Ah, new shinies. A new toy to take our focus away from all the things we should be doing. Laundry, housework, exercising. I’ve somehow kept away from my new shiny until I was completely done with the edit/completion of a requested manuscript. It was difficult, let me tell you. That glaring little icon staring at me every time I booted up the lap top. But I resisted.
The reward was worth the wait. I finally took the plunge and downloaded Scrivener. And bought the Scrivener for Dummies just in case my little brain couldn’t figure something out. A fellow writer and my cousin have touted this time for months and I had two 50% off codes from the Camp NaNoWriMo summer sessions. Between that and a gift card, I did pretty well.
Anyway. Saturday was the first day for really playing with it. As I become less afraid of the edit option in the various pull down menus, I’m beginning to see the
time suck benefits of using the software. I’ve got a completed draft that needs help. I’m not really sure where or how to fix it quite yet, so it became my Scrivener test subject. I’ve broken down the manuscript into chapters and scenes. After playing with the color coding so I knew which scene was in what character’s point of view, a few tiny problems have become obvious. Which is good. I can zero in on them without sifting through pages and pages of Word document.
Okay, those of you who know me or have been reading the blog for a while know I’m a TOTAL pantser. As I get a little more comfortable with the software, I’m starting to like the note card feature. I’m not posting pictures of my playing yet because everything is still very rough. 🙂 From what I can tell, I can add notes about my scene to the overall note card without changing screen views. Those notes then show up on the corkboard and I can make notes on the overall chapter note card from the scene cards. Considering that I sometimes get lost and confused because I don’t use outlines, I think this thing just might work for me.
I’ll continue playing with and see just how much of a difference it makes on the edit I’m doing. I’m curious to see what happens.
For those who’ve used Scrivener, what little tricks have you picked up? What’s your favorite feature?