So, after a year or more of thinking about it, I finally downloaded the free trial of Scrivener. I’ve spent a few sessions so far going through the tutorial and still have a few to do until I feel that I can put a project to work in it.
I do know though that I must have this programme.
What a godsend!
When I originally started writing and submitting (before I quit and left it for too long), I had a snazzy electric Brother typewriter that had an erase function and a small LCD screen. It had no formatting options, and any submissions I made involved the laborious task of finding a copy of the publication, writing to the editor and asking for the submission guidelines if they weren’t included in the publication and then waiting for a reply, if it ever came. Then the story was re-typed (bless that erase function!) to the requests of the publication and after a fair amount of frustration, breath calming techniques and a trip to the post office, sent off in an A4 sized envelope with a stiff piece of cardboard supporting the MS inside and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for its most likely return. Otherwise you would have to type that baby out again! (A novel must have been hideous…)
Fast forward 23 years…
I confess I am a technotard – this blog is testament to my ineptitude, with its lack of snazzamatazz of any description – so having a programme that not only baby steps you through how to use it (in the written word, no less) but also does all of that nasty formatting work for you is an utter blessing.
All I have to worry about is what I’m writing. The rest is taken care of, and isn’t that a relief for all parties concerned!
The programmers over at Scrivener deserve some kind of reward for designing a product that actually works for the function it is meant for, with all contingencies and problems (that I can think of so far) being thoughtfully taken into consideration and solved.
From the outside looking in, I give it a 10 out of 10.
I’ll need to write a few things in differing formats before I can give it a proper review, but I’m impressed enough to fork out some dosh for it, which is something I don’t do often for such things.