It seems like the days of paper and pen are long gone. Don’t get me wrong… I have lots of notebooks overflowing with scribbled notes and half-baked ideas. But, when it comes to my ‘real’ writing, most of it’s done on the computer.

In my opinion, one of the best tools for writing is Scrivener. If you haven’t heard about this gem of an app, head on over to the Literature & Latte website and check it out.

So, what is Scrivener?

Scrivener, as described by its creators, is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.

While that’s a mouthful to say, it’s 100% accurate!

What I like most about Scrivener is that it works in almost any situation. Whether you’re a student, a novelist, a hobbyist… it almost doesn’t matter.

Scrivener helps to keep you focused on what’s important: your writing. It does this by removing all other distractions, including one of the biggest for me: formatting.

Ah, formatting, my arch nemesis. A sneaky word-leech responsible for stealing countless hours all in the name of formatting for the greater good.

My quest to find the best word processor started at about the same time I left the world of Microsoft.

Yes, it’s true. I was a (gasp) Windows user. And, like many before me, I was part of the Microsoft fan club. I used Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Access. I developed in .Net and C#. I designed databases using MSSQL. I was following the Microsoft herd!

Then it happened! I had bestowed upon me the power to break free – I became a Mac user. This, for me, was a life-changing event. I discovered a world beyond Microsoft.

I also discovered that my creative ability was pretty much limitless on a Mac. But, this creativity wasn’t free. In fact, it cost me a lot of time. It wasn’t too long before I realized how much time I was spending formatting my documents rather than writing them.

This format-tinkering killed my productivity. What I needed was to find a tool that kept me on track. One that allowed me to stay focused. That’s when I found Scrivener!

I won’t lie. There are dozens (if not hundreds) of tools out there that claim to keep you focused on your writing, but none had the beautiful interface that Scrivener offered. In truth, most others were downright ugly!

Since I’ve been using it, I’ve been writing a lot more. And, not just fiction, either. In fact, I’m using it to write my Objective-C Tutorial. As I mentioned before, Scrivener works in almost any situation. In addition to using it to write, I also use it to gather my thoughts, to outline my ideas, and to store all of my research that goes into any one project. A great feature, for sure!

Scrivener adapts to you and your writing. It’s an application that spends a lot of time lit-up on my dock. I encourage you to check it out.

Now, stop reading this post, go get yourself a copy of Scrivener, and get busy writing!