Scrivener Review 2019: Best Writing App or Overrated?

Brad Smith


I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.

We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
Brad Smith

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Scrivener is hands down the most versatile and efficient writing software out there that everyone, from hobbyist bloggers to professional writers, can use.

When you first land on the Scrivener website, you come across some ravishing reviews from New York Times bestselling authors to prominent writer/producer like Michael Sussman (accompanied by the several logos of all the awards they’ve received).

And after using the writing tool extensively on my computer, I can say, it justifies all the testimonials and awards it got. It’s sleek, very easy to use, and loaded with essential features.

However, the absence of an Android and Linux app and the inability to share documents with peers make a dent on its hood. Otherwise, it’s a fully dedicated software for writers.

Let’s take a deep dive and go through the biggest advantages and downsides of this writing software.

Scrivener
One time
$45.00
Best All-Around
★★★★★
✅ Content organization
✅ Storyboard
✅ 14+ templates
✅ Distraction-free
❌ No collaboration
❌ 24+ hour response
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Scrivener Pros

#1. Drag-and-drop organization

There are many times when we have to alter different sections of our content to make it more effective. And it’s dead-simple to do it on Scrivener.

Just select, drag and drop. That’s it.

This makes Scrivener an excellent choice for working on large projects like novels and books that requires you to write several chapters or sections.

#2. Pre-loaded writing templates

Scrivener comes with more than a dozen templates for different types of writing – be it blog posts, novels, short stories or poetry, it’s all there.

#3. Distraction-free writing

It’s quite normal to get distracted while working on an urgent project (or even if it’s not urgent), but Scrivener got you covered.

Like other premium writing apps, it features a “full-screen mode” aka “focus mode” that captures your whole screen and blocks everything else. So it’s just you and your writing.

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#4. Restore older versions

Using the “SnapShot” feature, you can save previous versions of your content so you can go back and forth to make necessary changes.

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#5. Tons of file export options

Scrivener lets you export your files in a variety of formats like Word, PDF, txt, RTF, OpenOffice documents, or Final Draft.

You can also export your document as an EPUB file and use it on e-readers like Kindle.

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#6. Available across most devices

Scrivener is available for download on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. And the best part is, there’s no limit on the number of devices you can run this software on.

However, the only disappointment is it doesn’t work on Android phones.

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#7. In-house brainstorming product

Scapple is a sister product of Scrivener that allows you to quickly jot down your rough ideas and thoughts and connect them together.

It’s the most potent brainstorming tool among all writing apps I’ve tested so far. It works as a brain mapping tool that makes ideation more impactful.

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But the only catch is, it comes as a separate product, and you’ll have to pay for it.

Scrivener Cons

#1. Collaboration features not available

Getting feedback is an essential part of the whole writing process, but Scrivener leaves you helpless in this section. Due to the absence of collaboration features, you can’t share your document with your peers.

#2. Slow customer support

Although the service is excellent, Literature and Latte (the parent company of Scrivener) is a bit sloppy in customer service.

When I sent a support ticket to collect some info about Scrivener, it took the support team more than 24 hours to answer my queries.

The reason?

Their support team only has three persons thus, it’s challenging for them to tackle all the queries in a short span of time.

Scrivener Pricing Plans

Scrivener is one of the best value-for-money products compared to all of the other writing apps we’ve reviewed.

The writing software comes with a one-off price tag that reads $45 for Mac and Windows license each, $19.99 for iOS, and $75 for the bundle pack (Mac and Windows license).

You also get 30-day free trial (only for Mac and Windows) to test the product before buying.

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However, you can avail some discount by playing the student/teacher card and get the app on $38.25. But there’s no discount on the iOS and Bundle pack.

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Do I recommend Scrivener?

Absolutely!

Scrivener came out to be the best writing tool in my test. Thanks to its low prices, plain interface, and a boatload of features, the writing tool is an apt option for every writer and blogger regardless of their field of expertise.

Though the disability to collaborate with others is the only area where you will have to make some compromise (along with the absence of an Android app).

Otherwise, you can go for it without thinking twice.

Check out Scrivener now and give the free trial a spin.