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With Scrivener 3 for Mac, writers can keep their projects focused and organized their way

TLDR: Scrivener 3 for Mac is a long-form writing tool that offers writers all the tools for researching, organizing, writing, and editing work in a workflow tailored to each user.

Microsoft Word is a heritage program for a reason. For 95 percent of all types of writing projects, its streamlined functionality, ease of use, and complete availability make it an absolute no-brainer of a writing tool for almost everyone.

But oh, that last 5 percent. The irony of Word is that if you’re a serious professional writer, a scribe of books, manuscripts, scholarly works, and more, then Word becomes…well, a little too basic for what you need. You need an app that can handle notations and edits easily, one that can help organize thoughts and research (even outside of Word), one that can format and reformat in seconds and generally craft a writing workflow that adapts to the idiosyncrasies of each writer.

Scrivener 3 for Mac ($29.99, 38 percent off, from TNW Deals) is that tool for Mac users, a wide-ranging collection of features for conceiving, building, and ultimately writing long-form pieces your way.

Each writer takes their own unique approach to their work. Whether you’re a research-first-write-second proponent or you come from the start-writing-now-and-I’ll-sort-it-all-out-later school, this PCMag Editors Choice pick and long-time no. 1 writing app contours the process to your needs.

Scrivener projects start with a binder, a side-collection of files that can include notes, research, even images and video, all the materials around your topic. With Scrivener, writers can group content into various color-coded subfolders so all your important information stays organized and accessible easily.

With Scrivener’s Corkboard, writers can outline and structure a piece with cards to help visualize the entirety of the work, moving scenes or tracking characters so nothing falls through the cracks. Bookmarks open research documents side-by-side with your writing window, so you aren’t toggling back and forth between panes.

Writers can import all sorts of files, including Word and OpenOffice documents; or with Outliner, creators work from an umbrella overview arranging drafts, or reviewing a synopsis of the work.

All that customization potential is why writers like New York Times best-seller Karen Traviss call Scrivener 3 “what working writers need,” while comics writer Ryan Sohmer credited it with  “changed my entire workflow for the better.”

Regularly $49, Scrivener 3 for Mac is available now at almost 40 percent off, down to just $29.99 — but only for a limited time. The deal closes at the end of May, so jump in and grab it now before the price changes.

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Scrivener 3 for Mac is finally here. And it’s everything writers hoped it would be

TLDR: Scrivener 3 is the writer’s perfect digital editor, using writing and project management features for assembling all your notes, revisions, and other ideas logically your way.

Writing is hard enough. But when a writer spends as much time battling the limitations of their word processing app as they do their usual demons like procrastination, writer’s block and general self-loathing, that job gets immeasurably harder.

Say what you will about the pluses of Microsoft Word and other writing and project management tools out there, but few, if any, were ever engineered with the writer’s mentality and needs firmly in mind.

That’s why Scrivener 3 for Mac ($29.99, 38 percent off, from TNW Deals) has become an absolute darling of writers everywhere, a true literary muse that helps keep projects on track, information in line, and anxieties at their regularly heightened, but not maniacally debilitating levels.

And those aren’t just any writers. Novelist, screenwriter and “Luther” creator Neil Cross calls Scrivener “damn near perfect.” New York Times best-seller Michael Marshall Smith said Scrivner is “where I live.” And noted tech columnist Andy Ihnatko said his top five greatest apps ever would include “Scrivener and then there would be four other things.”

The newest version of this popular app, Scrivener 3 is the word processing and project organization system that lets writers write their way. And this edition is a major update on past versions, allowing writers to jot down thoughts in storyboard form, create notes, save revisions and even find helpful research, all while still writing in the document. Scrivener lets scribes build their own workflow, along with a boatload of specialized tools to help make it happen.

With Scrivener’s cool Compiler feature, users can easily keep track of and merge together all of their text and graphic elements. And the Scriptwriting mode allows for custom formatting, making documents exportable into several programs, including Final Draft. 

Import all sorts of files including Word and OpenOffice documents; or use Corkboard mode to step back and work on document sections, then move and rearrange them as needed. Outliner lets writers work with an overview, arrange drafts, review a synopsis and more, while Split mode allows for viewing a pair of documents side by side.

Improve every writing project with Scrivener 3 for Mac at almost 40 percent off, now just $29.99 with this offer while it lasts.

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Facebook takes on Substack with $5m fund for indie writers in US

Last month, Facebook officially announced its previously rumored newsletter platform similar to competing services like Substack and Ghost. Getting writers to make the switch to a new platform may take some effort, however, and so Facebook is back with another announcement: a $5 million fund specifically for independent writers located in the United States.

According to Facebook, the funds are earmarked for ‘local journalists’ who want to move their work to the company’s new publishing platform. The company is accepting applications from interested writers over the next few weeks, noting that some people who apply may get ‘further consideration for an opportunity’ involving a multi-year deal and monetization tools, among other things.

For their part, the writers who are accepted will need to regularly publish work that applies to a local community while engaging with readers using tools like Groups. The core requirements for potentially writing on Facebook’s platform include being an independent writer who lives in the US and covers public interest local news.

Facebook notes that it plans to prioritize writers who will ‘extensively’ cover audiences of color, locations that don’t already get coverage from an existing media company, and writers who don’t already work for a different news publisher.

Writers who submit an application can expect to get updates in June; check out the full Facebook Journalism Project page for all the details. The company notes that its new platform related to this project will arrive in the US ‘in the coming months.’

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Facebook newsletter feature for writers tipped to take on Substack

Facebook is reportedly working on its own newsletter feature and it may launch by this summer, at least according to a new report. The upcoming offering is described as featuring ‘newsletter tools’ that will be aimed at writers, ones who may currently turn to platforms like Substack and Patreon to get funding from their readers.

Independent writers are increasingly turning to newsletter services like Substack to connect with readers, giving them a way to make money while writing about their particular niche. A recent report by the New York Times claims that Facebook is working on its own Substack-like offering that will be targeted at writers and journalists.

The details were provided by three unnamed sources said to be ‘familiar with’ Facebook’s plans. The new offering — assuming the report is accurate — will fall under the Facebook Journalism Project, though it’s described as still in its early stages at this time.

Among other things, the newsletter tools are described as ways for writers to get paid subscriptions from readers, as well as maintaining an email list and finding new followers via the Facebook platform.

Though they’re still in their infancy, newsletter services are once again growing in popularity, the most popular offering arguably being Substack. Twitter recently acquired Revue, a similar newsletter service targeted at writers and publishers.

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