Trying Out Scrivener for Windows, Beta Version

image I have a little pocket of time tonight – guess what I’ll be doing? That’s right! I’ll be exploring the new Scrivener for Windows, beta version!

I’ve been hearing such wonderful things about Scrivener from other writers, but up until recently, it’s only been available for Mac users. But they’ve just released a beta version for Windows, and not only that, there’s a special offer for NaNoWriMo participants: if you reach or surpass the 50K words goal, you’ll get a special discount coupon that will entitle you to 50% off the official release of Scrivener for Windows, which is scheduled for early in 2011.

You can also download a special NaNoWriMo Scrivener project file. And I just finished watching the basic tutorial, and I’m very impressed at how user friendly the program is.

I’m not one for resisting shiny new programs to begin with, so of course I couldn’t resist this one. And it comes with a very good incentive for reaching the 50K words goal!

Do you use a writing program? If you do, are you familiar with all or most of the features, or do you just use it to write? Are you planning on taking Scrivener for Windows for a test run?



10 thoughts on “Trying Out Scrivener for Windows, Beta Version

  1. Rob

    I’ve been using Liquid Story Binder for a while now and it’s taken me a while to figure out the best way to use it for my writing. There are so many features that finding the ones to use–and the ones to ignore–is quite a task. Now that I have figured that out, I do like using it.

    That said, I downloaded the beta of Scrivener for Windows and was quite impressed. I own a PC, but I have been working with Macs since 1988 (!), and the very first thing I came to appreciate about SfW was the obvious Macintosh influence to the user interface. Much more intuitive than LSB.

    I like a lot of other things about SfW, too, but the jury’s out on whether it will make me want to switch. I’m looking forward to playing with it some more.

    BTW, a very nice blog; my first time visiting, and I do believe I’ll be back…

    1. Belle

      Thanks for coming by, Rob. I’ve also been using Liquid Story Binder, too, and I find the features quite overwhelming. It’s definitely a very powerful program! I have a friend who uses a lot of the features, and she’s sent me tutorials but even with the tutorials I am a bit lost.

      I definitely find Scrivener more intuitive than LSB. So far it’s been going well; I’ll be checking out the other tutorials on the site to see if maybe I’ll be putting some of the other features to good use.

  2. Molly

    I downloaded the beta version on monday afternoon and so far I REALLY like it! I think it is suited to my natural writing style, that is, I think in terms of scenes rather than linear chapters. This will allow me to write a scene as I think of it – and then I can organize all the scenes in a proper order later on.

    I have not really tried other writing software programs, but would be interested to hear other reviews.
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..TSS: 10.24.10 =-.

    1. Belle

      I think in terms of scenes, too, Molly. I don’t outline, but I do like to jot down the next few scenes that have come to mind!

  3. CMcKane

    Last year I used yWriter and really liked it. But that was only for maybe 15,000 words the rest (I failed at 32K) were handwritten. This year I’m using my notebooks, an AlphaSmart (if it ever arrives) and probably just Google Docs since I’ll be pc hopping. Next year I’d like to give Scrivener a test drive. Eck did I just say next year?!
    .-= CMcKane´s last blog ..Regency Names =-.

    1. Belle

      :) Yes, you just said “next year”! I have an AlphaSmart and really loved using it, but my hands have gotten so used to my ergonometric keyboard, I find it difficult to type anywhere but my PC. Sigh. Hope your AlphaSmart arrives in time!

  4. Tamara Hart Heiner

    OO, I’ll be fascinated to hear how this goes for you! I dont’ know what Scrivener has to offer or what it does, so I have no interest in getting it. Do they offer a trial version? If not, they should!


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