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Scrivener – A Writer’s Best Friend

Scrivener. Strange name for such a fantastic writing tool. I purchased this program this past September with the intention it would help me organize all the ideas and ideas I have for those ideas in one convenient location. The problem is, I tend to scribble notes and whatnots in notebooks and scraps of paper. This can sometimes lead to have numerous notes on one story on pieces of paper, back of napkins, sketchpads, and so on. Needless to say, this isn’t an efficient way to keep notes or to write. So in an effort to cut down on this, I’ve purchased Scrivener which I like to think is a mash-up of Final Draft and Evernote. With Scrivener, you can create a project which contains a separate file (or files) for research. The nice thing is you can add different types of files and images to your notes in Scrivener. Another selling point is how easy it is to keep track of your working drafts and pieces you may have edited out of your work. I have a tendency to keep every single piece of work I do on a project “just in case”, you know. Scrivener offers a free trial (and no- that isn’t an affiliate link) where you can open the program up to thirty times instead of the typical 30-day trial. There is a bit of a learning curve to using Scrivener but it’s worth the time to take it out for a test drive.

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