The best novel writing software just got better. And that my friends is darn good. We’re talking about Literature and Latte’s Scrivener. There’s none better imho and here’s why.
If you’re writing a book (of any kind) you wind up with a lot of words. And the more words you have, the longer the manuscript, the more difficulty you have finding and sorting through it to fix “that one spot”.
With Scrivener, you can break your novel right down into scenes if you like and every scene then shows up as a separate line in the right-hand tool bar. Want to change a scene, click on the heading and you’re right there. There’s no hunting or searching through thousands of words. That’s what I do now. I break my work, fiction or non-fiction, into the smallest possible sections and write from there. I can see the order of the book emerging and as I edit, add or delete, or move sections, the book gets written.
Want to reorder the scenes? Drag and drop to change the order of that right-hand sidebar.
Have trouble naming your characters? There’s a name generator.
Dictionary (check) Thesaurus (check) Word counts by selection or project (check) Grammar and Spelling (check) Formatting – easy and instant results on your documents with a single click.
Anything I need to do with a novel (or non-fiction) from start to finish can be done with Scrivener.
Output to publish?
There are a ton of choices here – from epub, docx, to pdf and everything in between.
What About Using A Simple Word Processor Instead?
Been there, done that. At the time, Word was the best novel writing software, and I wrote my biggest book on it. Well north of 100,000 words, it was a nightmare to edit. The project editor and I finally agreed to break it down into sections and work on each section individually. She then collected them all into a single manuscript.
With Scrivener, even if my editor prefers to work with .doc format then I can output a doc and when I get the material back, I can keep the returned document open and work in Scrivener to fix/rewrite sections. I keep it all straight in one place instead of having to scroll and click back and forth between two similar documents trying to match them up. This might not sound like much but when you’re dealing with red lines all over the place and suggestions, it’s much easier (at least for me) to keep my scenes/chapters separated in Scrivener.
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Windows or Mac?
Yes. There are versions for both.
Compared to Word, this is a steal. At $45 dollars, you can’t complain about it. There’s a free trial period in case you don’t want to spend the money. My sense of this is that this is such a powerful bit of novel writing software I’d just jump in, suck it up, learn to use the “how-to” sections and watch every video on the Literature and Latte support systems. That’s what I did.
Check it out here (the videos are here) and all the documentation is on the support pages.
I don’t get any money for recommending this software, it’s not an affiliate link or anything like that. This is the best writing tool, the best writing software, for whatever project you are writing.