Meet Scrivener, your new writing companion. It's an app that will aid you from your initial idea to the final full stop of a draft, and is a neat concept that enables you to unleash your creativity without worrying exactly where they fit in your worded world. A variety of tools and features are available to enable you to outline all details or complete a rough draft for future restructuring.


Think of Scrivener as an immensely powerful word processor come writing guide. Here are a handful of highlighted features:

Get Started

  • Interactive tutorial project
  • Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project
  • Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files
  • Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing

  • Write your manuscript in sections of any size
  • View all sections as a single text using the "Draft Navigator" (iPad only)
  • Quickly navigate sections using the "binder" sidebar
  • Format with fonts and presets
  • Comments, footnotes, links and highlights
  • Simple bullets and lists
  • Insert images
  • Pinch-zoom to resize text
  • Full-screen mode (iPad only)
  • Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only)
  • Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode
  • Live word and character counts
  • Set word and character count targets
  • Find and replace
  • Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation
  • Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users

Find Your Structure

  • Write in any order and reorganize later
  • Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline
  • Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project
  • Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only)
  • Project-wide search
  • Track ideas using labels and status
  • Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research

  • Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies
  • View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only)
  • Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas
  • Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only)

Share Your Work

  • Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
  • Use different formatting in your exported or printed document
  • Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text
  • Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps
  • Create and email zipped backups of your projects

Work Anywhere

  • Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener*
  • Copy projects between devices via iTunes

Should you wish to try something out that's a little bit more functional and tailored to creative writing than say Word, be sure to give Scrivener a try. Do note the pricey listing, but it's certainly worth the investment.