I hope you’ll indulge me while I sing the praises of the writing software program Scrivener. I first heard about it from the sole Mac user in my writing group. When I was in the market for a new computer (I was finally going to replace my 7 year old desktop with a laptop) I debated between Dell and Apple. I finally decided to fork over the money and get a MacBook, and immediately purchased and installed Scrivener. I rewarded myself for making progress on editing my first novel by copying each chapter from Word into Scrivener as I finished my edits. I never looked back, and I now love love love the program. It really is the best thing since sliced bread. So easy to organize notes, create outlines, rearrange chapters, keep track of word count and chapter synopses, full novel synopses, and, and, more! It is the best $40 I’ve ever spent (it’s now $45 for Apple version, $40 for Windows. It’s probably worth at least $100.)
Tonight I learned a new trick that made me super excited. Our St. Louis area resident Scrivener expert told me that some authors of series will create 1 Scrivener project with separate sections for each book in the series. That way they can easily reuse their notes and character sketches and research across the entire series. This was awesome for me to figure out because I was just wondering about that this past week as I was looking up pictures of actors on imdb.com for what my characters might look like. (Yes, I was doing this not for my NaNo novel, but for Divided and sequels.) My thought process was something like this: “If I save all these photos to the research section of my Scrivener project for Divided, but then create a new Scrivener project for Ravaged, I’ll have to reimport all the photos and notes for Ravaged and any other books in the series. What a pain!”
Well, if you use the same Scrivener project for the entire series, you don’t have this problem! Granted, I’ve already started a new project for Ravaged (which is half written), but I think it will be easier in the long run for me to copy those chapters into the project for Divided, and have everything in one place.
Seriously. You have no idea how excited this made me. It’s the little things in life.