Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Super Scrivener and Story Shop

A Love Story

I’ve mentioned it a few times in these posts and there might be some of you out there who don’t know what I’m talking about when I tell you to add things to Scrivener.  So, here is my first love note to Scrivener.

Scrivener is a writing software by writers for writers.  It has everything an author needs to create their best work. You have templates to start with; folders to keep everything in; easily separated and moved folders and files; places to keep your research; a cork board with index cards; the ability to view only one document or the entire manuscript when you’re writing; split screen functions…I could go on and on and on and on.

I love, love, love it!  I’m forever recommending it to writers I meet.  I should probably own stock in the company, I love it that much!

And you can’t beat the investment.  You get a 30-day free trial – not consecutive days, but days of actual use – and the program to purchase is only $40.  Amazing software for only $40!  (Note, I am not (yet) an affiliate for either of the programs talked about in this post.  I just happen to love Scrivener and think The Story Shop looks fascinating.)

Find Scrivener at Literature and Latte here.

For the Hardcore Among You

If you’re hardcore and want the premium, top-of-the-line, fully cloud-based software, then be prepared to spend a pretty penny.  The Story Shop is some amazing software from the fellows at Sterling & Stone that allows you to keep everything cloud-based, maintain a series bible in one easy-to-access place, and a multitude of other amazing things.  But it will cost you. To the tune of $120/year.  Still, if you’re hardcore and can handle the investment, it takes the world of story creation to a whole new level, especially if you collaborate.  And it comes with a 7-day all access pass, so you can test it without paying to see if it’s more what you need than Scrivener.

Discover The Story Shop here.

Oh, and before they created their own software, the Sterling & Stone/Smarter Artist guys made a Udemy course about how to outline in Scrivener.  It’s fantastic if you want to learn some amazing tricks for using Scrivener as an outlining tool.  Find it here.

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