Friday, 25 May 2012

What do you use to write a novel?

Since getting into the writing game I have played with and tested many different ways to create a piece.

Know the feeling?

Obviously the most accessible option for most people is to use Word on Mac or PC.  Now that Kindle and Barnes Noble accept Word files you can practically write a novel, upload it and there you have it!  Ok well it's not quite that simple but Word allows you to get going in a simply way.

But, and here's the thing Word is just a word processor. It wasn't really designed for creating a novel, short story and screenplay.

After trying many different products such as write room, Notebook for MAC and speciality tools such as Finaldraft (which is the best for Screenplays) I have started to use Scrivener.

What is Scrivener?
Well there website says -

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. 
What that means for an author is that it is one of the best tools for creating ideas, scratch plots, characters and dialogue for your novel.  I used to have several files and word docs that had all the ideas for a novel. Then I started using Notebook but it became too difficult to actually look through all the info while I was writing.


That's why Scrivener is so good.  It's like a dashboard of all your thoughts, ideas and chapters.  Yes there are other things out there that do this scrapbook like thing but Scrivener is designed for writing.

You can check it out here.

Some of the best features I like are: -

1. Distraction free writing.
2. Ability to format for eBook and Epub.
3. Output to ePub and it looks awesome.

I think it has helped my creative process wonderfully.  But not only that it has helped my organization which has let me write more.


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