Using Scrivener


I first purchased Scrivener on November 6, 2007 and I have been using it ever since. It is one of those rare pieces of software that does what it was designed to do really, really well. It provides the tools I need to focus on writing my science fiction stories–and then gets out of the way. I’ve written quite a few posts on Scrivener over the years. Since they are scattered throughout this blog, I’ve decided to collect links to all of them here for people who are interested in reading about how I use Scrivener and how it has made my writing life easier.


Note: At one time, I had a link to a Scrivener short story template. Alas, I can no longer locate the template, but then again, it was 10 or 12 years ago when I created it.


Posts are listed in reverse chronological order. Most recent posts are first, oldest posts are last.


  1. Is there a way to copy/paste from Google Docs into Scrivener? I ask because I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month and I can get Scrivener’s half price if I complete it using the program. Scrivener looks like it might have tools that I would like. I began my novel in G. Docs, Now how to transfer it? Thank you.

  2. Hi, I just discovered this blog and subscribed to it. I am quite interested in some of the topics here, Obsidian, blogging, etc. I am a leaner blogger myself, still try to learn all the tools for the trade.

    As regarding Scrivener, how do you compare with Ulysses. I know people may not like it as it requires a paid subscription and is Mac / IOS only. For me, I tried both and has difficulty sticking with Scrivener.

    1. Andrew, I used Scrivener for years and found it invaluable when I was writing stories and even nonfiction articles. I’m not sure a comparison with Ulysses is a fair one: Scrivener is designed to combine a writing tool and a writing project management tool all-in-one. A lot of the features you’ll find in Scrivener help writers to manage their writing projects. When I was using it, for instance, I kept everything associated with the project in the project file: not just drafts, but submissions, rejection letters, acceptance letters, contracts, galleys, etc.

      Ulysses is much more of a distraction-free writing tool. Ultimately, you have to try what’s out there and see what fits best for you and go with that.


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