While a general purpose word processing app such as Word is great for writing short texts such as letters and reports, if you want to write long documents, you need an app that is built for the complexity of multi-chapter projects. Whether you’re writing a novel, a memoir, a non-fiction book, or a thesis, the app you choose needs to provide the scaffolding for your work.
Scrivener is often compared to Microsoft Word, which is dominant in business and education. Most people are familiar with Word; so much so that when they set out to write a novel they automatically fire it up. But while it’s great for shorter projects, Word simply isn’t built for this task. As their novel grows, they start to run into problems such as losing track of parallel storylines or having difficulty changing the order of parts of their manuscript.
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