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Old 07-04-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Scrivener - StoryMill - Storyist - WriteItNow 5

There three major software programs specifically geared toward writing fiction and non-fiction:

1) Scrivener (which I own)
2) StoryMill (on sale for $19.99)
3) Storyist (higher priced than the other two)


I mentioned in another post that Mariner Software (which owns StoryMill, Mariner Write, and other programs), is currently having a 50% off sale on some software.

Although I love and use Scrivener, I will admit that it has a lot of features that I don't use, but only because I haven't taken the time to master them.

The other two programs in the above list are (I have heard) easier to master.

I've played around with StoryMill and it's OK, but Mariner's software (much of it) hasn't been updated in a long time. StoryMill hasn't had a major update since 2011, which may be the kiss of death for software.

What are your thoughts on these three programs?
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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Of those I've only used Scrivener. I like it but I think I have to be honest and say it's just not how my mind works. When I try to use it I end up spending time procrastinating by playing with all the different features.

Also I've never written non-fiction or long fiction - so I've never really needed the organisational features where I guess it would help.

Not that I've written anything for ages...
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:53 AM   #3
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I use Storyist on my Mac and iPad with seamless syncing using iCloud. Though there are more export features I would like to have, it's working well for me.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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I've only tried Scrivener, which I own and use for writing (when I get round to it...), so can't comment on the others. Like you, I have not delved too deeply into the features, and am sure I'm not using it as efficiently as I could. I do like it, though.
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Does any of these have an accompanying Android app? In other words are you able to fiddle around with your writing project whenever the bug bites?
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Does any of these have an accompanying Android app? In other words are you able to fiddle around with your writing project whenever the bug bites?

If you're asking me, I'm constantly writing and have some things already available for free and for sale.

As far as using an Android app, I've never checked into this because I write only on my MacBook Pro. I do have an Ipad, but I'm not interested in any kind of creative writing using that device.

I have heard that Storyist has an Android app available and that it syncs fine.

About the other programs (and one can now include WriteItNow), that brings the total to 4 that one can consider when using a Mac. I'm talking about dedicated writing programs. One could also argue for Ulysses to be included in that group.
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And I use Windows, hence the wish for something that syncs between PC software and Android tablets.
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Are there any examples of books written and published using these softwares?
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And I use Windows, hence the wish for something that syncs between PC software and Android tablets.

Both Scrivener and WriteItNow are available right now for Windows PCs.
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Are there any examples of books written and published using these softwares?

I would guess that a huge number of books are written using Scrivener - being arguably the most popular on the market; in fact, it has a fanatical following.

I use Scrivener exclusively for the writing, note-taking, arranging, etc. I like to produce an epub when finished, which I will then take to calibre and convert to an AZW3 file. I then upload the file(s) to Amazon and/or Smashwords.

Regardless of one's methodology, I really think Scrivener has penetrated into the consciousness of the marketplace. It's certainly set a precedent for future work and further competition.
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Hence my hope/wish for a companion app on Android. I believe they have one for the iPad.
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Scrivener doesn't exactly sync between the Mac and Windows versions. They theoretically could using cloud storage (OneDrive, Dropbox, etcetera) but too many people report issues with unsynchronized changes. Scriv makes lots of small writes, saving almost constantly, and that seems incompatible with long term reliability working directly on any of these sites.

I run both Win and Mac versions. It is not difficult to take a project back and forth. The project appears as a file in OSX and as a directory in Win (it is actually a directory in both). I had success copying it to/from a USB memory stick and also as an attachment to e-mail. I'm not an advanced user, just a dabbler, so I don't know if any formats or features get lost in the back-and-forth. The feature set is not identical between the two OS's but the Lit & Latte forums suggest there is no problem doing this.
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Scrivener has a sync option that saves the work into a number of separate files. Scrivener syncs the files with the scriv file each time it opens and closes. I use that feature with dropbox to write on my Android phone and an interesting device called an "openpandora". Sync is only available in the Mac version. It's supposed to be in the next windows version but it's been on the wanted list for quite some time.
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I would guess that a huge number of books are written using Scrivener - being arguably the most popular on the market; in fact, it has a fanatical following.

I use Scrivener exclusively for the writing, note-taking, arranging, etc. I like to produce an epub when finished, which I will then take to calibre and convert to an AZW3 file. I then upload the file(s) to Amazon and/or Smashwords.

Regardless of one's methodology, I really think Scrivener has penetrated into the consciousness of the marketplace. It's certainly set a precedent for future work and further competition.
Yes, but can you name one (or three) successful authors who use it?
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