For the past half of a year, I have been working on a book. As I have come to learn, it is a huge undertaking; however, the process has been made much easier with a wonderful program called Scrivener. Scrivener allows me to focus on the writing process. It has helped me to easily outline and write my book as well as manipulate sections. With Scrivener, I can easily rearrange sections of the book. Scrivener is much easier to use than writing in a normal word processor. Writing my dissertation would have been much easier had I used Scrivener. To get the most out of Scrivener, you will have to take some time to learn it. Personally, I purchased Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice to help me learn it. The book was a huge help.
This list includes links to the Scrivener program for both Windows and Mac as well as to a collection of books to help learn how to use the program. There are other books that show you how to write a novel using Scrivener. A good book can put you on the fast track. If you are a writer, I recommend Scrivener, also one of these books may help you get your next book published quicker.