Yesterday, I read about this fascinating software designed for writers working on long projects. It is called Scrivener and it is designed to keep track of all of your writing, research, notes, etc.
In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. Plan out your work in Scrivener’s outliner and use the synopses you create as prompts while you write. Or just get everything down into a first draft and break it apart later for rearrangement on the outliner or corkboard.
As an aspiring novelist, I have multiple files saved on two computers, many scribbled in notebooks, files that I email to myself, and stacks of books for research. Everything has been growing day-by-day; I find myself amending character profiles on random scraps of paper.
I’m always a little behind when it comes to technology and the internet, and had no idea about this software. I was about to go out and buy a corkboard/white board combo to hang on my bedroom wall, but if Scrivener lives up to its hype, I might have to nix the bedroom wall idea. Some of the features include: corkboard, outliner, tools for non-fiction writing, etc. (it even boasts a name generator).
I’ve never used this software or anything like it (just your standard Microsoft Word). I don’t know anyone who has it but I am very interested in hearing people’s reactions or personal experiences. Scrivener is an affordable $40 (with a $5 discount for students and educators). Should I take the plunge? They have a 30 day free trial. Perhaps, I will take a test run this weekend.
Their website also offers an extensive listing of Links for Writers. In the very least, that seems like well worth a glance.
Also, some information and reviews of the software courtesy of my tech writer, mamma.