How do you write yours?
Well, after a few years of hacking away with Microsoft Word, for my next book in the Red Sun series, I’ve decided to give Scrivener a go, and it’s proven to be a remarkable writing tool. Before I ramble on, this is a Mac program (come on, surely most writers use Macs for fashion value anyway? I do), so I’m not sure if there is a PC equivalent.
Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers. It won’t try to tell you how to write – it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.
I’ll admit it took me a while to realise that this wasn’t quite a normal word processor. Scrivener helps me organise the mess in my head in the most coherent way possible. I can make notes, cut and past whole internet pages (with links in tact), photos, build character profiles, and more, and keep all that paraphernalia on the sidebar, whilst I crack on with the manuscript sections. I no longer have to dart back and forth amongst old documents – everything is to hand. It’s brilliant, and has made the act of creation so much more reliable. And I’ve found all these tools actively encourage more effective planning – it’s whipped me into shape to organise material more effectively. So yes, I can honestly say that it’s made writing a novel easier.
Consider this endorsed. Go and try it out for free, and enter the wonderful world without Microsoft.
Does anyone else use a fancy program?