I’ve always been the type to open Notepad, or Word and just start writing…until a few days ago. My friends raved to me about Scrivener, and it turned out, there was a windows version as well. So I downloaded it, installed it, and spent a few hours clicking through the tutorial.
And following that, I took my newest WIP, and converted it into a Scrivener project.
I started out using it as a poor man’s Word. Writing in one huge text document.
Then I split it up into fragments.
Then I spent a few days staring at the whole thing, wondering how anyone works in it.
After a few days of scribbling words and only getting a few paragraphs in, I realized the problem wasn’t the writing software, it was the writing wetware between the keyboard and the chair.
I rewrote my outline (still did that in Word – not quite ready to switch).
I split the outline pieces into scenes.
I used the corkboard to lay out the new outline…and I began writing. It’s odd that after so long of just working in Word, it almost feels natural to have the synopsis available alongside the text as I work. So I am continuing, as an experiment. Will I love it? I can’t say. I don’t hate it at this point, and I see some benefits, particularly when it comes to organizing stories with interwoven plot threads, many characters, and running jokes.
We shall see.