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A few years ago, I became convinced that if I could only find the right software for writing, I would be able to write my novel and so I went merrily off on another detour, namely a quest to find the perfect writing tool. (Yes, instead of writing.) I tried out several on free trials and even bought one that I thought would do before I discovered *drum roll* Scrivener.

The search was over.

At that time it was only for Macs but now runs on PCs as well. There are so many things I like about it and it has gotten even better over the years. For one thing, it has a handy name generator for those moments when you are whizzing along and a new character suddenly jumps into the scene and things grind to a halt because you can't think of a name. It is those little touches that make Scrivener so good.

Scrivener allows the author to jump around from scene to scene and then reorder them as necessary. It has a research pane where pictures and notes and background material can be stashed and easily accessed. There are several different templates, too, so that I use it for writing articles and blog posts for work and well as my attempts at fiction.

Although it is possible to jump right in with Scrivener, I'd suggest watching some of the tutorial videos about it that are available on Literature and Latte's website or on YouTube. Two ebooks have recently been published about using Scrivener. Take Control of Scrivener 2 by Kirk McElhearn and Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson. 

Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves. A very generous free trial is available.


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