Deep down in my heart, I used to be a purist writer. The truest form of writing is taking pen to paper. In my younger years, it was the only way that my stories took shape. Over the past two decades, lost worlds of handwritten notebooks collected underneath my bed. Most will never see the light; a select few have been begrudgingly typed up and stored on various flash drives that litter my desk drawers.
In my mind, if the literary greats like Austen, Poe, and Shakespeare hand wrote everything – why couldn’t I? Well, the crushing reality is that publications will not take handwritten manuscripts. It was not until my late teens that I fully converted over to using a writing software (ahem, Word), leaving the world of notebooks behind.
However, the purist in me would not allow myself to be 100% digital. Outlines, research notes, character descriptions, and such were all hand written, and efficiently organized into binders for ease of reference. A balance was formed between the actual output being digital and the “R&D” lived on as handwritten.
I thought that this was a good and healthy process, until I outgrew space with binders and my organizational skills slacked when I gained a career.
About a month ago, I was introduced to Scrivener. Immediately, I balked at the idea of using it. My purist mind reeled – Austen and the like all handwrote. To which, the person who introduced me to the new tool replied, “Do you not think that if Austen had this technology, she would use it?”
I was speechless. That never once crossed my mind. If Austen or Shakespeare had access to typewriters, they would have surely used it. If Austen or Shakespeare had access to a computer, they would have used it. If Austen or Shakespeare had access to Scrivener, they sure as hell would have used it.
So why was I denying myself the pleasure of experiencing the use of an organized writing tool? I no longer had a valid answer.
On March 23rd, 2014, I signed up for the Scrivener free trial – and instantly fell in love with the tool. I converted my WiP novel over into Scrivener, and then typed up all of my character bios and research notes into the tool. It brilliantly and efficiently organized all of my items in a clean UI design, and I was left dumbstruck by the fluidity of the tool.
All these years of my snobbery over being a purist writer lead me to not experience the wonders of all of the writing software programs. It was pure stupidity on my part (with a splash of ego).
Scrivener has changed my writing life. No longer do I have to go in search of binders or that random piece of paper that has notes haphazardly scribbled. I can directly go to my research folder in Scrivener and pull up that piece of information. My novel is laid out where each chapter is its own little folder and I don’t have to scroll through a 200-page word document to find one single chapter.
I can reorganize or restructure with a click of a button, and have all files everything securely backed up. My productivity is completely maximized.
The best bonus is the ‘distraction free’ mode, which completely stops me from accessing Skype, Facebook, Twitter, or any of those other Internet attention monsters.
Scrivener was built and designed with the writer in mind. The entire tool is structured around supporting a writers needs, whether it be writing novels, screenplays, blogs, articles, podcasts, etc.
I am still a beginner with Scrivener and am pretty sure that I have barely scratched the surface of what the tool actually has to offer.
Since the moment I touched Scrivener, I lost my snobby, purist writer title and gained the name: Techy, geek writer
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