At last there’s a program for writers designed by a writer rather than by a gaggle of geeks in Seattle. Scrivener takes a lot of the pain and fuss out of writing by letting you write, edit and rearrange at will.

It means an end to boxes of scruffy, dog-eared index cards, teetering piles of manilla folders and finding that Post-it note you lost stuck to the sole of one of your writing boots.

The interface is clean and friendly and because, unlike Microsoft bloody Word, the package isn’t cluttered with dozens of useless bells and whistles, it’s very easy to use.

Scrivener lets you have lots of documents in the same place and allows you to edit them separately or as a whole; a corkboard, possibly the most pleasant and useful feature, uses virtual index cards to store a synopsis of each document in your project and you can shuffle them around any way you like.

An outliner helps you to see the structure of your work as it develops and keywords are invaluable in keeping track of characters, themes and ideas. Full screen editing removes distractions and you can export finished work to a word processor or a design program for formatting.

You can try it free for 30 days from developer Literature and Latte. And here’s the best part – if you like it enough to want to keep it, you pay a very modest $AUD46.00. A lively website provides support, a forum and a blog about writing.

Sadly, for those poor demented wights burdened by the ownership of a PC, it only works on Macintosh (OS 10.4) so that’s one more reason for getting rid of your Windows-driven Antikythera mechanism, which will do at least as much to repair your sanity as Scrivener itself.