Late last year, I bought Scrivener. I find it to be a wonderful program that is rather intuitive. Here are some screenshots from it.

This is what the opening new project looks like in Scrivener. There are several options to choose from. I haven’t used any of the other features except ‘Fiction’.

Once you click on ‘Fiction’, you are presented with these different options. I have only used ‘Novel’, but from perusing through, it seems to be quite similar. Clicking on novel, brings up this page:


This page shows the novel format and how to compile into different formats. To the left, there is a menu with manuscripts, chapters, scenes, characters, places, front matter, research, templates, and trash. The front matter includes the title page. Research keeps track of any information needed so it is easy to find. Templates can be downloaded and comes with a character and settings template. Clicking on the template sheets shows both the character and setting template.


Click on the character template and you will find this:


Click on the settings template and you will find this:settingtemplate

Either of these can be copied and pasted as you add text under characters and places. As shown below (research screenshot is also included):

addcharacter addplace addresearch

Another useful item is under tools. Here you’ll find a name generator. There are many different origins that you can use to generate a name and whether the character is male or female. The names can be added to a shortlist too. I have played with the function and it seems to be handy.