[Sponsor] Scrivener

Scrivener calls itself a “content-generation tool”. That’s an interesting definition for a job to be done. The process of writing is not a linear flow of text composition. It’s often based on research, reference, fact checking, linking (citation), etc. It’s then a lot of re-organizing, re-defining and editing.

Most software is only fired up after much of the hard work is completed.

Scrivener lets you compose and structure long and difficult documents based on material from multiple sources. Adopted by novelists, screenwriters, journalists, lawyers and academics alike, the program allows users to split the editor and view documents, PDF files, multimedia and other research materials next to each other.

A virtual corkboard and outliner help with structuring or providing an overview of the draft. Collate, read and edit related text without affecting its place in the whole using Scrivener’s Collections feature. Close out the world in Full Screen mode. And when you’re finished, export to e-readers or the most popular word processing programs for submission.

If I’d be writing a book, this is what I’d use.

Available for Mac OS X and Windows at Literature and Latte.