What I was doing before was using Word and saving my manuscript in one file, my outline/to do notes in another word file (in notebook mode), and all of my research in yet another file (also in notebook mode). I wanted to see if having everything in one file might help things a bit more (and I like playing with new software). I had also hoped Scrivener would help with my outlining, which I like to do as I go along. My husband pointed out that I *could* use Word’s outline view but I don’t find their outline view to be aesthetically pleasing (which is important to me).
Since you can do a 30-day trial with Scrivener, I’m going to do a day-by-day update on how this program is helping/not helping to help other writers decide whether this program is useful for them or not.
Spent several hours reading the tutorial and then uploading/reformatting everything from my current project (at least I haven’t gotten very far yet). Then I spent a few hours revising some scenes in my current project. So far so good. Not quite sure what to do with the “Labels” feature yet. I added a Sketch “Status”, but wish I could do colored index cards by Status rather than Labels in corkboard mode. Have added some characters as keywords (as suggested by the tutorial).
Still getting used to using separate text files for each scene. I usually just keep everything in one long file. It’s easier organization-wise for them to be separate, but not sure it’s easier for me visually. Some people feel less pressure if they only see one chapter at a time, but that’s not the case for me. It does have a function to see them all at once though, but each scene has a different color. A little annoying, but might be able to work through this.
Love full screen mode and anticipating using the split-screen function for things.
————- PS: Scrivener has posted a special trial version for NaNoWriMo that has a longer trial time than their usual 30 days (I didn’t notice this until today). They’re also offering a 20% discount for the next two months.