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Scrivener Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Scrivener for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is bibisco, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Scrivener and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Scrivener are Manuskript, yWriter, Zettlr and Microsoft Word.

Scrivener alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Scrivener.
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  1. bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.

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    bibisco vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think bibisco is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    callyw

    It is actually a better alternative to Scrivener because of its clear, organisation features. I wish I would have discovered this before I purchased Scrivener. Bibisco is much easier to use: You don't need lengthy tutorials to read just to get started. Hands down this is better.

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    laurafecco

    simple and very useful to know your characters!

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    Laughably bad. Scrivener has the good sense to stay out of your way when you know what you're doing bibisco not only got in the way constantly (no, follow OUR tutorial!) it also insisted on doing it in, I kid you not, two inch caps. Is this some kind of joke?

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    Bibisco keeps getting in the way. No, dude. I don't want to outline your way. Not only does it insist to make you fill in stuff you don't want to, it doesn't even offer a way to disable it!

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    LapoMelzi

    Too strict in his structure and the same time not thorough enough so that the boxing in would by uselful

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    thatmasquedgirl

    I used bibisco briefly a few years ago, and I remember it being packed to the brim with useful features. It's great for fiction writers because it gives them a variety of fields for defining their character. I felt the software was a bit too bulky for what I wanted, though. The best thing about bibisco is that it's 100% free, which is nice if your funds are limited, or if you aren't making a profit from your writing.

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    Bibisco is free, has a very good design and structure that help to create a fiction book outline . The text editor is quite simple and working is quite intuitive.

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  2. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

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    Most users think Manuskript is a great alternative to Scrivener.
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    There are many similar layout features compared to Scrivener. It also has a few features Scrivener seems to be missing or doesn't define clearly such as an outline process. However, it is very early development and has many bugs to work out.

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    Much more efficient than Scrivener because it's way easier to use and everything is where you expect it to be. The worldbuilding tool is simple but enough and it incorporates the snowflake method flawlessly. But you can ignore it just as easily if you wish. The only aspect where it's lacking compared to Scrivener is in the compile options, but you can always compile as docx and use a text editor to get the standard manuscript format right.

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    It's a very efficient alternative to Scrivener. It does not require long, lengthy tutorials. If there's one thing I don't like, it's that it's pretty slow. It lags a lot. Another is that it's not an app. And it's hard to look for it if you forgot where you stored it. The third is you can't add images and it's not very customizable like Scrivener is. Those are probably the only three things I don't like. Otherwise, it's extremely easy to use :)

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    KB_Tidwell

    I own Scrivener for Windows and iOS, but my favorite writing machine is a Linux laptop, so here I am. I like that Manuskript closely parallels Scrivener features, throws in a good timeline function that Scrivener doesn't have, but is a lighter, less feature-congested utility. I'm having a great time writing with Manuskript.

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    RCLeahcar

    Manuskript is very much like a free lightweight version of Scrivener; does not have all the whistles and bells but it has a similar interface and workflow. Also has a timeline tracking tool which Scrivener currently does not have

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    A intuitive tool that is not overloaded. A basic wordprocessor and a binder. Feels a lot like pen and paper.

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    LapoMelzi

    Even if it is in the early stages, it is smarter than Scrivener. The way it handles revisions is simple and amazing; the Timeline is rough yet great -- and something Scrivener doesn't have; the tracking of characters, locations, plots and every other item in the story is easy and effective. Plus, it is still in development and hasn't reached its full potential. I have been using Scrivener for year, but I am enjoy this opensource baby much more.

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    yWriter

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

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    yWriter vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think yWriter is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    isahbellah

    it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener!

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    robyellow95

    For some reason, this reminds me of my high school notebooks: Flipping through pages trying to find crap.

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    I hated it. It kept trying to force me to follow its workflow (invented by the author, I think), and I use a different one. Scrivener suits my workflow, and yWriter does not. It is still on my hard drive, however, just in case.

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    Written and maintained by a novellist/software developer, yWriter is free to use, has a no-frills UI, supports cloud saving/device sync via Dropbox and Google Drive, takes automatic backups, and has an Android app (my main dealbreaker with Scrivener).

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    Free, reliable, logical layout. It also has a phone app that can sync with the desktop app if you use a cloud drive. Lots of other great features.

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    In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion.

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    have not the same versatility

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  4. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

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    Zettlr vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think Zettlr is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    RCLeahcar

    Zettlr is more of a general note-taking app, and doesn't have the author-oriented features of Scrivener

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    Zettlr is a fantastic alternative to Scrivener - give it a go. It's brilliant.

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  5. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

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    Microsoft Word vs Scrivener opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Word is still a legitimate alternative to Scrivener, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    MS Word is a nice text editor, but it really doesn't have the ability to make ebooks that stand out like Scrivener does. Scrivener is a complete author's workshop.

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    Scrivener is not a word processor. Microsoft Word is nothing but.

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    Word has none of the benefits Scrivener brings for organisation, research, collecting and so forth. They couldn't be much more different really.

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    MS Word is a word processor, not an authoring tool. It has no knowledge of scenes, let alone characters or locations or items. It has very limited ability to handle text that is about the document but not part of the document and attaches to no specific point, or multiple specific points, in the document.

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  6. Focus on your words not the interface. Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words. Clean and uncluttered. Feature rich. Features are where you would expect them to be.

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    Quoll Writer vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think Quoll Writer is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    • free -clean, uncluttered interface
    • easy and intuitive to use
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    Shares many features, but little of the clutter.

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    shall

    No cost. Really solid features for writing novels or short stories. It's what I consider a Scrivener-like program without having the (sometimes obtuse and sometimes odd) interface that plagues Scrivener. Cards (corkboard), character/item tracking, notes, full-screen minimal mode, nice editing features, and no format lock-in make this a must-try. I will say it's not a pretty as Scrivener.

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    Clean interface. No non-sense kind of software that has some of the same features of Scrivener. One particular feature I like is the software's ability to automatically link items, characters, places etc. to scenes, chapters, ideas, etc. so you know where every character, item, and place is. Great for keeping track of things in your novel. Has a few bugs here and there, but the developer is friendly, helpful, and responds back in a timely fashion.

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    RemovedUser

    Free; solid; several features; customizable; new versions released quickly and with new features; developer very receptive; great for writing novels.

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    SmartEdit Writer

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SmartEdit Writer (formerly Atomic Scribbler) is a project management and writing environment for novelists and short story writers working on Windows PCs.

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    SmartEdit Writer vs Scrivener opinions
    Almost everyone thinks SmartEdit Writer is a great alternative to Scrivener.

    It has a tree structure like Scrivener. It's also free. Can keep tabs of documents open and tabs of notes. What makes this stand out above scrivener is the editing functions with fantastic reports you can run. It does lack some of the tools of scrivener, however, but depending on what tools you find necessary, this may be perfect.

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    (1) It's free. (2) No nonsense book compile. (3) User-friendly. (4) Less visual clutter. (5) Did I mention it's FREE?

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    A Scrivener wannabe with a lot less clutter.

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    Simple and clean interface. Flexible structure of the novel that you prefer. Have nice sections for research and bits of text that you might someday use. Simply enough functions to just... start... writing!

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  8. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

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  9. A new medium for your ideas—augment your thinking with a text editor designed for structuring lists. Side-by-side views allow 3 modes of thinking.

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  10. Rentry.co is a markdown pastebin and publishing service with preview, custom urls and editing. Fast, simple and free.

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