I Finally Got Scrivener

Scrivener has been a writing program that’s been in the back of my mind for a long time. So many of my writer friends that I’ve met through WordPress, social media, and NaNoWriMo swear by it. Even though I typically reach my goal each NaNo session and claim a “win,” I’ve never taken the opportunity to get 50% off of Scrivener. Until this summer.

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Too Comfortable With Word

In the back of my mind, I knew I would make the leap someday. I’ve seen people post screenshots of their work using the program on Instagram and other social media. I’ve always thought, “That’d be cool to use!”

I mean, the way I write my novels are using Word document and having a large poster with post-it notes along with a notebook or two of outlines and research. It’s a lot and if you use Scrivener, all of that is in one place.

(Who am I kidding, I’m still going to use the post-it notes and notebooks because I’m visual in that sense!)

Also, I’ve been using Word since I’ve learned how to type. I feel like, if I stop using Word, I’ll be cheating on it in some way. All my novels are already on Word and I know how to use it. So, part of me didn’t want to make the switch because I didn’t want to learn how to use something new. I didn’t want to take that time away from actual writing. Not to mention I didn’t feel like moving my novels from one program to another.

Too Much Money

Silly me, I thought Scrivener was too much money. Even though I get 50% off, I thought it would still be about $50 for me because I thought the program was $100. I also thought it was a monthly or yearly subscription. It just wasn’t something I wanted to commit to.

So, after all this time, I looked it up at the end of July, early August when the last Camp NaNoWriMo session ended. I got the 50% off code and decided to check it out.

Apparently, it’s a one-time payment and it’s only $45 which means it was about $22-$23 for me. In other words, I should have made the switch long ago.

Do your research, kids.

I Finally Got Scrivener

I’ll admit, I haven’t used it much yet. I’ve mostly been exploring what I can do on the program and am working toward moving some of my novels over onto it. Needless to say, I haven’t really sat down and “wrote” using Scrivener just yet. I’m looking forward to starting something new with it though. I’ll be continuing my mystery and other novels, but I might try to start something new so I can learn the program as I go along with a new writing project.

I think I need something fresh like this to get myself back into the habit of writing again. I think, between Scrivener and NaNo coming next month, this is a good opportunity for me to get back into that routine. I’m looking forward to it.

Do you have Scrivener? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around!

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8 thoughts on “I Finally Got Scrivener

  1. I have used Scrivener for about five years and would be totally lost without it. You don’t have to use all the bells and whistles at the get go and I still learn something new about it all the time. I started using it right after I first downloaded it and never like some became discouraged.

    • I feel like it’s been around forever. I’ve just always kept putting it off. I’m glad you’ve had such a good experience with it though. It’s an awesome program.

  2. I’ll be interested to hear your reactions when you start working with Scrivener. I bought it after a NaNo some time ago, but I didn’t make it over the hump of the learning curve. But then, I also haven’t been working on my novels much lately, focusing on short stories instead. I keep telling myself that when I start a new novel, I’ll start it in Scrivener. I’ve heard all the rave reviews, like you have, but wow, so much to learn and get used to!

    • It is a lot to learn, I agree! I do enjoy that there are different templates though. Short stories is one of them. There’s also script writing on there too, which is something I’ve wanted to learn for a while. I’m certainly planning on doing a mini blog series about Scrivener and my experiences with it.

  3. I got Scrivener while I was writing my last book – I didn’t use it because I couldn’t take the time it would take to learn the program – I ended up downloading stuff from You Tube, which confused me more. Admittedly I am a digital ignoramus, so I will try it again.

    • That’s fair. I looked at the tutorial, saw all there was, and exited out of it. I then opened a brand new document and started clicking buttons and random things just to see what they’d do. That’s how I learn best, lol.

  4. I’ve just started using it to revise my first book for children, and I think it’s great. After my initial read-through, I noted several places where I needed to add more scenes, and Scrivener makes that so easy. It’s probably my favourite aspect, though the corkboard is a close second.

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