Scrivener for Bloggers and Freelance Writers

I often get asked is Scrivener a good app for bloggers and freelance or is it better suited for those of us who write fiction? Well, here’s a little secret I’d like to share…it’s for anyone who writes for a living or has to write for their jobs. I write fiction and non-fiction and use Scrivener 99 percent of the time. The only time I don’t use it is when someone sends me a document to edit using Track Changes in Word. If you’re sick and tired of bloated applications like Word and even OpenOffice that often freeze and you discover that you’ve lost your work, I invite you to give Scrivener a try. Need some encouragement like an introduction of how a blogger can use it? Here’s your chance.

First, If you don’t have Scrivener downloaded onto your computer, go to You’ll see on the site, you have three options downloading: for the Mac, Windows, and the iPad or iPhone. LitandLat gives you 30 days to try out the application. These are not 30 calendar days, but 30 times you open and use the application.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m using the Mac version. Don’t despair Window users, the set up is very similar. Okay, let’s get started. When you first open Scrivener, you’ll see this window:


On the left-hand side are the various templates for fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry, miscellaneous, and blank. I want you to select the blank template for this exercise. Why? Because this will give you the opportunity to organize your writing that suits your style. Once you’ve selected the Blank template, you’ll see this window. Note at the bottom of the right-hand pane, you’ll see a brief description of the template.

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Next, I want you to select “choose” a new window will open:

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Save As whatever you want to call it and where you want to save it. I usually save mine in my Dropbox folder. For this example I…

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