a big project like a book before you realise there has to be a better way! Writing a business letter is very different to writing a book!)

    I doubt I would have ever finished the book without Scrivener. Truly an amazing writing tool and so refreshing to see tool that takes another (better) approach to writing.ReplyCancel

  • donnacndDecember 10, 2013 - 5:01 AM

    Great post; thank you! I got Scrivener during last year’s NaNo, and knew I wasn’t tapping all of its features. Thanks for helping me learn more.ReplyCancel

  • Christine GasserDecember 10, 2013 - 2:33 PM

    I agree with you 110% to everything you wrote here. I love the binder, for some reason I tend to sneak up on my story, so the third chapter is usually the first and it is so easy to make that the first step in editing! My DH, with his surprising super power of editing, will come home from work and sip a glass of wine and make comments in a chapter as I cook dinner. It’s all so seamless and easy. After decades on Word, Scrivener is like writer’s steroids. I need to keep this brief before it sounds too ‘rainbows and unicorns’ LOL ReplyCancel

  • DaveDecember 10, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    I agree with you one hundred percent on Scrivener’s best feature ever, Lucinda. Being a, as your put it, “discovery writer” myself, I like to write what I’m inspired to write, then move things around when necessary.

    Thanks for the great post.ReplyCancel

  • Mark AndersonDecember 10, 2013 - 6:08 PM

    Love Scrivener! For anyone just beginning to learn it, I would highly recommend the very successful online Scrivener class taught by Gwen Hernandez. Her Scrivener for Dummies is a valuable resource as well, and I keep it close by on my desktop as I write. For more information go to Now, I have to get back to my revisions–using Scrivener, of course! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LucindaDecember 10, 2013 - 7:53 PM

    Thank you, everyone. Scrivener really has revolutionized my writing and helped me become more efficient about my ideas and stories.ReplyCancel

  • PopDecember 11, 2013 - 4:36 AM


    Nice confession of yours there about Scrinever.

    Totally agreed with your words, I for one is a die-hard Scrinever fan.

    When everything is in one place and organization is at one glance using the binder. The only fun thing to do next is just write.


  • Zelda BenjaminDecember 11, 2013 - 4:45 AM

    I love the working in the binder and being able to move everything around with just a click and drop. Thanks for the color coordinating tips.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline DeaconDecember 11, 2013 - 8:34 AM

    good article. I’m a Scrivener convert too but my files don’t look as pretty! Thanks for the info on how to change the colours

  • Judy ShafarmanDecember 26, 2013 - 6:32 PM

    Very good article. Thank you. I’m just coming out with my first book and definitely see my direction in independent publishing. judyshafarman.comReplyCancel

  • […] that other day I was reading Lucinda Whitney’s blog post discussing my favorite writing software, Scrivener. It’s a great post, and you should go read […]ReplyCancel

  • Megan StewartDecember 31, 2013 - 3:20 PM

    Thank you for this post. Like others, I’ve been looking for a way to better organize my ideas and stories. I don’t like to write in a linear fashion, and Word just doesn’t cut it. I look forward to reading more from you in the new year!!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 31, 2013 - 3:40 PM

      Thanks, Megan! Doesn’t Scrivener make so much sense? It really opened up so many possibilities for me, and it makes the writing process so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Jack SwanzyJanuary 18, 2014 - 10:42 PM

    Beware! If you backup to a thumb drive, you are backing up a single file, not the complete project. Don’t learn this the hard way.ReplyCancel

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  • Kathy ReinhartSeptember 17, 2014 - 8:26 AM

    This is one of the better Scrivener tutorials I’ve seen. I also began using it after a NaNoWriMo contest and have been hooked ever since. I even went as far as to purchase the Scrivener book to learn some of the lesser known features. If I could only choose one app to keep on my computer, it would be Scrivener.ReplyCancel

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