I JUST DISCOVERED SCRIVENER IS A THING
WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS WAS A THING
YOU KNOW, BEFORE I WROTE 73,000 WORDS THAT I WAS MAKING UP AS I WENT ALONG AND KEPT LOSING TRACK OF WHO WAS DOING WHAT AND HAD TO KEEP ALL MY NOTES AT THE BOTTOM OF A MASSIVE DOCUMENT THAT’S GETTING STEADILY OUT OF CONTROL
I MIGHT ACTUALLY BE CRYING
I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Oh, yeah. Scrivener is a thing.
I found it a few years ago when a list of well-known authors were being polled for their writing-process advice. And something like 75% of them said, “Oh, and if you’re using a Mac, you need to check out Scrivener.”
It’s a really interesting variation on the normal approach to a full-featured software package. It’s not the result of a big development team, with product managers and marketers and a team of programmers. It’s just one guy, and his obsessive pursuit of a program to enable his own writing projects.
The learning curve can be a bit daunting. But if you go through the tutorial to get some familiarity with the basic features, it doesn’t take that long to get productive with it.