At last night’s NaNoWriMo 2014 Kickoff Party in Regina I was introduced to something new to me: Scrivener.
Whenever people who write get together one of the common topics we seem to bring up is ‘how do you organize?’ Do you write by hand, or do you type? How do you manage your research and keep track of multiple drafts? Do you outline, and if not, how do you rewrite your draft so there’s some sort of structure to your work?
I’ve always faced a degree of difficulty in maintaining my paper organization. Filing boxes and folders, cabinets, stacks of papers. That was back in the day before the digital explosion and I was limited by the resources of my local libraries. But now, with the internet, forget trying to keep paper! There’s too much!
It seems we all are looking for something better, something that eliminates the frustration of maintaining and organizing lots of data and text. We want to focus on writing without being overwhelmed by this grand heap of raw material available to us via the internet, which we are now spending so much time collecting, curating and organizing.
Evernote has been useful for gathering digital forms–still the best system I’ve found to date–but now that I am beginning to select information and forge ahead into my own writing, I need another level of text management.
So, I’m trying this new-to-me thing called Scrivener. There is a special trial offer on-going with NaNoWriMo at the moment, meaning I can download Scrivner now and use it up to December 7 for free. All files can export back into my usual word processor, so if I don’t like Scrivner I’m not stuck later, caught between making either a full commitment to the program or losing my work.
Let’s see how this goes. Here’s the link if you’re interested, http://www.literatureandlatte.com/nanowrimo.php .