Sunday, 30 November 2014

Scrivener Review

The final day of NaNoWriMo for many of us is here. I finished and hit my goal, which was one million words, ages ago. And because I finished, I wanted to jump into editing! However, looking back on the painful typos, gaping plot holes, and all the other problematic issues, I would have sooner walked on hot coal. In addition, I didn't want to play around with the NaNoWriMo draft that I had worked so hard on.
That was when I decided to buy Scrivener. For the winners of NaNoWriMo, you can get a 50% voucher I think, and participants can get 25%. I didn't want to wait -- I'm far too lazy.

At first, it was weird. It was like a new world for me after leaping from Microsoft Office to a much more writer-oriented software! I also found that the words were coming out faster than in Microsoft Office. For a whole day on Office, I got 354 words. For an hour on Scrivener I got over 4,000 (want to know how I find the time to write so much? Why not check out my blog post!). It was amazing! Though I am still getting used to it, I wanted to share my ideas, as I have made reviews of writing software in the past.

I wouldn't advise people to download it during November if they are doing NaNoWriMo, however. That is because it can take a while to get used to it. I attempted to read through the format notes pages and then tossed it aside because I didn't get it.  But after half an hour, I got to writing. If you're like me and can figure things out in half an hour, then go ahead and download a trial! I still got over 4k wrote in an hour, which is above the 1,667 words you're supposed to write every day for NaNoWriMo.
A great part of Scrivener is how organised it is! I, personally, have never planned. After I saw the horrendous piece of trash I call a first draft, I decided to plan out my chapters to be around five thousand words each and I had a summary for them. But I thought that I would find it hard to follow it, because I have a tendency to let my mind wander. However, Scrivener's corkboard feature allows me to write up my characters, and work on it from scene to scene, not chapter to chapter, so I know where I am going and my work flows nicely. 
It's also awesome that I can label things "first draft" or "revised" or "done" - it allows me to just get on with things, and if I have an urge to edit the Party scene in Chapter 1, then I can! I don't need to hunt for it, or edit everything else as I go! It's easy to use and efficient in such a non linear way.

Overall, it was worth however much it cost ($40?), because I know I will make great use of it. Starting today, I plan to get a chapter of my book done every day, ready to redeem copies of my book from Createspace and Lulu and then to submit to a few publishers. 
Thanks for reading!

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