Well, better late than never, right?
A few days before Christmas, I finally broke down and installed Scrivener onto my computer. This is something I’ve been putting off for some time: Word always seemed to do the job, after all, and could do so without costing additional money. But Word has its limits, as things turned out, with the WIP becoming harder and harder to manage as its size increased. And so, having heard many great things about Scrivener (case in point…), I decided to give to a whirl.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Now, I’ve only been using the program a very little while, so I don’t really feel ready to write a full post on it yet. Nonetheless, I can already say that I’m seeing a great deal of benefits. The main thing, for me, is Scrivener’s ability to organise: through it’s “binder” interface, I can split the WIP into as many little segments as I like without having to save everything as separate files, which has made things far easier to manage. With Word, I would often have three or four windows open at a time, which was starting to get…well, confusing.
Incidentally, I ran a word-count on the WIP after transferring everything over. I’m now at ~65k words worth of usable material, with very few scenes left that don’t at least have frameworks (dialogue, actions etc) written. With any luck, I can still get rough drafts of said scenes written before the end of the year, at which point I can tentatively declare this particular draft done.
Any experience with scrivener or other such writing tools? Feel free to share down below!
(Also: I’m back! Yay!)