Scrivener and Why She’s A Self-published Author’s Best Friend

The second of the four investments that every self-published author should make is to Invest in a Decent Writing Tool.

Okay, that was me attempting to be as generic and neutral as possible, but I am sorry, I just can’t be. What I really want to do, is scream out at the top of my voice:


Now I have got that out of my system, let’s look at the reasons why Scrivener is such an important investment and why, if you are still using a word processor to write your book, it might be time for an upgrade.


I could wax lyrical about Scrivener for hours (and believe me I have done so), but for the purposes of this piece, I will simply say that the reason Scrivener is the second of the four key investments every self-published author should make, is all down to productivity.

Scrivener will save you valuable time in all aspects of your writing; whether that be in researching your book, the building of characters, the setting of scenes, plot outlining, distraction-free writing, meeting word count targets or the formatting and compiling of your books.

And as we all know, time is money.

Now, as it happens, this is actually a financial investment that I did make right at the beginning of my career as a writer. I was an early adopter of Scrivener and at the time my purchasing decision was based purely on price. At that time, Scrivener was a fraction of the cost of its competitors (most of whom no longer exist) and I was quite happy to invest the 45 USD to help give my writing the kick up the backside it needed. It was certainly more luck than judgement that led me to buy Scrivener, but boy did I get lucky.


Unfortunately, although I had made a financial commitment in buying Scrivener, I then made the mistake of not following this up with the necessary time investment to make the most out of it. The result was that I ended up just using Scrivener as a fancy word processor for the next few years. Yes, it was still preferable to writing in Word or Pages, but it was only when I decided to get really serious about my writing that I revisited Scrivener and took the time to learn how to use the software effectively.

By using Scrivener the way it was meant to be used, I suddenly found that my entire mindset towards writing changed. It was no longer a case of writing when the moment took me. Suddenly, I was writing regularly, I was writing quickly and I was writing with purpose. And I have no doubt at all that Scrivener helped play a big part in this transformation.


Incredibly, although Scrivener 2.0 is almost unrecognisable from the piece of software I purchased all those years ago, the price has remained the same. 45 USD is quite frankly a ridiculous price. Personally, I would happily pay 10 times as much for such an important piece of software. The fact is, I have happily paid (and sometimes not so happily paid) ten times as much and more for the equivalent must-have application in other industries. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the folks at Literature & Latte for not only creating a wonderful piece of software, but also for pricing it so reasonably.

It may come as no surprise that at 45 USD, the second of the four investments is also the least expensive and in my opinion purchasing Scrivener really is a ‘no brainer’. That said, please do not make the same mistake I made all those years ago. Once you have purchased the product, at the very least spend the time to go through the extensive documentation that comes with Scrivener. And you may also want to seriously consider investing a little bit more in one of the many excellent online courses out there to walk you through how to use Scrivener effectively.

I have actually created my own Scrivener course, which is an over the shoulder look at how I use this incredibly powerful writing software.

If you have not already purchased Scrivener, then you are able to purchase Scrivener for Mac ($45) or Scrivener for Windows ($40) by clicking on one of these affiliate links. If you do, I will get a small commission from the wonderful guys at Literature and Latte.

In exchange for your kind gesture of buying through my affiliate link, I will give you a FREE coupon for my Scrivener course. All you need to do if get in touch with me using the Contact Form and alert me to the fact that you have purchased Scrivener using my affiliate code and the time and date when you bought the software. Once I have verified the purchase, I shall send you your FREE coupon code.

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