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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Scrivener--Writing Software

Usually I hate trying out new software--especially when I'm attempting to create, say, a novel. I get frustrated and distracted and quickly click back to reliable Microsoft Word where I can just write.

But I signed a contract for my next novel last week (hooray!), and I was searching for some way to organize all my research, character profiles, notes, etc. So I tried out Scrivener, the new writing software for Macs, and I have to tell you that I LOVE it. It's so easy to use with a great tutorial that showed me how to create index cards for my scenes and characters, easily compile both my synopsis and my manuscript draft, and then reorder my chapters/scenes with a few clicks. I can also color-code all my POVs and tag my research with Web site links and photos. All very cool things for a novelist. :)

If you're searching for writing software but don't have a Mac, here's a list for you. But if you're a writer (and you're on a Mac), you can try Scrivener for free for thirty days. Highly recommended!


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