Sunday, June 22, 2014

To Scrivener, or not to Scrivener--that is the question.

I considered trying Scrivener two or three years ago, but I never did. I think I was most concerned with how easy or difficult it would be to export my manuscript into Word, and I never looked further into it. Then last week, author Becky Levine started an interesting discussion about Scrivener on Facebook. It got me thinking about Scrivener again. Now I think I might try it.

For those of you unfamiliar with Scrivener, it's a software application that was designed for novelists, though other types of writers use it as well. (Note: I don't work for Scrivener and, as far as I know, I don't know anyone who does.) The website says it's a "word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write--it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application." Which all sounds pretty cool. The website also offers a 30-day free trial.

How many of you use Scrivener? If you have experience with it, do you like it? Is it helpful? What are your favorite and least favorite parts? If you have not yet tried it, do you plan to? Pros and cons, bloggy friends! Let's hear them!

In other matters, how many of you remember the old Almond Joy/Mounds commercials? (If you click on the link, check out those 70s styles!)

Pepper says,

 "Sometimes I feel like a nut.

Sometimes I don't."