Many of you will know that I’m a fan of the Scrivener software. I use it for all of my writing (articles, short stories, novels, non-fiction books and even for recording my pitches).

Last week saw the launch of the updated version (for Apple Macs). Scrivener 3 is an amazing piece of software, although regular users will spot many changes. Some of the tool options have changed locations. To help with this, Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies, has produced a free online course that quickly reviews the changes. It can be accessed via her website here: https://scrivenerclasses.com/course/jump-into-scrivener-3-your-transition-guide-for-mac/

There is also a wealth of tutorial videos on the recently updated Scrivener website, and I would encourage anyone used to using the programme to view these if you’re upgrading from Scrivener 2 to version 3. (They’re also worth watching if you’re toying with the idea of getting the software to help with your own writing projects.) You can view the video tutorials here: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/learn-and-support/video-tutorials?os=macOS )

For those of you on the Windows platform, and therefore still using Scrivener 1, don’t despair. Scrivener 3 for Windows is coming next year, and will offer all the bells and whistles that the Mac version now offers.

If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, download a 30-day trial version here (https://www.literatureandlatte.com) and give it a trial run. (And note that the 30-day trial is 30 days of use. If you download the software on 1st December and open it then, and then open it again on 7th December, that’s 2 days of usage, not 7.)

I know some people struggle with the software, perhaps because it can do SOOOO much. In some ways, its flexibility and capabilities are so vast they can seem mind-blowing. But just because a piece of software can do so much, that doesn’t mean to say you have to use it all. (It’s currently priced at $45 for the full version – upgraders can get version 3 for $25.)

If you’re considering upgrading I would recommend undertaking backups of your Scrivener project files first (because they are updated when you first launch Scrivener 3), although I’ve not had any problems. I’d also recommend following Gwen Hernandez’s tip in her free online course to save your preferences from Scrivener 2 (https://scrivenerclasses.com/lesson/transferring-your-preferences-to-scrivener-3/)

Good luck!