Working with a new computer programme

I have long been old school, simply using a word document for my writing. I would open a new document and start typing. Not worrying about needing to move scenes around etc. I always started at A and went through the alphabet to Z, then THE END.

Then I started to experiment with my writing. Writing differently, to see if I could find another way to write and to write better. That’s when I realised I also needed to use a different tool.

I chose Scrivner, simply because they are a sponsor of NaNoWriMo, I had heard about it before and of course the generous 30 day trial period. Installing the programme on my computer, with the help of my IT consultant (i.e my brother), I spent two days going through the tutorial to learn the basics at least (yes I know, they probably recommend less than half that time, but I am a slow learner when it comes to technical stuff). The programme is not particularly difficult. If you want to you can basically use it as a word document, open a new document and start writing, which is what I did do in the beginning. Now I am slowly getting to know more of its features and use more of them.

My triumph was probably when I managed to compile parts of my novel into a word document and it looked beautiful. I highly recommend Scrivener for anyone who wants a reasonable priced writing programme with features you can choose to use if you want to, but it won’t hurt the formatting of your novel if you don’t.

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4 Responses to Working with a new computer programme

  1. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve had Scrivener for over a year, but haven’t tried it. Time restrictions are my main concern, but also the frustration it might create. I’m so not a techie. 🙂 I’m happy to hear you like it.

  2. I’m old school as well and still use basic Word (although I have updated to Word 16 now!) Glad you like Scrivener, I may consider it in the future when finances allow 🙂

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