It’s certainly possible to write your book in MS Word, or Mac Pages, or Google Docs. I did until recently, which is one reason I have over 200,000 words worth of a trilogy that, for the last decade, I called The Monstrosity. I have almost 300 separate files for that project alone; some of them are the same, or almost, but with different file names; some of them have the same name (or an appended name like 02, or 002, or whatever–one is named RTS034.doc) but are the same contents. There are nearly infinite variations on that theme, but you get the idea.
I spent hours and hours and HOURS trying to get Windows’ properties to show me a synopsis or summary so I might stand a chance of knowing what the contents were, and hours and hours and, yes, HOURS with 10 or 20 separate documents open, trying to figure it out.
Eventually, I gave up. It’s not the main reason I quit writing for a decade, but it sure didn’t help.
Scrivener is a miracle – I can import the files, break them where I need, view synopsis cards, search terms, edit all together, test how a re-arrangement of scenes would come out, you name it. I’m nowhere near the limits of what this amazing software will do, but even if I never learn another thing about it, it’s already made tackling The Monstrosity possible – and that is a miracle.
But don’t take my word for it:
- Here’s what Michael Hyatt, bestselling author and coach has to say: 5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All my Writing
- David Hewson, bestselling fiction author, lays it all out in his Writing a Novel with Scrivener His website is a veritable splashing fountain of helpful information on using Scrivener, writing craft, the writing life. . .truly amazing. And he’s a very nice man.
- K.M Weiland at her wonderful site, Helping Writers Become Authors, has several posts on why and how to use Scrivener
The fact that those 300 files of The Monstrosity are shaping up into an actual series of books is largely due the power of this amazing (and amazingly affordable) software.
Have any of you tried Scrivener? What did you think?