I promised that I’d do another post about Scrivener after I finished NaNoWriMo. This is that post! Overall, I really like the program and I’m happy with it. I can see why it’s so popular. The amount of time that it saves me in organization alone made it worth my money.
The major organizations features of Scrivener were a huge reason why I could write a whole book in a single month (well, three when you count planning and outlining). The ability to have my outline, or character sheet, or whatever else I needed, along side my drafting area without having to muck around in multiple Word windows was very helpful and kept me focused. The cross-linking was also very handy.
The second best part was being able to import my sketches. My maps, diagrams, and concept sketches were all right at my fingertips when I needed them.
Easily moving around my chapters and scenes is also fabulous. I don’t always write things in chronological order, or the order I’ll want them to be in by the end. This is mostly coming in handy as I do my post-beta edit of the plague novel.
I like assigning chapters qualities, like first draft/to do/etc., as well. It has also been a good organizing tool for the redraft.
I use tables to organize things like character lists and timelines. Tables in Scrivener are not very easy to use or intuitive. It took me a while to get them set up, and they still aren’t quite how I like them.
It took forever to figure out how to make my then-present setup into a template that I could use for future projects. I don’t think that was mentioned in the tutorial and I wasn’t even sure I could do it until I was randomly clicking around.
Finally, the program does not seem to remember which part of a document I’m looking at when I use the forward and back features. I’m not exactly sure why it goes where it does, but it is almost never on the place I left it.
I feel like it has so many features that I’m not using them all, or using the ones I am using effectively. I’m not sure this is a downside, per se, but sometimes it makes me feel bad.
My husband has started using Scrivener and he keeps saying that I was totally right about it. He uses some fancy tech term about it being a total environment, which apparently pleases him greatly.
To give credit where credit is due, I got my own recommendation from my friend Casey (@CaseyDownUnder if you’re on Twitter). I may owe her an acknowledgement or something in a book someday.