I've been playing around with Scrivener* of late (yup, I'm very late to the party!). However, let me explain: I originally tried Scrivener a long time ago, and it just didn't work for me. I found it overly complicated, I kept dotting from one thing to another in the binder, I couldn't keep a continuous flow...ugh. But now? Yup, you guessed it, I'm using it! But what changed?
Quite simply, I don't use it to write my novel. In fact, I still use MS word to type all of my chapters. However, what I do now is use Scrivener to help me keep track of my scenes, chapters, characters, etc. I don't write the scenes in there. I just make a little card on the bulletin board, type in a few sentences about what's in the scene, and hey presto, there's the macro view of my novel. This is particularly helpful for me as I'm working on a multi POV novel (good plan, Fiona, good plan).
So I'm a 50/50 kind of user for Scrivener - I use it for planning and noting down what I already have, but I keep it well away from my actual writing.
What are the cons for me?
Not many, to be honest. I only use the basic functions, because to be frank, I didn't want to spend hours going through the tutorial. However, it can be a little distracting. I have to be very conscious of not spending too much time on there.
Also, the other con for me is simply from a fussy point of view - I hate how difficult it is for me to open the files on another computer. If it doesn't have Scrivener, I'm pretty much flummoxed.
There you have it - my thoughts on Scrivener. If you didn't love it the first time, try using it this way. It might work, it might not, but it does for me!
* Scrivener is a powerful
content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on
composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
Friday, 21 October 2016
To use Scrivener or not?
Fiona McLaren is a displaced Scot living on the sunny island of Cyprus. She's an author, scriptwriter, and editor. She works alongside Cornerstones Literary Consultancy U.S., and also takes on freelance editorial work. The most important things in her life are her boys, her family, and her partner...and lots and lots of books! She's represented by the wonderful literary agent Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates.