Okay, so here is the promised Scrivener report.
I'd heard a lot about Scrivener for several years, but
- being easily intimidated by super-techy things,
- as well as dubious of "takes the work away" claims,
- coupled with a budget of zero,
I didn't get Scrivener.
But after finishing NaNoWriMo 2013, I decided that I had heard enough good things about the program to give it a try. The lovely folks who make Scrivener ran a 30 day trial for WriMo's, so I took advantage of that, and by the time Nov. was over I was convinced of it's benefits!
Being a NaNo winner, I had a 50% off deal, which I exercised.
It also has places for reference material, in the form of photos or articles or just about anything. You can keep them right there in the program to refer to them at any point during your writing, but they won't be counted among or mess with your actual manuscript. It's pretty neat.
I have only really scratched the surface of what it can do, but it's been a great leap forward in my writing tools department.
Being a "pantser", I leap right in and jot scenes hither and yon, and build and build until I've got a story that I then must stick into a structure-type frame. This has always been a highly difficult task in Word, and has really slowed my creativity down while I cowered in the face of the monumental task of rearranging everything. (I usually took the passive-aggressive track of avoidance, during which period, I got no writing done, of course.)
Scrivener makes it super easy to rearrange things, and I have to say I'm totally in love with it's Project Targets aspect!
This allows me to set Word Count goals for the overall project, each Scene I've created, and also to keep a Session Target, (I've set it to 2k, and shoot for that each time I sit down.)
This ingenious aspect makes it easy to keep track of how much I'm getting done, and the feeling of accomplishing stuff makes my creative muscle happy!
A happy creative muscle creates better, stronger, faster, and I get a lot more accomplished!
So it's basically a beautiful cycle that keeps feeding upward momentum.
One thing, I wish it had a smarter spell-check… my Word program had gotten to be a genius at correcting my typos; so I get a little miffed when I accidentally transpose the letters in “to” and Scrivener suggests “oat, at, OT”
Not sure how much it “learns”, either… though I’ve only had it a few months now.
(I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Word “learned” my habits, ’cause it got scary good at suggesting the very word I wanted when typo’d. )
Do you have any questions about Scrivener?
Have you heard of Scrivener before?