Scrivener’s hidden magic

For those of you who have been following my journey, or those of you who have met me online over the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard my constant, possibly annoying praise, of a little piece of software called Scrivener. It’s what I used to write my NaNoWriMo novel this past November. Microsoft Word? Pshaw…

Tremendous features, such as full-screen to avoid distractions, the ability to paste in web links for research, character cards with photos to refer to, spelling and grammar checks, and so much more I can’t even list. The one feature I’ve been trying to preach more and more to fellow self-publishers is Scrivener’s incredible ability to compile and export your work into multiple e-book formats. Publishing on Kindle? Click a button. Barnes & Noble? Click a button. PDF for print? Click a button. It took me more time, far more time as a matter of fact, to write the ‘back cover blurb’ for my novel than it took to compile it and export it into four different formats.

The creator, Literature and Latte (great company name), just posted a YouTube video showing how easy it is to export. Highly recommend viewing this, then I highly recommend skipping a venti latte or two over the next few months and buying this program. You won’t regret it…

And if you want to support a struggling writer like me, use the Scrivener link in the right hand column on my blog, a little farther down the page. That way I can buy a latte for myself.

Here’s the video:


  1. eric swett - February 19, 2011 11:06 am

    Well Steve I think you have talked me into giving it a try. Is the windows version past beta yet?

  2. Steve - February 19, 2011 11:23 am

    Not yet, but I know from their blog posts they’re working hard on it. Not sure what the differences are (link is here: but I believe it’s fully functional. Me…I’m a Mac guy, so it’s right up my alley. Every writer/creative should go Mac!

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  4. Gord - February 19, 2011 3:38 pm

    I wasn’t aware of Scrivener’s extra export options. Very cool. It took some adjustment, but now I use Scrivener for almost everything I write and have for over three years. @Steve everyone should use Macs for all of their computing. 🙂

    • Steve - February 19, 2011 4:27 pm

      Thanks for reading! I swear by it; outlined character cards, imported photos of who I thought those characters would look like, used the corkboard – basically eliminated any paper. And then ebook publishing pretty much eliminated post-process paper!


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