Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.

Designed to be extremely adaptable, Scrivener has a range of tools that can be utilised or ignored to suit the way different writers work. Thus, while some may prefer to meticulously plot and plan their draft in the outliner before even the first sentence takes shape, Scrivener can be equally useful as an organisational tool for those who write first and order their output after.   When it comes to novel writing, author and screenwriter Neil Cross definitely falls into the second camp. Along with a number of bestselling novels, he has also used Scrivener to write the scripts for several BBC dramas and ongoing movie projects. One of the program’s earliest adopters, he has been a user since 2006. Here, he explains how Scrivener has helped him organise his creative process.
With series writing becoming ever more popular, particularly in genre fiction, writers are looking for a way to manage the research and notes overarching several novels. Often, writers will be required to produce multiple novels within a twelve month period. Without good organisation, tracking details relating to settings, themes and characters that reoccur across several hundred thousand words can be extremely time consuming and frustrating, particularly when tight publishing deadlines are involved.

Julia Pierce

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