Post by Bryon Brightness Daddy on Feb 4, 2017 8:18:45 GMT -5
I see that today's Keynote is about Scrivener. I've never used it so I am looking forward to seeing what that Keynote has to say. I am married to Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) and see no real reason to get a divorce... maybe a trial separation if I can be convinced.
Do you use Scrivener or something else? MS Word is so 2010. Heh.
Post by midenianscholar on Feb 4, 2017 11:11:34 GMT -5
I love Scrivener! But because I write on different devices constantly, I've had to switch to Google Drive for most of my drafting and revising. It's just too much of a headache to try to figure out which draft is the most recent, and I can't have my laptop always on me. But I miss the glorious organization of Scrivener and hope to switch back when things change.
Regardless of what I use, I always end up in Word for my final final drafts. That way I know the formatting will look good when I send it out, and I don't have to worry about awkward conversion problems.
I live and die by Scrivener. It just completely unlocked the ms writing process for me--being able to compartmentalize the book all in one place (seeing all my chapters/scenes/notes/research, being able to jump around, etc.) was a revelation.
I also still use Google Drive, though. I use Scrivener as "home" for my book and do the majority of my drafting directly in the program (I write at night), but when I'm at work or out and about and on my phone, I draft into a Google Doc or a Word Doc. Each night, I transfer the writing from that day (if done in Google Docs) into my master file in Scrivener. I compile (ie: export) the project every night into a Word Doc, which I upload to Google Docs so I always have the latest available remotely. It doubles as a constant, running back-up of my novel, as well.
One of my fave reasons to use Scrivener is for revision, when the drafting is done. So often in revision, we have to jump around, dissecting the book into parts--what works, what doesn't work, what sections need to go, etc.--and Scrivener is built for that. I like that I can label the scenes I know need work (color-code and/or use cute little icons), and jump around to do my work with no scrolling (ala Word). If I'm in one chapter and need to check continuity somewhere, it's super easy to jump out into another part of the book and come back and not lose my place. Scrivener has a split screen function that is fantastic. You can have the original version of a scene in one window, and draft fresh in the other, or put two things side-by-side for comparison.
And then there's the compile function: with just a few clicks, you get your book in Word and it's already formatted for agents/editors the way they want to read it. It makes everything so stress free!
Post by ✨ LilRonGal ✨ on Feb 4, 2017 20:47:17 GMT -5
Scrivener for drafting, MS Word for revising!
Scrivener is where I keep all my info--character info, research, links, millions of drafts of chapters, pictures, old manuscripts to mine from. And I do my drafting in there--it makes it easy to move chapters around and things.
But I need a new *tool* when revising to give me fresh eyes, which is why I use Word. Plus I love track changes.
I've tried writing in Google, but no luck there. But I do use DropBox to back up my stuff every night.
I also use old fashioned notebooks and composition books when I'm on the go, or if it's late at night and my characters are screaming at me but I don't want to pull out any screens.