It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The beta release of Scrivener for Windows is now available for download – just in time for NaNoWriMo. In case you don’t remember, I was hoping for this when I reviewed other writing software during last year’s NaNoWriMo.

It’s everything I hoped for and more. Those Mac users aren’t kidding when they call it elegant and intuitive. This is the best writing tool I’ve ever used, hands down.

(FULL DISCLOSURE: In all fairness, Scrivener for Windows won’t be free when it’s final, but the beta trial is free to download and try through NaNoWriMo.)

Why I Like It:

  • The outline function. If you’ve read my blog, you probably know I’m a big fan of outlines, so this is one of my favorite functions. I can create a small file for each scene, which in turn creates an index card on the Corkboard. If I need to rearrange things, I just shuffle them around. No muss, no fuss.  Also, it’s easy to mark scenes that need editing to distinguish them from others that are finalized. No more changing font colors and forgetting what they mean!
  • All my research at my fingertips. It imports text files, PDFs, images – anything I found in my research, I can drag and drop into Scrivener.
  • I can keep everything and the kitchen sink in one place. One program to rule them all – seriously. Usually when I write, my poor netbook is on the verge of imploding from so many programs running simultaneously. Several Word docs, the internet, FreeMind – and that’s just the beginning. But I can store and view all that information within Scrivener. Beautiful.

Extra Helping of Awesomeness: If you try out the Scrivener Beta for Windows during NaNoWriMo and you win (AKA complete 50,000 words of your novel), you will receive a coupon for 50% off the purchase price when the full release comes out in January!

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