I'm Robert E Kreig and I make stuff up.
Except for today.
Today, I'm writing to you about something that other writers might find useful.
Recently, I purchased Scrivener 3 through the Mac App store to organise and write my books. I've read a great deal of reviews about the software, watched a lot of YouTube videos and weighed up the cost compared to other products out there as well as my "up to now" way of writing.
It took a little bit to get a handle on how things operate in Scrivener, but once I set it up to how I like it, I fell in love.
So, what is scrivener?
Scrivener is an app that helps with organising your research, notes, character biographies, location details, chapters, everything related to writing. There is a spell/grammar check that helps, but I have found it to be a little faulty at times. It picks up on the major issues, but it also keeps telling me that "to" should be "too" in a sentence like, "He fell on his knees and pleaded to be set free."
Apart from those kinds of little hiccups, Scrivener is brilliant.
Everything is in one place and time is saved by having it all right there in one app. Up until I started to use Scrivener, I have multiple documents open on the computer and scraps of paper containing my scribbled notes all over my desk. Now, I can fit my extra large mug of coffee on a coaster and concentrate without the mess.
It isn't just for the novelist either. Scrivener contains templates for fiction and non-fiction writers alike. The templates can even be modified to your preferred calibrations.
There is so much more that Scrivener can do. I could write on and on about the features of the app, but I would like to get back to my novel writing eventually.
Scrivener is Mac friendly at the moment. They are making efforts to work with Windows operating systems, but I have seen a few reviews from PC users who have found that they have had more negative experiences that those of us blessed ones who prefer the apple symbol.
I am still working out the full potential power of Scrivener 3 on Mac and have discovered more and more with each use.
A great tool for writers, in my opinion.
I must note that I have not been paid by Scrivener for this little review. These are my thoughts and the thoughts of the voices in my head.
If you want to learn more about Scrivener, this is a good place to start:
Another good place to get an overview of a much more experienced user of Scrivener is here:
Robert E Kreig.