5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

As a full-time writer, I take my tools seriously. With a blog, a podcast, speeches, and a new book in the works, I have to maximize my productivity. I have a daily word count goal, and I can’t afford to let the tools get in the way.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

But, unfortunately, they often do. Until a month ago, I had nearly half a dozen word processors in my active tool kit:

  • I wrote my blog posts in ByWord and then transferred to MarsEdit for tagging and uploading.

  • I wrote the “show prep” for my podcast and my speeches in OmniOutliner.

  • I wrote my e-books and other shorter documents in Pages. I wrote my books in Word.

Keeping the functionality of each tool straight was challenging. All I really wanted to do—and needed to do—was write.

Recently, I switched to Scrivener for everything. Though it’s advertised as a manuscript and script-writing tool, I found it works beautifully for all kinds of writing, from blog posts to podcast prep, from sales copy to speeches.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

I now begin every piece of content—no matter what it is—with this tool. It has simplified my life and enabled me to focus on the most important aspect of my job—creating new content. I am more productive than ever.

If you are a writer (or want to be), you might consider switching to Scrivener, too. Here are my top five reasons:

  1. It provides a hierarchical file structure. Some people love to brainstorm with a mind mapping tool of some sort. The company that created Scrivener even offers one called Scapple. While I have used mind mapping from time to time, it is not my go-to method.

    I naturally think in outlines and lists. I need a tool that shows hierarchy, so the ideas and the sub ideas are readily apparent. I loved OmniOutliner for this reason. However, it was a single-purpose tool. I found it difficult to get content in and out of it.

    Scrivener solves this problem, because it provides just enough outlining functionality to keep me organized without becoming overpowering. Most of my workflow is now within this one tool.

  2. It has a distraction-free composition mode. When I am writing, I need to focus on the words and nothing else. I have tried OmmWriter, iAWriter, Byword, Ulysses III, and a dozen others. (Let’s be honest, trying new apps is a lot more fun than actually writing!)

    Scrivener’s composition mode is the best, distraction-free writing environment I have ever used. Period. It gives me a single column of text—and nothing else:

    5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

    If I mouse over the bottom of the screen, it gives me a ribbon of useful information (e.g., word count) and tools I might want to access in this mode:

    5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

    This, plus a good musical playlist, and I am in business.

  3. It was created with writers in mind. So many other document processors were written to accommodate as many writing needs as possible. Scrivener was written specifically for writers. Here is a partial list of features I find helpful:

    • A binder to keep related documents together and organized.

    • A variety of helpful views: document, cork board, and outline.

    • Statistic tools, like word counts, and the ability to set and track word count goals. (Did I mention I am goal-oriented?)

    • Ability to split the screen, so I can, for example, have footnotes, in the bottom half of the screen.

    • An inspector window where I can keep notes, track status, link to articles, or even create custom meta data:

    • 5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

    • Take “snapshots” of documents, so I can rollback easily to previous versions.

    Other tools have some of these features. None of them are that revolutionary in themselves. But it is the presence of all of them together that makes me more productive.

  4. It supports multi-markdown. I have spent my entire career in book publishing. As a result, I love typography and book design. The only problem is I can spend too much time formatting my content rather than creating it.

    This is where multi-markdown has been a huge help to me. It is a method of writing that requires minimal formatting. For example, if I want to create a bulleted list, I just precede the item with an asterisk. If I want to create a numbered list, I precede it with a number. What could be easier?

    Unlike modern word processors, multi-markdown separates the content-creation phase from the formatting phase. Best of all, Scrivener understands multi-markdown and can translate it into whatever final output you want.

  5. It allows for a variety of export options. This is where Scrivener shines. It has the ability to export to nearly any format you can imagine.

    For example, I typically export my blog posts to HTML. I export my podcast show prep to multi-markdown, so my producer can create the show notes. I export my books to Word, so I can collaborate with my co-author or submit to my editor. I can even export directly to PDF, Kindle, ePub, or iBooks Author. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

By the way, last week I tweeted that I was using Scrivener for all my writing. Several of my followers asked why I was no longer using Evernote.

Actually, I am still using it—as much as ever. It is my digital brain. It is one of my three core productivity tools (the others being Nozbe and Google Calendar).

However, I am no longer using Evernote for writing. It’s not intended to be a word processor, and its writing functionality is minimal. If it works for you, great. I am now using Scrivener for this.

Honestly, I still feel I am a beginner when it comes to Scrivener. There is so much to learn. But that is not to say it is complex. You can become productive almost immediately, especially if you set it up the right way. (I’ll write more about that in a future post.)

If you haven’t tried Scrivener, you can download the trial version (also available for Windows) and give it a whirl. If you decide to buy it, you can get a 20 percent discount with my affiliate code: MICHAELHYATT.

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  • http://www.mhmcintyre.us/ Mark McIntyre

    Does anyone know of anything similar to this for Windows?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      How about Scrivener for Windows? ;-)

      • http://www.producewithpassion.com/ Dan McCoy

        Haha – you beat me to the punch. I was just about to ask the same question since the link was for MAC. Nice. I am several chapters into my new book. I am going to check this out. Gotta get the gemmelsmerch temptation off my screen. (Check out Ned Hallowell’s “Crazy Busy” if you want to know what gemmelsmerch is. ;-)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I should have added the link to the post itself. I have done that now in the last paragraph.
          I just ordered Crazy Busy. Sounds like a book I should read. Thanks!

          • http://www.producewithpassion.com/ Dan McCoy

            You should check out his Crazy busy app for the iPhone. I was with Ned last time I was in Nashville. Awesome guy. Great book too. I have his Nightingale Conant series “Success Strategies for the Crazy Busy” on my desk now.

          • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

            I recommend it as well. Honestly, I was skeptical because my wife found it for $1 at a discount store. But it is helpful and I have been a big advocate of it (I gave a copy away here even http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/top-commenters-of-march-013/)

            Dan McCoy – I did not realize Ned is in Nashville. Too cool.

          • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

            I listened to this book on CD from my library and wrote a blog post about it. Gemmelsmerch is a top 20 searched term for my nearly defunct blog (due to the fact I don’t know how to move it from being hosted on GoDaddy but plagued by an ‘internal server error’.)
            Great book.

      • Alicia Terry

        Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to use it. Look forward to hearing you speak at the She Speaks Conference in July.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I am looking forward to that conference to.

    • dr Frank

      I started using it on my Win7 machine and hopefully fills a great need. :D

  • Katie

    Can you explain how you organized your binder? What is the logic of the structure and how did you create it?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am planning to write an entire post on how I organize Scrivener and why. However, you can see how I organized it in the first screenshot above. Thanks.

      • Katie

        I’ll look forward to the post – the screenshot is what prompted my questions. Thanks!

      • http://www.bendempsey.net/ Ben Dempsey

        That would be great Michael.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Any chance you to move that “planning to write the post” action item to “writing it next week?” ;)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Ha! I just might. I gotta SCORRE it first. ;-)

      • mickeygeorge

        hehe I was going to ask for the same thing! I’ll be looking out for the post too.

      • http://lachlancathy.com/ Lachlan Payne

        I’ve downloaded the trial version and would love to learn more about your Binder philosophy before I get carried away and commit to multiple projects/files. Seems like you had it all in one project/file.

      • http://www.juliegumm.com/ Julie Gumm

        Would love this too. I’ve been using Scrivener for a couple of years and have each book under a different project. Last month I started using it more like a binder to keep articles I start on etc so this will be super helpful.

      • http://www.dagaz-coaching.nl/ Jos v.d. Voort v.d. Kleij

        I am just about to switch from Ulysses III to Scrivener (I own both). Basically because I am writing a book and Ulysses cannot be easily used to convert markdown into an ebook.

        I like Ulysses for the nice organisation into groups and sheets, It looks like you have converted all your writing into one project in Scrivener.

        Any chance you can find the time to write this post about your Scrivener implementation of your cabinet?

        Thanks for your kind consideration.

  • Marcie F Atkins

    I love Scrivener and use it for all of my novels, NF projects, and organizing my blog posts. I love that you can color code and label everything in a customized way. For each project I can change the labels and the colors.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You can also change the icons too, which is kind of cool.

      • Luísa Mano

        Not in the windows version :(

      • http://enwil.com/ Manish Suwal ‘Enwil’

        How did you change the icons for blog post, books, articles and such?

        I can only change labels, which means it only changes the color.

        I’m still not able to figure out how to change the icons. Is it because I’m using the windows version?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yep. It’s a Mac-only feature at the moment.

  • http://twitter.com/LizUK Liz de Jager

    I’ve been using Scrivener for some time now – in fact the reason I bought my iMac is so I can use Scrivener. I find everyone’s process fascinating and would also love to know how you organise things! I look forward to seeing the blogpost once it’s ready.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Love it. Bought a $1.5K computer so you can use a $45 software. :) Sounds like something I would do!

  • http://www.strategicplanningforgrowth.co.uk/ Jane Bromley

    Hi Michael. Thanks for this. Really useful as always. The part of writing I find tough is keeping track of all the things I have written about so I can see the gaps and then mapping them against topics that inspire me or are really relevant. Otherwise it is easy to feel that I am writing about similar things- which I have no interest in doing. Do you have any tips on that area please?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The cool thing is that within Scrivener everything is searchable. So, for example, if I keep all my blog posts in there, I can search for phrases within posts. The search engine function is quite powerful.

      • http://www.strategicplanningforgrowth.co.uk/ Jane Bromley

        Thanks. Interesting that that seems to be all you need while I somehow struggle without some way to organise it into an overall picture. I found Mindnode helps a bit.

        • http://tonychung.ca/ Tony Chung

          And when you do web research, you can drag the icon into the research folder to store a copy of the rendered web page. Very cool.

  • http://www.peterdehaan.com/ Peter DeHaan

    I use Word for all my writing and am quite happy with it. So far I don’t see any reason to try something else, though I will keep an open mind about Scrivener. Thanks for your post about it.

    • http://iamunbound.org/ Aaron Youngren

      Peter, do you do long form writing? You’d be amazed at the difference the binder makes for mental clarity.

    • http://www.enmast.com/ Brad Farris

      I find that when I’m writing in Word I’m too tempted to fiddle with formatting and getting everything just right. I don’t want to worry about all the bells and whistles of Word. Apps like Byword and Scrivener have saved my bacon for that.

      Also, the way Scrivener organizes research is the bomb.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Totally agree.

  • David Thompson

    I’ll be branded a Luddite for what I’m about to write. I use Textmate or BBEdit for anything text-related. Plain text is archival. We will always have the ability to read ASCII text (regardless of line-ending differences).

    If I’m producing text to be printed, I use LaTeX markup (generally written using Textmate), then process the source to PDF using open-source tools. I also use Textmate and BBEdit for developing source code for the web or when programming.

    If forced (because of colleague or client requirement) I will use Word, but only under duress. The mixing of content and presentation results in too much fiddling (at least for me).

    Mr. Hyatt is right and I learned this over my career as a technical writer — the fewer tools you have to use the better. It’s fun to play with the tools, but that doesn’t get the work done. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I don’t think that’s Luddite at all. I’ve written quite a bit in Text Wrangler (BBEdit’s little brother).

      • David Thompson

        Thanks. You get it. But you’d be surprised (or perhaps not) by the pushback I draw for this position. My colleagues are shocked that I dis Word.

        In fact, I used Word quite a lot until the early 90s when Winder$ became a serious GUI. Word was a much simpler tool and creating a stylesheet that matched my task was relatively straightforward. It was about that time I discovered LaTeX and began using it for production of technical documents.

        Anyway, enough of that. I can go on. ;)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I’m not a big fan of Word either. I prefer straight text files. So much more portable.

  • http://www.bendempsey.net/ Ben Dempsey

    Great review of Scrivener. I am currently using it to write my first book after my friend Andy Traub recommended it to me. I cannot wait to upload it to amazon in late July. Keep up the great work Michael!

  • Robin Lee Hatcher

    Michael, I absolutely love Scrivener. I’ve been using it for about five years, but I didn’t discover its full power until I took the Scrivener course on-line taught by Gwen Hernandez. I also bought Gwen’s *Scrivener for Dummies* book, which I highly recommend.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great. I just bought the book and am checking out her website. Thanks!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’ve been looking for something like that, Robin. Thanks!

      • Robin Lee Hatcher

        Most welcome, Michele. The online course really opened my eyes to so many features I wasn’t utilizing. I learn best by hands-on, so the daily “homework” (didn’t take long at all; minutes each morning) was what did the trick for me. The Dummies book is my backup/refresher when I need something.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          I’m hands-on, too. So glad you left this comment, as I was about to buy the book. Still might, but I think the online course will be the best first step.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I’d love to take her course, but the next one isn’t available until September. I’m surprised she doesn’t sell this as an online course. I’d buy it today!

          • http://gwenhernandez.com/ Gwen Hernandez

            Thanks so much Robin and Julie for the mentions. I’m glad you liked the class enough to share!

            Michael, unfortunately, I just finished a full class in March and a shorter version this week. Summer is just too crazy for another one. I haven’t archived anything online mainly because my book and online tips fill that void. The main benefit of the class is the forced structure/accountability, and the ability to ask me unlimited questions.

            I am pondering some other options, so we’ll see. BTW, great overview of Scrivener! And I’m also a huge Evernote fan. :-) Thanks!

  • http://cheekyginger.com/ Evelyn Stice

    I’m using Scrivener as well, to write my first novel. I’m sure, though, that I’m not using it to the full extent of its capabilities. I’ve followed you on Twitter to make sure I don’t miss your next post on the topic.

  • http://jakoszczedzacpieniadze.pl/ Michal Szafranski

    Hi Michael,

    Great to see that you are using Scrivener. It is A-grade confirmation for me that I was right picking up this tool. I’m a fan of it for over a year. I was using it on my PC and recently I’ve switched to Mac. I had really challenging experience at first to get used to this tool however now I can’t imagine blogging without it.

    I have two important points to add here:

    1) The repository for all Scrivener information can consist of just one physical file what makes backup and synchronization (via Dropbox etc.) really simple. I love it.

    2) Mac version seems to be more user-friendly. I had some problems with outlining formatting in PC-version of Scrivener but on Mac it works just OK.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michal. I like the one-file feature too.

  • Sheryl Root

    I love Scrivener and even use it for my journaling. Thanks for this post Michael. Will look forward to the one on how you organize Scrivener.

    • http://www.chrispoblete.net/ Chris Poblete

      Sheryl, do you know any good resources on using Scrivener for journaling? I don’t have a digital workflow for journaling yet and am interested in exploring my options w Scrivener.

      • Sheryl Root

        Chris, I don’t know of any resources. But I haven’t really looked for any. I have a project called Journal in Scrivener, created a folder for year, and have month folders under that. My journal entries are by day under the month folders. You certainly wouldn’t have to do folders by month. I just prefer to be able to view it that way. I’ll tag my entries if there are certain topics or themes that seem to jump out at me. But I keep it pretty basic. Hope that helps.

  • http://orgspring.com/ OrgSpring

    Michael, i’m wondering about your workflow with this tool, because it looks like it could really simplify mine too.

    Do you normally keep your podcast notes separately in a folder on your mac, or do you let scrivener organize them now? That is to say, can scrivener keep track of your native folders like shortcuts, or do all your docs just live in scrivener now?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am planning to write a second post on this, but the short answer is that all my docs live in Scrivener now. Thanks.

      • http://orgspring.com/ OrgSpring

        Thanks. I did the trial and really liked it, then bought it with your code. IT’s a good deal. I was previously using something called circus ponies, which was good, but scrivener was better, for sure. And the tutorials they give were great too. THanks.

  • Debra L. Butterfield

    Scrivener is awesome! My favorite part is that I can drag and drop anyone section to wherever I want it. Moving chapters/sections around is pain free.

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    2nd time this week I have heard about Literature and Latte. Must be trying to get to me.

    @mhyatt:disqus – on the HTML export, does it export clean HTML with good CSS (unlike Word which adds all kinds of funk to it)? Or is there another step to clean it up?

    Thanks Michael. I’ll be trying this one out.

    • Kevin G.

      I was going to ask the same question. :)
      Word is a nightmare for HTML export.

    • http://www.enmast.com/ Brad Farris

      In my experience the HTML export is clean — it adopts the CSS from the site you are loading it onto.

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        Thank you Brad. I look forward to testing it.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yea, the HTML export is super-clean. I use it almost daily.

      • Lis

        My experience is that the html is just about as bad as word. I generally export to Word for the editor and then taken the word content to clean HTML
        Lis from bookformatter.com

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Really? I don’t know how it could be any clear. Are you formatting in Scrivener? If so, that could be the problem. I don’t do any formatting there. I just use multi markdown and then compile.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, the HTML is SUPER-clean. It doesn’t export any inline CSS, which is exactly the way I want it. I let my style sheet do that.

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        Thank you Michael.

  • http://www.VictoryChristianCoaching.com/ Marianne Clements

    I’m just finishing my first book in MS Word. I started it as I would any other document — just typing the words without setting up headings, etc. Later, I found out how to set up the headings and section breaks to do what I wanted and needed. I have my outline on the left and I can choose as many levels as I want. I’m very satisfied with that part.

    The only part that I would like to change is the section titles in the header area. If you have a single header and footer for the entire document, eveything is easy, but if you want your section title to show up in the header, it’s a bit tricky to get it all working correctly.

    Scrivener sounds interesting and I may try it for my second book.

    Have a Victorious Day!

  • http://www.wisdomlearningltd.com/ Julia Papworth

    Brilliant, just what I have been looking for. Mars Edit (on your recommendation) has been useful, but this is much better. Thanks for the 20% discount offer, all bought and paid for.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Let me know what you think. And don’t get overwhelmed. It’s a lot to learn. The intro videos helped me.

  • http://KCProcter.com/ ThatGuyKC

    Alright, you convinced me. I actually purchased Scrivener a few weeks ago, but haven’t made the transition from iA Writer yet.

    Have you checked out the new Reminders feature in Evernote that creates better to-do list functionality? If so, will it impact your workflow at all or possibly rethink use of Nozbe?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope, I don’t think the Reminders feature will affect me at all. I don’t use reminders in Nozbe. I rarely use due dates.

  • ifeelgod

    I really like scrivener too. I use it on my windows pc. I wish they had a mobile version for when I am on the Ipad. Think about it … writing in the park.

    I store my research and webclips in evernote and use it for the research.

    I am also LOVING Nozbe?

    In Him,
    JMb <

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It sounds like they have an iPad app under development.

      • ifeelgod

        Yeah, saw that and really really excited.

        Thanks for all you do

        In Him,
        JMb <

    • ifeelgod

      Also Michael,

      I saw your layout and loved it http://bit.ly/170IZMd

      Any chance you can export this as a template for us dummies?

      In Him,
      JMb <

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        I’m not familiar with that export format, but I will definitely look into it.

        • ifeelgod

          I think it is File/Save As Template but who knows

          How did you get the descriptive icons on your project list? Mine just show up as file folders or blank pages.

          In Him,
          JMb <

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            To change the icon, right-click and select “Change Icon.”

          • ifeelgod

            Hi Michael,

            Thanks ….

            However, after 1/2 hour of trying I must assume that is a Mac Only feature ….

            Bless ya

            In Him,
            JMb <
            Bishop James I Feel God Brown

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Oh, bummer. I didn’t think about that.

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  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I looked at Scrivener after Donald Miller posted about it a couple of months ago. It looks interesting, but I’m not sure it’s for me. I write mostly fiction and I prefer to write in a linear fashion. I’m also not a full-time writer… yet. A simple blank page (I use Pages) and a keyboard works for me for now.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Scrivener was created first for novelists. You might check out the trial version. It has all the same features as the paid version.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        Thanks, Michael. I might just do that.

  • http://iamunbound.org/ Aaron Youngren

    One of my favorite features in Scrivener is the ability to completely separate your word processing format from your export format. I like my writing format to look somewhat like the finished product, but publishing software wants it to be as plain-jane as possible. Great job of highlighting that above, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I totally agree. I am so much more productive when I don’t tinker with the formatting!

  • http://iamunbound.org/ Aaron Youngren

    Another great thing about Scrivener is that it was created by a small, driven, focused team. I love that 3-4 people were able to create such a useful, focused and reliable piece of software.

  • jgaustin

    Hi Michael – thank you for your always helpful tips. I was wondering if there was a Scrivener app for the iPad – I do most of my writing on my ipad away from the littles at home.
    Thanks again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid there is not. I don’t write on the iPad, so I haven’t even asked. Sorry.

    • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

      Here’s an update from iMore, one of my favorite sites related to Apple news and rumors. Sounds like it could be available in the fall. http://www.imore.com/scrivener-writing-app-ipad-gets-back-track

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        This is cool!

      • jgaustin

        Thanks for the link! I’ll be looking for it in the fall (fingers crossed)!

  • http://www.charlessanger.net/ CharlesSanger

    I have been using Mellel for my academic writing; Circus Pony Notebook for outlining; Byword for my posts; and and Word for anything going out to the public.

    I will be taking a look at Scrivener. Thanks!

  • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

    Very helpful, Michael. I’m going to make the switch.

  • Connie Almony

    Wow! Thanks for this. I use Scrivener for my novels, but have yet to use ALL of its functions. You’ve just shown me a few new ones. I need to sit down and play with this tool some more!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’ve been using Scrivener for book-writing for years and love it. It never occurred to me to use it for blog posts and articles. Can’t wait to transfer all my writing projects into one central hub!

  • Scoti Springfield Domeij

    http://www.wordcounter.com: 1.Lists the most frequently repeated words in my manuscript, so I discover and stop using my pet, overused words; 2; Identifies repeated words so I can replace them with stronger words; 3. Identifies passive verbs, so I can replace them with active, picture verbs; 4. Repeated words help me identify key words.

  • http://twitter.com/quirkycity Heather C Button

    I’ve been thinking about trying this since the last year, because I think it would work great for me. Unfortunately I have an older Mac, so it would have to be an older version of Scrivener, which I haven’t found. So I have to purchase a new computer before I can purchase the software. Since I don’t really *need* it, I will just get by with word, which I am used to. Also, I’m waiting for it to have a tie-in to my Android phone. (New iphones also don’t work well with my older mac.)

  • Lexi Rodrigo

    Definitely looking into this. Thanks for the very detailed review. Does Scrivener allow you to write in plain text (no HTML, coding, etc)?

    I prefer to draft blog posts and emails in plain text then do the formatting in WordPress or my email service provider.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, absolutely. I write everything in plain text and them “compile” it into HTML with two keystrokes.

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    I have to admit that this makes a lot of sense in a “Why didn’t I think of that sooner” kind of way. I’ve experienced this myself lately. I’m co-authoring an accounting certification review course as a side opportunity, and I’ve had to write that project in Word. I’ve also been writing in Byword. I downloaded Scrivener last fall but just never used it. This post is the kick I need to really take a better look at it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great, Dallon. Let us know how you like it.

  • http://www.leavingconformitycoaching.com/ Randy Crane

    I love Scrivener. I’ve been using it for a bout a yer now for my book writing and it works great for all the reasons you mentioned. I’m still writing blog posts in Windows Live Writer, but may experiment with Scrivener for that, too.

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    I love Scrivener. While the learning curve is somewhat long, the instructional videos they provide will get you up to speed quickly. The secret to making it work properly is in the setup. Once you figure out the hierarchy and set your folders up the way you want, it’s like magic. I really like it for Kindle books. I can instantly see how my eBook is going to look by exporting a true Kindle .mobi file. I just double click the file and my kindle app opens it (this does require installing the kindlegen app). This has saved me days of time.

    I can’t wait for your Scrivener setup post. I’ve spent days tweaking with my setup, and now it works great. Like you, I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of what this tool can do.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      The tutorials are very helpful. Need to watch a few more!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sure I could learn some things from you, John. Thanks.

    • Jim Martin

      John, your comment is helpful. I now realize that I need to spend more time setting up the folders the way I want. Not having done this has caused me some confusion at times. Thanks.

  • Ben Kester

    Do you use Scrivener for text-only writing, or are you still using Sublime?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not familiar with sublime. I write everything now in text only (actually multi-markdown) and then convert it to whatever format I need.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    I’ve been using Scrivener for almost three years. The distraction-free composition mode alone makes it more than worth it. Amazing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s my favorite thing too. Byword and iAWriter are good too, but I still prefer Scrivener.

  • Daniel Jalkut

    Hi Michael – thanks for the long-time support of MarsEdit. Scrivener is an excellent product and I’m glad it’s working well for you. MarsEdit will be here for you if the needs arise again ;)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Daniel. I still use MarsEdit occasionally—anything to avoid the WP editor interface!

  • http://www.jaysonfeltner.com/ Jayson Feltner

    I love Scrivener. It keeps everything organized so all you need is your computer. Great for writing a book while you wait for a mechanical failure to be fixed at the airport!

  • http://warrenwhitlock.com/social-media-expert Warren Whitlock

    Thanks for the review. I’m going to try this for a longer project.

    Doesn’t quite solve my number 1 issue though. Comments and emails and posts and tweets have to show up in different places. I find myself playing with logins and formatting far more than the short bit I write

    This comment was a perfect example. Not quite a high enough priority to move from my iPad, so I treed to log in with Google. That hung up, and I moved to email, where I found an article to read that I wanted comment on.

    That log in worked. So here it is an hour later and I’m logged in through Twitter and commenting.

    A lot of writing, but more time getting to it. Maybe I need to use just o e place and program. :)

  • Bob Gagliano

    Michael, I have been looking for a go-to writing tool. Thank you for doing the spade work!

  • Quest

    have subscribed to your blog few weeks and I am enjoying your articles.

    will be assuming the role of a Business Analyst in a couple of weeks.
    This job will require a lot of writing. I am wondering if you are able
    to suggest any tool that I could use to make writing simpler.

  • http://plmdojo.com/ Scott Pigman

    Can you shed some light on the workflow for publishing from Scrivener to your WordPress blog? Can scrivener upload directly to the blog, like MarsEdit, or do you export as HTML and then paste that into WordPress, or do you do something else?

  • http://todaymatters.tv/ David Crawford

    I found this a few months ago and began to use it for my doctoral dissertation and it has been an amazing resource.

    • Jim Martin

      David, glad to hear that this tool has been helpful to you with your dissertation. I was introduced to Scrivener by a friend of mine who wrote two e-books using it.

  • http://twitter.com/elephantspaychk David Bressler, MBA

    Hi Michael,

    Great post. I’ve been using scrivener to write long copy, may take your advice for writing everything. Sounds like a great idea.

    One thing to keep in mind. The way Scrivener stores files can be tricky if you’re storing your scrivener project on Dropbox.

    I’m paranoid, and like to keep many backups, so I was using dropbox, figuring the whole thing is local and on dropbox (and then backed up off site as well). Turns out, it’s not that straightforward.

    Here are two articles that explain in more detail. They include work-arounds.



    I have no affiliation with scrivener, or these articles. They’re not affiliate links of any sort. I just want to be helpful in return for all the great advice you share.



  • nurturedmama

    Thanks for this overview. I’ve been using a combination of Word and WP editor and MacJournal for my essays and blog posts and I’m going crazy. I’ve heard about Scrivner over and over and am ready to try it. Just one question – can I sync files between two machines via Dropbox? I can’t find that detail on the App page or earlier in these comments. I believe you use Dropbox so I thought you might know. Thanks for all of your tool reviews!

    • http://twitter.com/elephantspaychk David Bressler, MBA


      You can use dropbox, but you have to be careful. Read these articles:




      • nurturedmama

        Thank you! That’s helpful info. I have the same problems using MacJournal, so I’m (mostly) in the habit of saving and closing when I finish a session.

        • http://twitter.com/elephantspaychk David Bressler, MBA

          You’re welcome.

    • http://twitter.com/elephantspaychk David Bressler, MBA

      OK, I’m not sure what’s going on, but the URL’s in my last reply didn’t work. Have a look at the comment I wrote just prior to yours… the URLs there link to articles on using Scrivener with DropBox.


  • http://bryanallain.com Bryan Allain

    Been using Scrivener for 2 months and can’t imagine going back to using something like Word or Pages. For me it was one of those tools that I didn’t realize how much I needed it until I started using it. Never going back.

  • Jenny B

    For the last week, I have been going through the Scrivener free trial & tutorial, and I love it already. To me, the way it is set up is brilliant. But I am only beginning as a writer, so I was excited to see that you endorse it, as I trust your opinion! :) And I’ve never commented here before, too shy, but I wanted to say thanks for the discount code for something I planned to buy anyway! Thanks Michael.

    • Jim Martin

      Jenny, so glad you commented. I also am new to Scrivener and have really been impressed with it so far. It is great to read Michael’s post today and hear about some of Scrivener’s features that were unknown to me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Jenny. Thanks for leaving a comment! I hope you love Scrivener.

  • http://hereiblog.com/ Mark Lamprecht

    I recently bought Scrivener for Windows when it was on sale for $20 on Amazon. I hope to start using it soon.

    Thanks for the review.

  • http://about.me/Otir Otir

    Thank you very much for this blogpost Michael! It is timely because I, like you mentioned you do, I tend to be pretty scattered and have been using different tools for all my different writing activities.

    I am a full-time writer and blogger, and the distraction of trying new applications and tools is indeed a great way to overcome the writer’s anxieties and blocks… but not very productive!

    I have been using Scrivener for some of my published work in progress, but I may look into shifting entirely to it for the sake of my sanity! When I started blogging, I was using MacJournal exclusively but that was back in the ages before social media came into the picture.

    It is certainly time for me now to consolidate and go back to the basics: everything in one place and eliminate the shiny distractions.

  • http://hereiblog.com/ Mark Lamprecht

    One more thing, Michael. Can my blog posts be fully formatted in Scrivener? My guess is that I will have to copy and paste the post into my self-hosted wordpress blog, right?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, that is correct. I don’t do any formatting in Scrivener, other than to designate the various page elements via markdown. My theme stylesheet handles all the formatting.

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  • Mary Sutton

    The combination of Scrivener and Evernote is so powerful. I typically jot notes (especially when I am away from my computer) in Evernote – along with pictures or anything else related to the story. Then I will transfer the information into Scrivener as needed.

    I may start using it for my monthly work with my taekwondo studio. Because I don’t deal with the formatting/uploading of those articles, I’ve continued to use Word. But I will never use Word for my fiction writing again.

    (BTW, I also have seen Scapple, but like you, my mind just doesn’t work that way.)

    • Kristi Bothur

      Mary, how do you transfer your information from Evernote to Scrivener? Can you send it via e-mail?

      • Mary Sutton

        I think you can. However, I use it for plotting notes, or ideas that occur to me when I’m away from my computer (I have Evernote on my iPhone). So quite often, it’s as low-tech as copy and paste, or simple reference. For example, a scene idea for a story may come to me and I’ll got the details in Evernote. Then when I get home, I can open the Mac version of Evernote and refer to the note when I write the scene. Or I’ll get a character inspiration, jot it in Evernote, then use that note to fill out a character sheet in Scrivener.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    How does this tool correlate to evernote? Is it not a viable option anymore?

    • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

      Lincoln, I still think Evernote is the tool of choice for research. You can then keep Scrivener “clean” for the actual writing. I’ll play with my workflow on this one, but I see myself using Evernote to clip web pages, text snippets, etc. for my research and then bringing the important stuff into Scrivener.

      Think of Evernote as your research file and Scrivener as your writing kit.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Exactly what I do.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Evernote is a totally different tool. Scrivener is a writing suite. Evernote is a digital cabinet. There is some overlap, but I use them both.

  • http://twitter.com/robertkennedy3 Robert Kennedy III

    I guess I am still new to the writing game. I just have not gotten used to the distraction free mode yet. It is so….so…so bare :-). I’ll give it a whirl but I may need some tuts on how to actually increase my productivity especially for blog posts using this tool.

  • http://about.me/revchadbrooks chadbrooks

    I wrote my Master’s Thesis using scrivener. It was a great tool for combining TONS of information together. I went to it originally just for organization and planned to move over to apple pages when I was at the compilation and editing phase but it worked for the whole project.

    I have been using evernote for writing smaller projects since then, but I will give Scrivener another go. It’s organization features might work well for the variety of writing I have to do.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    OK, I’m getting it.

    • http://www.gwensmith.net/ Gwen Smith

      Well… If you’re getting it, Jeff, then I’m going to need to get it too because I love the content and flow of what God is doing through both you and through Michael. ;) #creativebandwagon

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I think you will love it, but you should also read Markdown by David Sparks and Eddie Smith if you don’t know multi markdown. That has made a huge difference for me as well.

  • jeffcalloway

    Thanks Michael.
    Can you import work you are doing in Word into Scrivrner? My editor is editing my book Uncluttered in Word and was wondering about if the tracking changes etc.. she is doing in Word would come over to Scrivener?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure, Jeff. I haven’t tried that. I will check with the developer. Thanks.

    • David Johnson

      Hello Jeff. Track changes would be a massive undertaking for our developers (the MS Word team is a tad bigger!) to implement. Scrivener does have a few features like revision mode and snapshots that offer similar functionality though. The following blog post from a user introduces those features well, and details working with an editor http://www.jamierubin.net/2012/10/26/scrivener-and-the-editorial-process/. Scrivener and Word communicate well though, keeping comments and footnotes completely intact. If you require any further guidance, don’t hesitate in contacting us directly.
      All the best, David.
      Scrivener, Literature & Latte

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for referencing that article, David. It was very helpful. I write my last book in Scrivener, but, after I converted it to Word, I never went back to Scrivener. I worked in Word from that point forward—which was a pain. Thanks again.

      • jeffcalloway

        Thanks David for the link! I have bought Scrivener and also have become an affiliate!

        • David Johnson

          Thank you for supporting Scrivener Jeff! :-)

  • Ava Shank

    I can’t believe this – I was planning to buy Scrivener today before I read your post. Thanks for the great info. I look forward to reading about your set up.

  • chirs

    Michael, wondering if you would recommend this for preparing sermons?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I am using it to prepare my speeches.

  • angelawaltersquilting

    This couldn’t have come at a better time!! I am getting ready to start my third book, and was just setting up all the folders for the chapters…..old school, I know!!! I found you by listening to your audiobook, Platform. It was so good, that I spent just as much time writing notes as I did listening!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Thank you!

  • http://tonychung.ca/ Tony Chung

    I used Scrivener for a couple of writing assignments earlier this year. I earned 95% on each. Yay Scrivener. ;-)

    It works great for research, organizing thoughts, writing, and publishing. Though with my deadlines I found it easier to export an RTF and format it in Word at the end. I guess while I recognize the strength of Literature and Latte’s product, I’m a little gun-shy about switching to yet another app. I’ve gone through so many in the past 30 years.

    Does anyone know of a way to import OneNote notebooks, with images, video, audio, and attachments intact, into EverNote?

  • Ava Shank

    Is it better to purchase this directly from L&L or from Apple?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I honestly don’t know. I assume they are the same.

  • toddvasquez

    For large manuscripts, I prefer Nisus Writer Pro. Nothing beats its powerful find/replace functionality for proofreading. Best word processor on the Mac, in my opinion–and the most user-friendly. It also offers distraction-free writing. It also can export as eBook (ePub). I’ve started using it for all of my writing now. Give it a good go sometime; the user manual is incredibly clear and thorough.

    • Ava Shank

      Have you used Scrivener, Todd?

      • toddvasquez

        I found Scrivener very helpful for organizing my thoughts and quotes and notes for a big writing project; but Nisus Writer Pro handles formatting, styles, cross-references, table of contents, incredibly well. Its search/replace tools are unparalleled and super useful for going final copy on a book or manuscript. I can see where Scrivener would be useful for organizing blog posts, screenwriting, and the early stages of large writing projects. I also see the value of quick search if all of one’s writing is stored there. But for formatted work and large manuscripts that require robust word-processing functionality, Nisus Writer Pro is excellent.

  • Clara Rose

    This looks great Michael… how soon do you think you will write the “How to” post? I think I will wait for that to get me started. Thanks as always for great info!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m not sure, Clara. Maybe next week. But there are a tremendous number of tutorials on the Scrivener site. Thanks.

  • http://www.efficientlifeskills.com/ Joseph Michael


    I am a huge fan of Scrivener as well. I’m so glad to see that someone else is using it for more than just writing. I thought I was just using it wrong haha.

    I am in the middle of putting together a course about how to use visual content in blogs and I would be so lost without Scrivener.

    I setup a separate folder for each module and then start adding text pages for each topic. I make another folder to collect all relevant images, sources, and general thoughts. For someone who has a million ideas a day it has helped me tremendously to stay organized.

    I love how you customized the icons! I did not know you could do that.

    Thanks for this great post!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joseph. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    I’ve heard so much about this tool, it’s seriously tempting…..

  • http://ibmarketer.com/ R.G. Riles

    Wow, this sounds like a must have, Michael! Thank you for sharing. My question, and apologies if someone has already asked, is what do you think about Google Docs for creating your basic content? It’s Word’ish, but the collaboration abilities – not to mention that you can access the content from any connected device – are extremely convenient. I’m currently writing a fiction novel, in addition to putting eBooks together, and writing regular blog content. I’m doing all of that in Google Docs for now, though I’m definitely going to give Scrivener a look.

    • http://www.beckycastlemiller.com/ Becky Castle Miller

      I’m curious about the Google Docs integration as well. I use Drive for coordinating an online magazine I edit because of the great collaboration functionalities. I just received Scrivener as a gift today, and I can’t wait to use it…I’m just wondering if I can still use it in conjunction with Google Drive.

  • http://twitter.com/k_unsworth Kath Unsworth

    Love it! Have it! Still trying to find my way around in it BUT excited about exporting as ebooks etc Thanks for sharing

  • Edward Hinkle

    @mhyatt:disqus, it looks like you are using all of your writing in a single project. Is that true?

    I started using Scrivener to structure a novel I was writing during NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago and it worked wonders, I’ve never thought about putting all of my writing into a single project as you seem to have done though.

    Are there any specific benefits you saw to having it in a single project? Rather then a project for each thing? (Blog, Each Book, etc)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, except for books. I have a folder with books, but those just have a link to the Scrivener project. I keep some rough notes on the books in this main file, but when I am ready to start writing, I go to the dedicated file. Part of it is I am just nervous about having everything in one file.

  • http://asmithblog.com/ asmithblog

    I am still using Evernote for writing just because everything is in one spot, but will try it out in the trial version. You are right about evernote’s capabilities though. Maybe they should make an add-on for Evernote…

    Thanks for showing us this tool, Michael.

  • Kristi Bothur

    Okay, Scrivener looks incredible, and I have downloaded the free trial version. Is it available as an Android app yet? I have an ASUS tablet that I to use to keep up with my writing projects when I am out and about, and have been using Evernote to do that (which I got hooked on thanks to your good info about it). Could I use Scrivener to do the same thing and write and revise, sharing documents between devices on the go?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid not. They don’t have a mobile app yet, though they have one in development for iPad.

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

    Michael, I love Scrivener and use it for writing books… but I still don’t use it for daily (blog) writing.

    How do you deal with the lack of a true sync across devices?

    For me, Drafts and Byword, bridge across all my devices and allow my writing to be in sync no matter where I am.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s not an issue for me. I only write on my MacBook Air. The good news for people who write on their iPad is that they are developing a version for that device.

  • http://eutorics.com/ Graeme Caldwell

    Scrivner is great, but I generally find it to be too fussy (and a bit ugly). I use Ulysses 3, which has just about everything I need without a lot of excessive frill that I don’t.

  • http://boldaslove.us/ Rob Fields

    Thanks for this post, Michael! It was right on time, as I was test-driving Scrivener in advance of starting work on a book project. Glad to see that it also supports Markdown. Looking forward to learning all of the program’s ins and outs.

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

    Scrivener is a great tool for the desktop and laptop environment. But I no longer carry my laptop when traveling; I use the iPad. My favorite tool for that platform is UXWrite, a fabulous word processor that works in HTML and DOCX formats. It is capable of handling large, complex documents. With the navigation tool (that organizes the document by Header styles) you have a *sort of* outlining feature. A bit spendy at $25 but it’s the best I’ve seen for my needs on the iPad.

  • http://marvitafranklin.com/ Marvita Franklin

    I wholeheartedly agree! I love Scrivener and figured out (after a short time) that it is a great tool to house all of my writing projects. I recently completed a book project with it. I also use it for developing blog posts, formatting ideas for lesson plans, and building manuscripts for speaking gigs. I’ve even used it to outline and develop my business plan. I love it, love it, love it! I also appreciated the 45-day free trial. I use it on my MAC and can’t really say enough great things about it. I’ve recommended it to friends who are writing books and dissertations. I can’t imagine going back to Word documents to begin new projects. It really is a great product. I’ll be tweeting this article to those who follow me on Twitter! :^)

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  • jennifer eckert

    I have not used Scrivener yet, but I know several who have. I participate in NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) every November and many of the participants use it because of the word count & anti-distraction features. It’s a great tool for writing 50,000 in 30 days and when I have the money, I will probably invest in it myself for many of the reasons you stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736545227 Karla Reisch Akins

    Right now I use Word OneNote and YWriter. I have Scrivner but there’s a learning curve to it and I’ve not had the time to learn how to navigate it.

  • Jeff Emery

    I am using Scrivener for Windows. Michael mentions being able to use an asterisk to start bullet point lists. This works for me in Word, but I cannot figure out how to do it in Scrivener. I spent two hours last night doing Google searches and came up empty. I only use Scrivener for sermon preparation, so outlining is a major part of what I do. Does anyone have any idea how to start bullet lists with the asterisk key?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is all a feature of MultiMarkdown formatting.

      Think of it this way: you can format a document as plain text or as rich text. With rich text, you have to set all the attributes of a bulleted item, including the bullet character you are going to use, whether or not you will indent the bullet, how much you will indent the text, whether the font size will be the same as the other text, etc.
      With plain text, you forget all of that. You simply indicate a bulleted item with an asterisk. Nothing changes. You just have a sentence or a paragraph with an asterisk in front of it. That’s it. You keep writing.
      When you are finished, you use Scrivener’s compile function to convert MultiMarkdown to HTML, rich text, or plain text.
      Hope that helps.

      • Jeff Emery

        Thanks. That’s exactly what I needed. I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

  • Eileen Young

    Streamlining writing functionality is attractive, but I’ve been using Google Drive for a few years (since it was Docs), and the idea of shifting away from something that doesn’t automatically back up to the cloud sends me into a bit of a cold sweat, since I’ve experienced catastrophic hardware failure a couple of times. Presumably it can be set up to save automatically to Drive or Dropbox, but it’d add steps to the recovery process and make working between multiple devices more complicated. This does make it seem interesting enough to try, though, so thank you for the review.

  • Janie Seltzer

    Thanks Mike, for pointing towards Scrivener! I’ve just purchased using your code. It’s just what I’ve needed . . . Appreciate your tips so much, Janie

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thans, Janie. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Eavan Moore

    I wish I could use Scrivener! Unfortunately, it’s mostly incompatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

    Thanks for the heads up on the Windows version. I’ve heard tons of great things about Scrivener, but since I don’t have a Mac, I’ve never had a chance to see it. I’m installing it now.

  • http://blog.faulknerfiction.com/ Lewis Faulkner

    Ditto on the great article. But. I have scoured the Internet and can’t find anything on how to actually *use* Scrivener to create the blog post, then upload it into my WordPress blog, in a step-by-step way. Two or three people (only) made an allusion to it, but don’t explain. Might make a good blog post on here, since you use it in that way. I have the Windows version (which is missing some of the great features of the Mac version, sadly; I’ve got the Scrivener for Dummies book, too), but if I could figure out how to add links and pictures and upload a simple post to my blog using it, I would switch over to Scrivener for all my writing, as well. The organizing of all your stuff is idea and would be great for keeping track of all my blog posts. Live writer is horrible for this.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Here’s my basic workflow:

      1. Write the blog post in Scrivener. Use MultiMarkdown.

      2. Compile the blog post in Scrivener. Use the Markdown to Webpage (HTML) option.

      3. Open the HTML file in any text editor. Copy the HTML code to the clipboard.

      4. Paste the HTML directly into your WordPress editor. Use the Text editor, not the Visual editor.

      That’s the simple way to do it. I eliminate one of these steps by installing Brett Terpstra’s Markdown Service Tools. Once installed, my workflow looks like this:

      1. Write the blog post in Scrivener. Use MultiMarkdown.

      2. Copy and paste the text to your WordPress Text editor. Select all the text (which will still be MultiMarkdown).

      3. RIght-click (using a Mac) and select “md – Convert – MultiMarkdown to HTML.”

      That’s it. If that’s confusing, I have created a short screencast to show you how quick it really is.

      • http://blog.faulknerfiction.com/ Lewis Faulkner

        Mr. Hyatt–
        Wow! That reply is a perfect example (to me, anyway) of a Wow-experience. Thank you so much for detailing this for me. Your reply was exactly what I needed and didn’t know how to do. Thank you so much. And keep up the good work!

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  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    I really enjoyed this post! Its funny because right now I’m testing out 2 or 3 word processors and copying pasting into the WordPress back end. Those are MS Word, which I know you despise, and I hope I don’t get banned for swearing errm mentioning it. The other one is Evernote where I capture the idea and outline it. I also use Google Docs, and sometimes I’ll use Notepad. My system is still kinda cobbled together and I’m looking at ways to make things dovetail better for me so I can make it more seamless.

    I’m honestly leaning toward outlining in Evernote and dumping the outline into Google Docs for word processing and then moving it into the WordPress back end for final formatting and publication. The only thing I don’t like about Evernote is that the outlining doesn’t use Roman Numerals for main ideas and I’m really OCD about that.

    This post however has me convinced of the benefits of Scrivener and once I can come up with the extra scratch to do I’ll probably get it and use it for word processing. The obstacle I see with that is that I use Google Drive to store all my stuff and I’m not sure how that’s gonna play out.

    I’m totally open to input though if anyone has a better ideas to how to stream line things. Thanks again Michael for all that you do!

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  • http://21stcenturymonk.net/ Craig Coggle

    Love the suggestions… I’ve had a lot of success with a combination of scrivener for structure and omm writer for open ended flow writing.
    The full screen option in WordPress offers a distraction free text editor as well.

  • http://tonychung.ca/ Tony Chung

    Hey Michael, I found a post by Jefferson Smith who provides a neat workflow based around Scrivener and network (cloud) hosting. Including the updates in his comments feed, his process includes:

    – Scrivener for writing
    – Main Scrivener files in DropBox for everywhere/anytime access
    – Backups created by Scrivener and saved in Google Drive to avoid corruption from Dropbox revision control
    – RTF export and save to Google Drive for collaborative editing/feedback
    – Manual merge back into the main Scrivener file.


    This sounds like it would take care of a number of situations I envision in my creative writing projects. Take care!

    PS: Incidentally, posting audio versions of your own blog posts is pure genius.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is awesome, Tony. Thanks for sharing. His instructions on backups are genius. I have modified my own practice after reading it. Thanks.
      I’m glad you like the audio version. It’s still an experiment at this point. Thanks.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Great share, Tony! I’ll also be changing my practice after reading that article!

    • Jim Martin

      Tony, this post and the article you linked are great and helpful. Thanks!

  • Steve Robertson

    Is there any way to access your Scrivener documents on an iOS device for reference or editing when you are not at your computer?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Only if you export and re-import. However, an iPad version is under development.

      • Steve Robertson

        Great news about the iPad version. Thanks for the response and the helpful information.

  • Gregory Blake

    I LOVE Scrivener and have been promoting it to anyone who will listen. I think my favorite features are the outline structure and the ability to attach support documents/synopsis cards to each section of my “work in progress.” Brilliant!

    That said, there are a few things I miss:

    1) Effective collaboration tools. While it is technically possible to share a project via Dropbox, that option currently is described with too many provisos and warnings for my liking. Google Docs seems to be the best option for true collaboration at this point, which is sad. Scrivener, as a writing tool, beats Google Docs hands down!

    2) My “other brain” – ie. Evernote integration. So much of what I am doing involves research papers in PDF form as well as web clippings. Evernote is way better at collecting and keeping track of these things. While it is possible to move the items I find into Scrivener, I wish I didn’t have to duplicate them.

    3) Multi-device support. Again, I think Evernote has spoiled me here. I find not having my project available on all my devices sometimes limits my creativity. Scrivener (I use the Windows version) is installed on my laptop in my den. So, when I get a spur of the moment idea while walking, etc., I can’t put that thought directly into my project. I know. I know. First world problem. But with a (lack of ) memory like mine, this feature is important.

    Even with these major limitations, Scrivener is still worth it for me. It is _that_ good. My hope that one day some of these issues will be addressed. For now, procedural work-arounds will have to do.

    I’d be curious to hear what procedures other Scrivener users use to get around these issues.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      These are all valid criticisms, Gregory. I would especially love to see a solution to the collaboration issue. Thanks.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Hi Gregory,
      Great summary! I, too, love Scrivener, but think it would be nice to have some of Evernote’s functions.

      However, regarding your issue #1, I’ve had great success with Dropbox. I’m currently co-writing a book with my wife. We put the Scrivener file on Dropbox, access and write to it from separate locations and it’s been rock solid. We usually don’t access the file simultaneously, so I’m not sure if increased simultaneous use might increase the risk of damaging the file. Though, I feel comfortable with it because I can always access a previous version of the file through Dropbox, even if it does corrupt!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        This is good to know, John. Thanks for sharing.

      • Gregory Blake

        Thanks John. That is very reassuring. I’d still like to see file-locking, etc. in place, but that sounds doable.

      • Jim Martin

        John, thanks for this tip regarding your use of Scrivener and Dropbox. This is helpful.

  • Eric Pulsifer

    I recently discovered there’s a (free) beta Scrivener release for Linux, so I grabbed it. Now I think I’m in love.

    Seriously. Nobody’s seen me for days because I’ve been playing with Scrivener.

    There’s a steep learning curve and I haven’t really scratched its surface, but it’s fast becoming my go-to. Using LibreOffice for final drafts, but that may change as soon as I get Scrivener’s capabilities figured out. Pretty much stopped using FocusWriter and the vi text editor for my work; Scrivener pretty much blew them all out of the water.

    Michael, thank you for the idea of exporting to .html for blog posts. Tried that out just now, and it works seamlessly.

    • Jim Martin

      Like you, Eric, I learned that Scrivener has a steep learning curve. However, the more I play with it, the more I like it. The tutoring videos have been helpful to me.

  • http://www.fuelingnewbusiness.com/ Michael Gass

    Michael, You reaffirmed my decision to use Scrivener. I also use it for all of my writing projects and love it.

  • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

    Great post, thanks!
    I would love to have Scrivener if they did an ipad version. I am mainly bedbound and can’t sit up for a computer. If they did an ipad version I’d be THERE!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s under development, though they haven’t announced a release date yet. THanks.

      • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

        oo! that’s good to know! Thanks!

  • Ed Wojcicki

    I love InfoRecall for organizing ideas and journaling.

  • http://www.beckycastlemiller.com/ Becky Castle Miller

    My husband just bought this for me for my birthday! He said I would get my present when I arrived at work, and I could’t figure out how he’d gotten into my office last night…turns out he had installed Scrivener on my laptop early this morning so I saw it when I opened my computer at work. I can’t wait to start using it.

  • Jeff Aman

    Michael, I had been “fiddling” with Scrivener with various types of projects: legal (I’m a practicing attorney), writing, and Bible study (great for that!). But it wasn’t until I saw your little screenshot of how you organize all your “projects” into one Scrivener “project” file that it dawned on my that this can be a simple structure for housing all writing work. Thanks for the tips! I love your blog and your podcast!

  • Feekwrites

    I’ve been using Scivener for some time and your idea of having all writing in one file is brilliant. I currents have so many different files and bounce between them. I’m going to categorize them all in one file.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great. I love it!

  • http://imissional.com/ Chad Tucker

    Is there a way to use the discount code on the Apple App Store? Is there an advantage (other than price) to not doing so? I like the updates, etc. Also, is there an ios Scrivener app or reader of some sort? I enjoy being able to open my docs from the iPhone on occasion. Great post, i downloaded the trial version. Look forward to purchasing it.

    • http://imissional.com/ Chad Tucker

      I learned that only the Mac Apple Store version can access and sync via iCloud, if needed. The version from the Scrivener site can not access or sync via iCloud, yet dropbox and other cloud services are available in both versions. Learn more here:


      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for providing that link.

    • David Johnson

      Hello Chad. Apologies for my delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately, the Mac App Store does not provide a mechanism for developers to apply a discount coupon code in their store. If automatic updates are your only concern though, then you’re probably better off purchasing directly. This blog post will hopefully give an indication of why http://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/?p=310. Updates to Scrivener are also provided completely automatically, but you may receive them much swifter as they do not have to go through the App Store review process.

      Have a look at the ‘Sync with mobile apps’ section on this webpage http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?show=new for working with Scrivener whilst you’re mobile. We will be coming with Scrivener for iOS later this year http://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/?p=359. ;-)

      All the best, David
      Scrivener, Literature & Latte

  • http://davidcalves.com/ David Alves

    Mike, thanks for this great tool. I’m now using Scrivner–learning curve is sharp though. Could you create a video of your process? Setup, organization, whatever tips you can give us that would get us up and running most efficiently? Thanks again.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I am working on a post now. I’m not sure when it will be up, but it’s underway. Thanks.

      • http://davidcalves.com/ David Alves

        Great! I’ll keep an eye/ear out for it. Thanks.

  • Elba

    Hi Michael, Great post! I’ve been using Scrivener for about three years now and can’t imagine having to use Word or Pages, again. I’ve written one book on it (research) and am working on the second (fiction). I have outlines for my next two books on it and even use it for home files. The main reason why I bought it is that I sync a project with Dropbox and pick it up on my Ipad using Dropbox and Plain Text. When I open that project on my computer, the changes are already there. But, even better news is that Scrivener is currently working on an app for Ipad. Also, I love the fact that you can talk to them on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter. I have asked many questions and usually, get a response from Dave on the same day. All around, it is worth a million for writers of any genre.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      What a great recommendation! Thanks for your thoughtful input.

  • MichaelPeck

    I don’t evangelize about many things, but two of them are Scrivener and Evernote. I can’t say enough good things about Scrivener in particular. I’m writing a novel with it. Its ability to organize research and inspiration and provide you with different views of your story are unsurpassed. Plus it allows you to easily color-code or otherwise categorize characters and story threads, tracking through and viewing only what you want to see. (Its searches are indeed powerful, and you can save them in the binder and call them up with a click.) I love this thing, and it’s a steal for the price.

  • dar49

    Thank you for this. I have been using a combination of yWriter, WriteItNow and Word. But you have sold me. I downloaded it and will probably buy it within the week.

    Thanks, again



  • Alan Webber

    Michael, I understand that you use Scrivener for writing, Nozbe as you list manager, and Evernote as your digital brain. What are you using as a tool just for dumping miscellaneous items into? Still an ecosystem notebook? Evernote? Something else? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt


  • Matthew Candler

    Michael, in working through Scrivener, when do you find yourself creating “New Projects”? For each blog posts , podcasts, etc.? Or do you have one default project that you keep all of your work in?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I keep books in separate project files. Everything else—blog post, articles, speeches, scripts—goes in one project file.

  • dar49

    Thank you for introducing me to Scrivner and offering the discount. I just picked up my copy. Looking forward to learning a new writing program!

  • http://lesdossey.com/ Les Dossey

    Hey Michael,

    Just wanted to say thanks. I downloaded the trial version about 2 weeks ago and immediately fell in love with Scrivener. I remembered to come back and grab that discount code, so thanks for that as well.

  • Nikole Hahn

    I like this! I’ll have to save for it and buy it in the Fall. I don’t have word and my notes and stuff are scattered in notebooks, computer files, etc.

  • http://www.relevantpastor.com/ relevant pastor

    Do you still use the Marsedit for all the metadata?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I am now just doing it from within WordPress.

      • http://www.relevantpastor.com/ relevant pastor

        Thank you for the reply. Your blog is such a blessing. I am just getting into this world of blogging.

  • http://myoil.org/ Bosede Santos

    Thanks for sharing this Micheal, should be a life saver. Downloaded the trial version and working my way through it to get a feel for it. See you’re coming to She Speaks. Can’t wait to glean more from you. I truly appreciate your indirect mentorship.

  • Matthew Candler

    Michael, are you aware if there is a “preview markdown” view within Scrivener?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not that I am aware of, Matthew. However, you can use a program called Marked to do so. That’s what I use. It’s pretty cool. It’s designed to work specifically with Scrivener.

      • Matthew Candler

        Great news, thank you sir!

  • True Innuendo

    I love scrivener. The only reason I use iAWriter now is I can write on my iPad mini and everything gets updated on the cloud.

  • gotiskaklubben

    Hi Michael, thanks for all this info. One question: can I keep my Scrivenerfiles online? My computers use to crash.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, via Dropbox, SugarSync or some other Cloud-based service. I use Dropbox.

  • Paul Handover

    Just to endorse your Scrivener recommendation. Have used Scrivener for 2 years now and it is indispensable.

  • jolord

    Hello – did you ever write a follow up post on Scrivener? I can’t find it after searching your blog. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope, I’m afraid I haven’t yet. Thanks.

  • http://mattdsimpson.com/ Matt D. Simpson

    Michael – I’ve been loving Scrivener! Just wanted to say thank you again for sharing your toolbox with the rest of the world… It’s a great resource!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Matt. It is one of my favorite tools!

  • http://www.wisdomlearningltd.com/ Julia Papworth

    Hi Michael, I bought this straight away, I trusted your
    recommendation and I am glad i did! I am using it to write a book and it
    allows for every aspect of my brain to work, by organising everything
    in chunks. Thank you.

    So, I thought I would share a
    piece of software back with you. You may already own it, it is called
    Dragon dictation. When your mind works fast, or your best ideas come
    through talking out loud, this piece of software records and then scribes your
    words. Once you have that script, it is so easy to a) use for scripts
    for video and b) transform into wonderful Blogs, place into books or
    whatever it is you write. Brilliant. Happy talking and scribing!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Julia. I am familiar with Dragon, though I don’t own it. The Mac has dictation built in. Is Dragon a significant improvement over that? I have found Dragon to be amazingly accurate. All the best.

      • http://www.wisdomlearningltd.com/ Julia Papworth

        Yes it is very accurate, and it works with iphone, so if you like to talk things through, you can have it with you whenever you need. I used MAC voice record before, but that meant someone translating it for me. Thanks for replying. Have a good day.

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown


    I read this when you first posted it several months ago. I made a mental note to revisit this, and this afternoon I finally had time.

    I’m fairly familiar with Scrivener. I’ve used it for academic writing, sermon prep and eBooks, but I’ve not used it to publish HTML code for blog posts.

    Could you tell me how you have set up the compiler options? I’ve set all instructions for contents, separators & etc., but I’m finding that when I compile for “Web Page (.html)” Scrivener is spitting out a lot of in doc and inline CSS that creates a mess. It’s not as bad as Word, but it does make a hash of things.

    Are you marking up your post with Markdown and compiling for that? Or are you compiling straight HTML code?

    Thanks for your answer.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Bud, I am writing in straight markdown and then compiling that (Markdown -> HTML). It produces totally clean HTML code. Hope that helps.

      • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

        Thanks. I suspected as much but thought you’d found another path. Where in the workflow are images embedded in your post?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Actually, I insert a WordPress Shortcode into the Scrivener text. My Get Noticed! Theme uses this to place the Featured Image into the post.

          • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

            Thank you again. I’ll have to do some investigating; I’m using your Get Noticed theme on one of my blogs…

  • Nicole Montgomery

    I just want to thank you for introducing me to this wonderful, wonderful tool! And for the discount. Thanks again!

  • Steph

    Did Scrivener pay you to say how awesome it is? I’ve found the software frustrating and impossible.

  • VeloNomad

    Problem with Scrivener is styles. They’re paintbrush to each part you apply, not a mass-applied stylesheet that updates all instances the applied style, if you change it. This is a total PITA.

  • Kat Valleley

    Thanks for this. I am new to Scrivener and excited to have project management and word processing in one program. The split screen mode is great for my transcription work too.

    There is one program I prefer for distraction-free writing – ZenWriter (http://www.beenokle.com/zenwriter.html). Full screen, customizable background image (writing a forest scene, putting a forest in the background is surprisingly helpful), customizable music and pretty much nothing else. Just you, your mood and your words.

    For my novel work, I see myself writing scenes in ZenWriter when I’m struggling with distractions and copy/pasting into Scrivener for revision work.

  • Mark DeJesus

    This Scrivener application has changed my life! Thank you so much for the recommendation. This has LITERALLY changed my writing experience! As a writer that loves to creatively move ideas around into different chapters, sections, teachings, blogs, I dont have to have a million files open. This allows me to focus on what is important, the writing!

  • http://www.ricktheule.com/ Rick Theule

    Michael – It has been a few months now since you began using Scrivener. I’d be interested in hearing an update on how you like it and how the learning curve went. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, I still use it ever day. Love it. I am hoping to do an update soon.

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  • Anthony Rothe

    I’ve been looking at Scrivener – I hesitate because I need to work on a reversed screen [dark background; light coloured text] which is possible using Word.

    I understand, reading ‘Writing: a User Manual (David Hewson) that Scrivener also has a a screenplay format. Does anyone know whether it is compatible with Final Draft so that it can be read/edited by its software?

  • Joanne Tombrakos

    Love Scrivener as well! So many applications for it – still discovering them. Also found a great how to book – Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Jennifer Kettell that is a good resource for those hidden features.

  • RobinBryce

    Michael – I’ve been using Scrivener as well, but your idea of a workbench for all writing in intriguing. I have one question though. Do you use one project for all of your writing, including e-books? Compiling for Kindle/e-book uses the project metadata titling the book WorkBench.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I use separate projects set up for longer projects like ebooks and even software documentation. Everything else is in one project.

      • RobinBryce

        Great. I look forward to a post on how you further organize your work with Scrivener and if you use it or Evernote for your journal. Thanks for sharing your systems and secrets.

  • beej30

    Can you share a Scrivener file with another writer using Scrivener so they can make edits?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, but you will probably want to go to the Scrivener website and research this, so you understand the limitations.

  • http://www.karenchristensen.org/ Karen Christensen

    Your argument here is compelling, and I hope you’ll write a post – with screenshots – about how you manage shorter pieces as well as books in Scrivener. Karen Christensen, Berkshire Publishing Group, Great Barrington.

  • SD

    Thank you for the discount CODE!! I’ll be coming back often to read more of your posts.

  • AvB

    I’m going to try this ! Thank you.

  • Paula Belle-Wilkes

    Can I export my completed manuscript to Scrivener and then upload to Kindle?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, you can.

  • http://www.jankellis.com Jan Kellis

    Thanks for the rundown on Scrivener! I think I’m going to purchase it for my Mac and write my next book on it.

    So far I’ve written books on Word and Pages. My go-to paper organization product is a Circa notebook from Levenger. It features a disc binding, so the size and arrangement are dynamic. I generally do my outlines with a pen on paper; for some reason this helps me brainstorm, and this is how I use the Circa notebook. Then if/when I need to rearrange scenes, I simply move the pages to their new locations.

  • Alex Stearn

    Hi Great Post, I have two questions:
    1.) Do you know if you can use bullet points in scrivener and then convert to kindle?
    2.) When you produce sub folders ( Within a chapter) do you know how to reduce the space between the last paragraph and the next title heading.

  • http://thegreenleafblog.blogspot.com/ David Roiel

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://TimePowerSystem.com/ C. Spencer Reynolds

    Do you write on your iPad at all any more? If so what app are you writing it in??? I want to write a lot more and my iPad is always with me and would be the best option for me, although I really want it to sync with my desktop. Wish they had a Scrivener app for the iPad…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope, I don’t.

  • http://www.myhelpsource.com/ Guy… @MyHelpSource

    I truly appreciate the power of a Michael Hyatt endorsement!

    I’ve read this piece about Scrivener a few times and tried to avoid buying the tool, but I got to a place where I could no longer resist your persuasive story.

    I bought and downloaded Scrivener just a few minutes ago (see the image!)!

    You’ve already made me an Evernote junkie/evangelist, so I’m excited to see where my Hyatt-induced Scrivener journey takes me.

    Thank you, Michael!



    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great, Guy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  • http://www.imnicamail.com/ Richelo Killian

    Michael, I would like to see a post on exactly how you structure everything within Scrivener for your writing. Maybe even share your template. ;-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Richelo. I am hoping to get to that soon.

      • http://www.imnicamail.com/ Richelo Killian

        That’s great news Michael. You’re either up very early, or, VERY late. ;-) BTW: Grabbed your GetNoticed Theme and LOVING it! Slowly customizing for my main personal blog right now. I’m in South Africa btw, so, you have a truly global reach. ;-)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Very early, I’m afraid. ;-)

  • Tom Tonkin

    So, I have some time on my hands since I’m on medical leave form my day job. I am a big Michael Hyatt fan, so I take these kind of recommendations seriously and given the extra time I have, I have taken Scrivner on as well. Once again, I completely agree with your assessment. I will have to add that I did also purchase the Scrivner Coach http://learnscrivenerfast.com/ course and that was a great purchase as well. Its funny how we get lulled into doing things as the software dictates (MS Word) as opposed to making the software work for you. Mr. Hyatt, you are right, Scrivner is a writer’s tool. once again, you have added value to me. Have a great long weekend.

  • http://www.diaryofachangeagent.com/ Neil_Hinrichsen

    Scrivener’s biggest drawback is the lack of an iPad app…

  • Constance

    Does Scrivener have an online version so that writers can use multiple devices and have access to it?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid not.

  • Jeff Aman

    Michael, it is 6/17/14 and I am just curious if you are still using Scrivener for all your writing work. I am still riding the fence a little and would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I am. All of it.

  • http://www.sweetness-n-light.com/ Meredith Henning

    Appreciate this post, and thanks for the discount to Scrivener – I can’t wait to get started. I’m doing the Learn Scrivener Fast with Joe as well, very happy about that! Best,

  • mcnairwilson

    Have had and used Scrivener for some years now. Only used it a bit for writing, outlining, moving chapters around—on storyboard/corkboard (great tool)—but will look into other feature you mention and try it again. You always have clear, succinct, specific tips. Just moved Scrivener back into my dock! (My new book needs some of the organising you mentioned in your post.) Wrote my books (Nos. 2-5) on NISUS Writer (the words, art is created my sketchbooks.) Been using Nisus, exclusively, since 1989! (Now Nisus Pro) It’s Mac only and I always found MS Weird to be clunky and flawed. I can save a Nisus document in MSW format and open any Word doc in Nisus. Also, the Nisus team is THEE most responsive support gang of any organisation I have ever worked with. There is a free 30-day (complete program) on their website: http://www.nisus.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have heard good things about Nisus. Thanks.

  • Allie

    Thank you for the testimonial and information. I can’t wait to use it!

  • http://www.ariseventures.net Jamaal Thomas

    I really enjoy the site & podcast Michael! Thinking of giving Scrivener a try. I checked on-line but don’t see any way to sync with evernote. Am I missing something?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, there is no way, but I don’t think you’ll need it. I just keep the ideas in Evernote and then write them out in Scrivener.

      • http://www.ariseventures.net Jamaal Thomas

        I’ll give it a try…thanks!

  • ali raza

    helpful info thank you.


  • CleverPatrick

    I’m launching the beta of Wordslingr (http://www.wordslingr.com/) at the end of the month. It is going to be a completely online word processor, written from the ground up for professional writers. It lets you collaborate online, in real time, manage large projects, and instantly synchronize with all your devices. We’re just getting started now and are still accepting people to sign up for the beta (find the link at the site). I would LOVE to hear any feedback from writers on features you would like to see us add or things your ideal writing environment should have.

  • Brad Rhoads

    How well does having to export for collaboration work? It seems like things would get messy if you have to go back and forth very much.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You can do it, but it can get messy. This is something I really wish Scrivener would work on. Joseph Michael has the best Scrivener tutorials on this, including one on working with an editor using Scrivener.

  • http://www.FindTheLostDollars.com June Jewell

    Does this work well when converting a document over from Word?