I use Scrivener and I am absolutely loving it! It is the coolest, sexiest writing software ever!
I came into this writing business late. Very late. One of the reasons why it took me ages to start writing is this: a novel is a very large piece of writing and if you’re new in this game —like me —there is a very good chance of creating a pile of “unflushable” mess. I’m Virgo Peoples; I hate clutter: I hate disorganised work or anything for that matter: I can’t even function in a cluttered environment. Just by typing these words of disorder, disarray, unorganised, I can feel that my heart is pounding, my mouth is dry, absolutely can’t breathe. And I haven’t even typed my first “once upon a time” yet!
Luckily, Scrivener came into my life at the right time. I stopped procrastinating and started writing. It helped me tidy up my research, develop my plot and characters and during NaNoWriMo last year, I even managed to write over 50,000 words. All because of Scrivener.
Yes, I know the fact that I bought Scrivener before I even started to write and it’s a bit like trying on shoes before you actually learn to walk but Scrivener was the one for me. It was love at first free trial. Especially, after trying out yWrite. Although yWrite is a free application and it is relatively easy to learn, I thought it was clunky. In the end yWrite and I didn’t gel. So I broke up with yWrite and decided to take up on a younger software. 🙂
Most writers would tell you how drastically Scrivener had changed their writing. Well, I can’t say that for myself because before Scrivener, I didn’t have a writing practice. But now, I do have one because of it.
Scrivener may look quite intimidating at first although it has many useful, cool features. Ask anyone; they will all tell you that there is a steep learning curve. However, there are books and courses. I will talk about that and more in my next post on the topic.