Saturday, 16 April 2016

Scrivener.

While Shanelle has been busy crossing things off her to-do list, I've been working on only one of mine - and slowly, at that. 

I decided (on Day Eight, no less) to join Camp NaNoWriMo in the hopes that it would help me to get a decent start on Dead Ringer. My aim is to write the first two chapters, or at least surpass 5,000 words, though in nine days all I've managed is just over 1,000. But if you know me, you'll know that right now that's a huge accomplishment, and I'd like to talk a little about how I managed it. 

For years I've been looking at Scrivener, a program designed specifically for writers, and after some encouraging words from a friend I am finally using the trial version to see if it's a worthwhile investment. 

For me, at least, Scrivener is basically everything I need for my writing projects, all in one neat little program. 

At the centre of my screen I have a simple word processor, where I can do all of my writing just as I would in Microsoft Word. I've been taking full advantage of the fact that you can use this processor in full-screen mode, which blocks out all of those nasty distractions but can easily be switched off if I need to quickly Google something. 

On the left of my document there's the "binder", which shows all the files that are a part of the project. For Dead Ringer so far this includes files for the first two chapters, a couple of photographs under a "characters" folder that I'm using to reference certain features on different characters, and a couple of files with information on individual characters that I can switch back to if ever I need to remind myself of something. There are still several things in the binder that I haven't even played with. 

On the right there are a couple of things related to the file that I have open at the time. With my first chapter currently open, the right-hand column shows: the summary for my chapter, notes that are specific to this chapter, and the chapter's metadata - what is actually is (chapter, scene, character notes, etc.); its completion status (first draft, revised draft, etc.); and there is an option for whether I want it included in the final "compile". 

It's difficult to explain how helpful the program is unless you try it for yourself, so I highly recommend it. I don't know where I would be without it right now.

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