“Writers have a nearly endless choice of tools. The number of word processors, text editors and other text applications available today is staggering. But most of them are designed for linear writing, where you start at the beginning, then write until you get to the end.
“Scrivener is designed with the assumption that most writers of long-form works – novels, non-fiction books, theses, screenplays, and so on – don’t write that way. Scrivener provides a unique environment that frees you from the strict constraints of beginning, middle, and end. You can start at the end of your work, then write the beginning, then fill out the middle if you wish. As you write, you can easily move around scenes, sections, and chapters, until your work is exactly as you want.
“In addition, Scrivener provides an easy way to store items such as research material, character sketches, and setting information in the same project file as your writing, giving you instant access to all this material.”
Scrivener gives you a different way of working with text. As you can see above, Scrivener stores your text(s) in its sidebar; it also stores research material there. You can have notes in the Inspector (that’s the sidebar to the right). And you can view your text in many ways, including a great full-screen view to get rid of distractions. If you don’t conceive of texts in linear form, then this app is for you.