So I don’t even know how to write this post without sounding like a shill “review” on Amazon, but honestly, I just discovered Scrivener and I am so thrilled that someone decided to make something like this that I just have to say thanks.
I’ve been using word processors pretty much since they began, and the worst thing about all of them is that they are geared towards writing business documents. Typewriters, at least, had no such bias, but just about any word processor requires you to make a custom manuscript template and they default to awful options for writers. Yeah, I’m looking at you MS Word.
I stopped writing a long time ago and just started again, and was thrilled to find that there was a word processor made especially for writers. I was expecting to install LibreOffice or something like that and then start working on manuscript templates, but then I came across Scrivener and tried it out.
I’m a computer programmer at my day job, so I realized right away what Scrivener was. It’s not a word processor, it’s an IDE for writing! An IDE is an application that programmers use to write software (Integrated Development Environment), and IDEs on one level pull together resources from a bunch of related files to “compile” a finished program.
That’s exactly what Scrivener does! It provides a complete work environment, and allows you to easily edit, rearrange, and re-compile at will. And you can write on the screen in lime green Comic Sans while still compiling a manuscript in perfect submission format
So anyway, I’m a bit tickled to find something like this, especially since it gives me a writing tool that is so similar to what I use at my day job for programming. I’m glad that someone made something like this, it’s the most writer-friendly product I’ve used since the IBM Selectric II.
Also, enjoy the compliments while they last, I just started using Scrivener and I’ll likely be along with complaints soon enough