A number of years ago, a colleague in the TWS Writer’s Studio turned me on to Scrivener, a fabulous writer’s word-processor for the Mac. I’d been experimenting around with different programs to help me manage the countless scenes and drafts of my manuscript — a tool that would help me quickly revise, re-format, re-structure and deal with the masses of individual files I’d been accumulating over the past years.
“You have to try Scrivener,” said Michael. And I did. As usual, rather than download a demo version, I plunged in and bought the tool online. True to Michael’s word, the software does everything a writer needs. Most importantly, Scrivener allows me to focus on the writing. I can quickly go full screen, enlarge the font and just have a page of words to concentrate on — not menus, no toolbars, no distractions. Whenever I want, I can switch to an outline view, or write summaries and post them on a corkboard, re-arrange chapters or scenes by clicking and dragging. I have complete control over fonts, formats, layouts, etc. Most importantly I don’t have the large footprint of a bloated program like MS-Word. I have places to store notes, links, images, keywords, even character sketches