Writing a thesis is painful. And it should be. But the pain should rest in wrestling with ideas and data not with software. Scrivener takes the pain out of the software side and ensures that your attention is always in the right place.
Reason 1: Scrivener offers an excellent writing environment in which it is very easy to switch back and forth between outline view and full-screen writing mode. This helps structure your mind to use full-screen composition mode when you’re in writing, outline view when you need to focus on structure and view and edit multiple scrivening when you’re editing and rewriting.
Reason 2: Scrivener makes it easy to keep track of the status of chapters and subchapters. In my thesis, I used a color to designate status (1st, 2nd or 3rd draft) and binder icons to represent figures, tables and unused references. Thus, at a glance, I can see how many figures or tables are in a given section or chapter.
Reason 3: Snapshots in Scrivener] make it easy to capture a version of text in case you want to revisit a previous version after you’ve edited it.
And finally Reason 5: You won’t be exposed to Word’s instability when using cross-captioning and cite while you write in a large document.