For years I’d heard about this software programme that would change the way I approached my writing. I downloaded the trial and it seemed complicated at first, but I read through the tutorial and decided last August to use it for Camp NaNo.
I thought I would use the competition and a new project as a trial run to see how I got on. I wrote the first draft of A Scream In The Woods exclusively using Scrivener and I loved it.
No going back now!
Word served its purpose, but now I see it as too one-dimensional. I’ve bought into the Scrivener Project mode where you can have everything at your fingertips.
I suppose it depends on how you work. If you write using one file and have hand written cards for character profiles then you might not think this is worth it.
I have a Word .doc file for each chapter and another .doc file for each character detailing their traits and information relevant to the current WIP. I’d be forever flicking between files trying to find what I wanted.
Scrivener lets you organise all this in one place. If you want to split your scenes down you can do that under each chapter’s folder. Then if you want to move scenes around. Drag and drop and it’s done. Easy peasy.
Rather than having to open loads of documents, I now open the one file. When I want to remember what car my character drives I click on characters and the information is there. I have a few bits of research copied and pasted from the web. It’s where I want it under Research.
I thought it was complicated, but the more I use it, the more it dawns on me that it isn’t. I’m sure there are features I don’t use that would save me even more time. Right now, I wouldn’t go back to using Word or anything else.
I’m not on commission, but the 30 day trial is free so if you were thinking of giving Scrivener a go you have nothing to lose.
What do you think about the Scrivener and other writing programmes? What do you use?
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Today’s photographs are a variety of sunsets.