Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RTW: Scrivener is for lovers

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.




This week's topic: What word processing program do you use to write your manuscript, and can you share one handy trick you've learned in that program that has helped you while you write?

This is easy. I use a quill and parchment. But only a special quill, the kind that draws from my own blood.

Oh wait.

Scrivener, of course! I started using Scrivener last fall when it was introduced for PC, and I've been in love with it ever since. This program has so many wonderful features and makes writing so much easier to manage. My favorite thing Scrivener does is that it allows you to create a separate document for each scene. Revisions have become far more enjoyable.

Scrivener lets you set a word count goal for your writing sessions and shows progress on that goal. I don't know about you, but I'm incredibly goal-driven. Being able to track my 
progress makes it that much easier to accomplish them.





But there's so much more to Scrivener than I could ever do justice in one post. Check it out for yourself here.

What's your word processor of choice?

10 comments:

  1. Reading about these programs makes me think I'm stuck back with quill and parchment...I may need to update myself in the next book or two;)

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    1. I say write in whatever makes you comfortable :)

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  2. I have Scrivener, but I still haven't used it. I like Word and it's hard even thinking about straying from it. I do think that session goal aspect looks very appealing. I'm very goal-oriented too when it comes to my writing, so that would be great. Man, I wish Word had that... :)

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    1. Maybe you can download something that can enable word to do that. It's worth a search!

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  3. First of all, I love the title of your post. And you make it sound so lovely and enjoyable... but... I don't think I'm ready to make the switch just yet.

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    1. Ha, thanks! I do love Scrivener. Now that I'm on the proofreading stages of my current WIP and am working in Word (because I exported to get the format right, etc.), I think I'm going through withdrawals.

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  4. Hmmmm. I'm a word user. But the more I read about Scrivener, the more I want to try it.

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    1. I think there's a free trial. I started using it on my first revision of my current WIP. If you're not starting a new project in it, there's a little bit of work involved as far as copying things over, but I find myself much more organized with Scrivener.

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  5. I also just use Word, but I think I'll give Scrivener a try.

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  6. Just started using Scrivener a few weeks back, and there's no going back! I love playing with colors on the Binder and splitting screens, importing images for my characters/scenes and seeing them on my inspector (it's like my personal pinterest)...and oh, there I go a-rambling.
    But I just love it!

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