A screenshot of a NaNo template in Scrivener.
A screenshot of a NaNo template in Scrivener.

Scrivener is a writing program for Mac OS X and Windows made by Literature and Latte. It is also in beta for Linux. It has a long history of sponsoring NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy (now Camp NaNoWriMo). It costs $40 USD, but usually has deals for NaNo/Camp NaNo participants (20% off) and winners (50% off).

The program has many different writing features, such as scriptwriting, a place to store research items, and the signature corkboard. Keywords and labels further assist in organization. For Wrimos, the target word counts are a must. Backups are automatic and there are many export and compile options to tweak drafts.

Costs and License

Free trial

Scrivener has a non-continuous 30-day free trial that has all the features of the full software. The trial expires after you use the software on 30 separate days, no matter how long that takes. It's only available for Windows and Mac, however, because the iOS App Store does not allow for this kind of trial.

There's also a special trial for 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo that may extend to future Camps.


A Scrivener license is a one-time purchase and can be used on multiple computers in your household.[1] The table below summarizes the prices (in USD) and consistent discounts for Scrivener on each platform. The Educational License is only available to people affiliated with an academic institution (though this only appears to be checked when the purchase is made).

Scrivener Prices by Platform
Platform Standard License Educational License NaNo Participant (-20%) NaNo Winner (-50%)
Mac OS X $49 $41.65 $39.20 24.50
Windows $49 $41.65 $39.20 24.50
Windows/Mac bundle $80 N/A N/A N/A
iOS $19.99 N/A N/A N/A

Using Scrivener with multiple devices

Scrivener doesn't sync by itself, but if you save your Scrivener projects in a Dropbox folder or something similar, you can sync your files between devices.[2] (Using Google Drive is discouraged to avoid corrupting the files.)[3] Generally, they can sync between different operating systems with few to no issues.[4]

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