I’ve written six nonfiction books about Apple, and every time during the writing process, I’d grind to a halt because I had no idea how to organize all the material I’d gathered.
So I’d do what every writer has done since time immemorial: I’d take reams and reams of notes, cut them up into small pieces, and then tape them together in an order that made some kind of sense. The trouble is, it rarely did!
Little did I know, there’s a much easier way: Scrivener.
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Scrivener: The indispensable app for complex writing projects
Scrivener is a writing tool for Mac or Windows that helps with big, complex writing projects. A ton of professional writers I know swear by it.
Clive Thompson, Steven Johnson and Charlie Stross are just three scribblers who have written bestselling books using the software.
“I use Scrivener to organize most of my nonfiction research and writing,” says Clive Thompson, a technology journalist who writes for The New York Times Magazine, Wired and others, and who wrote Coders, a highly praised book about programmers.
“It’s a terrific database and writing tool,” Thompson said.
Thompson uses Scrivener for the entire writing process: research, organization and writing — and even uses it as a kind of external brain.
“When I’m at my desk, someone asks me a question and I’ll go oh, I think I have something on that,” he said. “It really helps me come up with new ideas, to reaccess things I vaguely remember but can refresh myself on the details. The searchability is really fantastic.”
Scrivener helps with the writers’ workflow
Likewise, bestselling nonfiction author Steven Johnson is a dedicated Scrivener user. Johnson says the software can be complex and has a learning curve, but the fundamental architecture “changes everything about the way you navigate from the early stages of the project to a completed manuscript.”
He adds: “My Scrivener-based workflow seems to fit the way my mind works better than any approach I’ve employed in the past.”
Charlie Stross, a Hugo-winning sci-fi author, wrote his novel, Neptune’s Brood, entirely in Scrivener.
He describes the software as “a creator’s workbench, and as such it offers a panoply of tools to assist you in composition.”
Scrivener is especially useful with plotting, Stross writes.
“I’ve used it before in writing several novels where the plot got so gnarly and tangled up that I badly needed a tool to manage all my plot strands, an area in which Scrivener excels.”
Dozens and dozens of other writers also rave about the software. There are several pages of testimonials on the Scrivener website.
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