One of my resolutions for 2016 is to finish a preliminary draft of my fantasy novel, titled (for now, at least) Raven Grey and the Relics. To help hold myself accountable, I’m publishing monthly updates on my progress.
This month, I’m pleased to announce I’m finally giving Scrivener a try. Well, at least for the free 30 day trial!
Some authors I know swear by software like Scrivener, others simply stick to Microsoft Word, others still stick to pen and paper or dictation. I’m still trying to figure out what method(s) work best for me. So tonight I downloaded the free Scrivener trial and am giving it a whirl.
Initial thoughts: That Scrivener learning curve I keep hearing about is for sure a real thing. I whizzed through the tutorial but absorbed little. Trial and error and Googling when needed, I find, will be a better tutor.
My preliminary goal with using Scrivener is to type out and save the beginnings of my manuscript from this humble little composition notebook:
I’m really liking the software so far. It’s certainly way better than a big fat blank Word document with that darned cursor blinking back in your face.
Look, it gives you a cute little cork board to pin virtual index cards with all your parts, chapters, scenes, characters, places, doodles, etc.
Which reminds me, I wonder if work would mind terribly if I used the office scanner to make a PDF version of the world map I’ve drawn on a Starbucks napkin…Hmmm 😉
Happy blogging everyone, and please do comment below with your thoughts on software such as Scrivener. Or really just any thoughts you may be having, related to writing or not!
P.S. It helps very much if you download the correct version of Scrivener for your OS. I accidentally clicked on the Mac OS version instead of the Windows version, and spent a good half an hour figuring out what the heck format the dang software was in. 🙂
As Homer Simpson would say, d’oh.