Scrivener is the #1 App for All of my Writing Projects


I am a writer. I am an editor. I am a manuscript preparer and an eBook publisher. I am a social media marketing and branding consultant. For all of those roles that I manage for my three businesses, I do a lot of writing. I write on my MacBook Air from my home office and my MacBook Pro from my Midtown Detroit office. Away from my offices, I write my iPad2 and iPad Mini.

When I write short, often internal documents, I use Google Docs and Google Drive. Most of my clients send me documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the global gold standard contained in the Microsoft Office Suite; I use those programs in Office for Mac 2011, which integrates (almost) perfectly with the PC/Windows version. Sometimes I use Pages, Keynote, and Numbers in the Apple iWorks Office Suite, mostly because the apps are fun to use (and now free in iOS). For now however, for the majority of my original writing and editing I do for myself and for my clients, I use Scrivener, the popular application designed especially for writers.

Scrivener is not a “word processor”, it is a writing tool. What is the difference? Scrivener was designed just for writers, who are, for the most part, right-brained “creatives”. Scrivener includes several features that allow writers to plan, organize, view, edit, and write in whatever structure they are most comfortable. Completed Scrivener projects can be exported in many formats, including for eBooks.

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I use Scrivener to write my blog posts, my articles, my eBooks and books, my courses, my marketing materials, and my podcast scripts.

In a future post of my “Apps I Use” series, I will give you a more complete narrative of the app and how I use it for my businesses, but right now I have several client projects to finish. All of them have been uploaded to my Scrivener account, which I can access on both of my MacBooks.

This is going to be fun. If you need the assistance of the professional writers and editors at Writing It Right For You, contact us and we’ll get right back to you!

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The Top 10 Reasons I Bought a Kindle

Yes, I did it. I bought an actual Kindle. People who know me know that I am a “Gadget Girl”: Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices are all on my desk and/or with me at all times. At first, it took me awhile to warm up to the Kindle at all–I like having lots of books around; and of course, as a professional writer and editor and former English instructor, I love books period.

So I started with getting the Kindle app on all of my devices. Just about everything I do is “in the cloud”, so the seamless syncing of everything I had in my Kindle account made using the Kindle on my devices easy and fun. So, what enticed me to finally buy an actual Kindle? Here are the top 10 reasons. If you are convinced to buy one for yourself, my link is included in this post. I am sure you will love it as I now do!

There are more than ten great reasons starting here

10. The newest generation of Kindle is so light and thin and can be manipulated with one hand to turn the pages. It is easier to use than any of my gadgets, including my phones.

9. The high-contrast E Ink Screen really is bright and clear and really is easy to read in bright sunlight. An LCD screen does negatively affect your sleep cycle; if you read before bed like many people do, the E Ink Screen won’t interfere with your sleep.

8. The Kindle is available in both a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3B model, and both wireless options are *FREE*. Just like with my iPad, I invested extra for the 3G capability–just in case I was in a rare area without Wi-Fi. But unlike the monthly 3G fee I pay to AT&T, there are no additional charges for either wireless option with my Kindle. The money saved in 3G data fees more than compensates for the extra cost of the Wi-Fi + 3G model.

7. Unlike my phones and other gadgets, the battery life of a Kindle lasts from 10 days (with the wireless always on) to up to a month if you turn off the wireless until you need it.

6. I can read my PDF files on my Kindle. Sending files to an actual Kindle is free when you use the dedicated Kindle email address you receive upon registration of your Kindle. I like being able to access my stuff everywhere.

You can find out more about the Kindle here.

5. *FREE*…I love *free* and the Kindle store has over 1.8 million out-of-print, written prior to 1923 books. There are also free book samples…these offers work with the Kindle apps, too, but there are also a lot of free offerings only for the actual Kindle device.

4. I can “read” all of my books from my account…I’ve been meaning to catch up on those. Amazon bought Audible a few months ago and the integration is seamless.

3. Read-to-Me text-to-speech capability. OK, I really need to learn to sit still and just do one thing at a time, but having the option to *hear* everything on my Kindle read to me while I do other things is awesome. I know, there is really nothing to this “multi-tasking”, but I can dream while I listen.

2. Eternal archiving. When Amazon was a new company, there were few who believed in its viability. A couple of decades later, Amazon is still here, so I feel safe and happy that all of my purchased Kindle content will be archived so that I can retrieve it at any time.

1. ANOTHER GADGET! I collect coffee cups from around the world; I have over 100 in my collection. With my Kindle, I have another wonderful gadget to add to my collection. Click here to add a Kindle to your gadget collection.

Do you have a Kindle now? Are you thinking of getting one? Let us know in the comments.