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Tools I Use: Scrivener

One of my favorite programs over the past few years is the Mac-only writing program Scrivener. If you’re doing any kind of creative writing, give it a try. I raved about it on my Twitter feed a couple weeks back, and David Johnson — the sales and marketing man and chief tea-maker for the program’s publisher, Literature & Latte — asked if I’d be willing to provide a testimonial for it. Once I finished up Vegas Knights, I did just that, joining a host of authors including Lou AndersTobias Buckell, Maureen JohnsonAntony Johnston, and Charles Stross on Scrivener’s testimonials page.

Here’s what I had to say:

Scrivener is brilliant, one of the best reasons to own a Mac. I’ve written comic books, screenplays, and novels in it, and it’s been invaluable in each format. The corkboard display makes breaking down a plot a breeze, and it helps keep me on track throughout the entire project.

Scrivener is that perfect sort of program. It’s intuitive enough that you can just jump in and use it, but it’s also wildly versatile and features plenty of power under the hood should you care to tinker with it. I wrote thirteen published novels in Word, and after writing my latest two in Scrivener, there’s no way I’m going back!

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    1. @mforbeck 30 day trial downloaded. I’m about to start working some stuff and will give it a try!

    2. @mforbeck Everytime I try to load Scrivener, I get an error that says “I would prefer not to.” #obviousjoke #melville

  1. Bill showed me his Scrivener- his main reason for sticking with his mac IIRC, at new year. I must say I was impressed. No mac user myself, I have to stick with my trusty Keynote (not the mac app), now revived after some 5 years fallow as KeyNote NF (New Features). Not as flash as Scrivener, but it has some unique features, it’s Windows compatible and it’s free! 😉

  2. Bill showed me his Scrivener- his main reason for sticking with his mac IIRC, at new year. I must say I was impressed. No mac user myself, I have to stick with my trusty Keynote (not the mac app), now revived after some 5 years fallow as KeyNote NF (New Features). Not as flash as Scrivener, but it has some unique features, it’s Windows compatible and it’s free! 😉

  3. Hello Matt,

    Thought I better clarify that I cannot lay any claim to creating Scrivener – although it would be nice. That is all down to Keith Blount. I do help Keith as much as I can, but he remains the architect. As it says on our About page:

    “David handles sales, marketing, accounts and general tea-making. He will answer all of your sales queries (just as soon as he’s made the tea; yes, we know, he should really be making latte).”

    You can probably tell that Keith wrote that! Once again, thanks for your testimonial.

    All the best,
    David

  4. Hello Matt,

    Thought I better clarify that I cannot lay any claim to creating Scrivener – although it would be nice. That is all down to Keith Blount. I do help Keith as much as I can, but he remains the architect. As it says on our About page:

    “David handles sales, marketing, accounts and general tea-making. He will answer all of your sales queries (just as soon as he’s made the tea; yes, we know, he should really be making latte).”

    You can probably tell that Keith wrote that! Once again, thanks for your testimonial.

    All the best,
    David

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