It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Scrivener.  I use it for novels, short stories, audio scripts, screenplays, stage plays, etc.  I’m pretty sure I started using Scrivener right after it was first released in 2007 and, if asked, considered myself an intermediate to advanced user.  That’s up until last week.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Scrivener’s name generator!

Yep.  I never knew it was there.  And I found it completely by accident when I went to the ‘Edit’ menu to find the thesaurus and thought “hmmm….what’s this ‘writing tools’?”.  I clicked on it and “whaaaaaaat?”.


I haven’t dug into Scrivener’s release history to see when it was added (man I hope it hasn’t been there since 2007) but a quick search shows a couple of blog posts about it as far back as 2012.  Six years ago!

I need to be better at reading release notes.  Starting today!

In case you’re like me and never realized that Scrivener had this powerful little tool (or need yet another reason to purchase a license) I’ve made a quick little video.  It’s worth your time if you sometimes struggle to come up with a unique character name 🙂



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