I just wanted to jot down a few words about my newest writing tool.
I have been writing in Word for the past four years. I figured out my own special form of organizing the chapters and whole document for each WIP. Of course, as a novice I had no idea what the heck I was doing back then. I just wrote a chapter and started a new document with each successive chapter. Then combined them all together in one final document that I did the edits on. You can imagine the number of documents I had in each of those book folders… lots! That method worked just fine for four whole 90k novels and several short stories and a few novellas. It was working out pretty well until I learned of the versatility of this other writing software.
I recently purchased Scrivener software.
I had looked into Scrivener last year when it was just in the beta stage for PC’s. After talking to many different friends and acquaintances who use the program already I knew I needed to consider it for my writing as well. They all raved about it and swore such loyalty to it’s usefulness I had to check it out.
Before November I made the plunge. In time for NanoWriMo. I went meticulously through the tutorial and started character sketches for the main characters. Then I dove in with my new book, but I didn’t sign up for Nano. The stress it gives me makes it horrendous for me to do it. There is so little time with work and family life.
Just a week into Scrivener I realized the treasure of it all. Instead of writing the whole chapter, I can break it into scenes and then label the scenes with cards and rearrange those cards to move the scene. What freedom! I have place to put all the information on one character or information for a scene. It is all right in the document instead of me hunting a website or papers I’ve copied off the web and stuffed into a notebook (though I still keep a paper notebook anyway). There are so many other useful features. You have to use it to really understand.
To wrap it all up, I am soo glad I made the purchase. I plan on signing up for an on-line class to really learn the ins and outs of the software by Gwen Hernandez. She also wrote a book (one of a few) Scrivener for Dummies.
Armed with this new knowledge I will knock out every book that pops into my head. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.