I’m planning to do NaNoWriMo, and hopefully get 50% off Scriv for Windows. Do I have to use the Scriv trial version to achieve this, or is the offer open to anyone who completes 50k for NaNoWriMo, however it’s done?



If you did Nano last year, your 50% off code from last year will be saved and you can use that.

If you didn’t:

You could use Word,, Google Docs, a notebook, any method of writing you please and get the code. All you need to do is get winnerized by the Nano site and on your Winner Goodies page will be the Scriv code.

Yup, you don’t have to use Scrivener, anyone that wins no matter how they do so is eligible for the coupon—I believe it will be sent out in the winner’s package that everyone gets.

… though of course if you don’t use scrivener you’re barking. :wink:

The 035 beta is as good to use as any software out there AND it lasts for the entire duration of NaNoWriMo and a week beyond … so why wouldn’t you use it?

The 035 beta will expire on Nov 7th, but there will be a special NaNoWriMo trial version out shortly which will run through Dec 7th, so you’ll want to grab that version when it becomes available.

Thanks to all for your replies - great to know. And, as you say, you’d have to be barking NOT to use Scriv! :slight_smile: Counting down…

I just downloaded the NaNoWriMo trial version - very nice! Looks like a few tweaky-changes from 0.35 but nothing radically different. Or is this just the look of the special template for NaNoWriMo and Scrivener hasn’t changed?

There have been a few bug fixes, yes. The drag and drop in the binder and outliner is different from b35, too. It should be more visually obvious what is going on now, and you don’t have to pause to nest.

I have a question. I started writing something in the Scrivener Windows Beta. After the Beta runs out, is there any way I’ll be able to see what I was working on??? Because I think I’m going to need some of the info from what I’m writing now for my Nano novel.

EDIT: Or if I get the Nano Beta thingy, will I be able to use that to continue working on my current document? And where can I get the Nano beta thing (I’m on Nano already, that’s where I found out about Scrivener)

Future betas and final versions of Scrivener will be able to read the files created by previous versions of Scrivner. Which means that yes, you can open your previous beta-created nano project in the NaNo Scrivener release, as well as in the final 1.0 release when it comes out.

Also, a common question that new users ask is “will upgrading my Scrivener to the next version delete/make inaccessible all of the writing I’ve done in it previously?” Answer: No. Upgrading, uninstalling and reinstalling your software will not affect what you have written, though you may loose track of the “recent documents” list. Just be sure you know where your projects are on your hard drive (typically in the Documents folder).

Feeling horribly confused; does this mean that by December, Scrivener for Windows will be out of beta? (because right now, when I try to click on buy Scrivener, it says ‘this option is not currently available’.

Sorry, I was confused as to which kind of computer you were running (your platform doesn’t show when I’m in the composition page).

I don’t know for 100% sure on this (I’m just a user, so I don’t know anything more than what is posted here by the developers and other staff of Lit & Lat), but I believe the windows version is officially scheduled to be released by Nov 1. At that time, you’ll be able to buy it, but with the NaNo version (see links below) you can put that off until early December.

Before the trial version expires, you can use the Compile function to output your manuscript in a word-compatible format. You can do that every day after writing something if you like, just to have an alternative “backup”. If you let Scrivener expire, but decide to buy it later, as soon as you put in the license number, you’ll be able to use Scrivener with any of your previously created projects. In a pinch, you can navigate into your project folder with the windows file explorer and find all of the .rtf files that represent each scene. They’ll just be named 1.rtf, 2.rtf… in the order they were created in, so it can become a jumble if you insert new scenes between others, or rearrange stuff, but your writing will be accessible in almost any word processor.

Information on the Nano version is available here: … hreads/565
… and the Nano Windows Scrivener version is available here:

If I already have the regular beta installed, do I have to uninstall it to install the NaNoWriMo version?

I would just install the templates, but what about the regular beta’s Nov 7th expiration?

Or can I just install the NaNoWriMo version with the regular beta still installed?

I would uninstall the beta, then install the nano version. The NaNo version has some bug fixes and the dragging/dropping has really improved.