Baking In

Scrivener logoI’ve discovered Scrivener as a writing tool. It’s been interesting, and it will likely remain my default tool for long-form writing for some time to come. Within the interface, you can organize a novel by chapters, scenes, and so on. This allows you to quickly rearrange a story during revisions. It also stores character info and other research to be available in a pinch.

When I saw this, I decided to try an experiment with the current work-in-process, Tishla. I did two outlines, one short, one long. Taking the long, I used it to build a chapter and scene structure right into Scrivener. Just fill in the blanks. Did it work?

I’m finishing the draft, but it’s likely I’m going to have to completely rewrite it. That’s not Scrivener’s fault. I just didn’t know my story well enough before I started. But how did it work with what I’d already written?

This might not have been the best use of Scrivener. Unless you know your story really well, an outline can be shredded to ribbons by the end of the first act. Working in Word or another word processing program, you’re not so constrained. But you lose a lot of Scrivener’s organization features.

I’m going to experiment with this more. The way the binder is just too good not to try.

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