Bamboo Dirt 2 – Scrivener

Part two of our 3 part series.  


Scrivener is a program that’s designed to help with long form writing.  If you were writing a novel, Scivener wants to be your main deal.  So saith the organization: “Scrivener is ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one.”  It also has a cute cork board look:


There are some pretty advanced organizational features and the program even incorporates metadata.  What’s nice about a program like this is that it keeps a lot of things in one place, and those things can pop up much quicker than if you were to just keep them in files on your computer.  It’s a good tool to keep large projects organized.


When you’re ready, you can even export text out to Word and other office-style programs.

I’m told that this program was initially a program for the Mac OSX that’s now also got a Windows version.  At least one person at my office has been using this program for her work for years and tells me she loves it.  I’ve played around with it a little, and it seems a little overwhelming, feature-wise, but even the Scrivener people admit that the user probably won’t use a whole lot of the functions.  Rather, they’ll use a handful and really appreciate them.


All in all, a good tool for serious writers to try out.