The day the Scrivener for Windows beta debuted, I was all over like it was Ben & Jerry’s and I hadn’t had ice cream in a month. I downloaded it, played around with it for a few days and thought, “I love the corkboard tools, but this just isn’t for me.”

Last week I decided to give it another try. I’ve been editing up a storm and (as a procrastination technique) pasted my finished book into the updated beta program to see if it would help me in the editing process. Happily, I discovered that all the features I thought the program lacked on my first trial had been turned on in this later version.

I can write scenes and shift them around easily between chapters. I can write a quick summary of the scene that goes onto a tiny index card. All of these index cards show up in my chapter folders. I can stamp them First Draft, Revised Draft, Final Draft, etc. depending on where I was at in my editing process. And in the end, it took all of 10 seconds to compile my manuscript into a Word document.

And these were just the things I found useful in the editing process. I can’t wait to use this on a new book where I get to use all those corkboard tools. On a joyful side note, I also discovered that Scrivener’s Outline interface works incredibly well with my outlining methods.

I highly recommend this program to both outliners and pantsers. And if you tried the beta last year and didn’t like it, I suggest you give the latest version a try while it’s still free. It’s come a long way since November.

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