I have discovered the Scrivener App.
If you are reading this and your discovery has already happened, then you know this elation and are probably over it. I encourage you to go look at another post of mine (maybe this one?)
If you, dear writer, have never heard of Scrivener and you are writing a novel, screenplay, short story, graphic novel, something creative with words in it, or even (gasp!) a non-fiction piece…this program is amazing.
It allows you to think in a non-linear fashion. It allows you to organize everything! It allows you to set session writing goals (as in--I plan on writing 3,000 words this morning.) It allows you to include websites, photos, character dossiers, setting worksheets, as well as keywords (such as-- characters, time of day, time of year, setting, etc.) And…
Did I mention the cork board with the index cards?!
I’m not going to lie—the tutorial was exhausting and I’m not really sure just how much I absorbed (I took several Instagram/Twitter/Coffee breaks.)
BUT it has the promise to revolutionize the way I write.
Prior to Scrivener, I used MSWord and my files looked like:
Yeah, a big mess. I had a document for every chapter. Very confusing and hard to look at the final word count. I did a lot of cutting and pasting towards the end...it was a newbie nightmare.
I give you this as well:
That corkboard is heavy, dear reader. HEAVY. We live in a small space. I no longer have room for that cork board.
I no longer need it!
Here’s a screenshot from Scrivener:
I'm gushing, I know.
If you are craving a place to put all your notes and such together AND color code them AND have the ability to write your synopsis without having to go back and take notes (why? Look at the cork board!) AND have the ability to scoot things around at will AND create character sketches then you have come to the right app.
It's only $40 after a 30 day trial.
I sound like an ad, but really I just like sharing cool stuff.
Consider yourself gushed upon by…
Your Favorite Mermaid
BTW - The Beastie Boy reference in the tutorial was not lost on this mermaid
cold kickin' it live.