I know it is 2014! Microsoft Word may be Sooo 1990’s but I know how to use that program and I don’t like change. Change is one reason why have kept my prom dresses in a tub in my basement- In my mind I can still fit into them becasue I haven’t changed. I dare you— say I have changed.. I didn’t think so. With many projects and ideas floating around in the hallways of my mind like high schoolers causing destruction on Senior Prank Day, I need to get them out into the real world. There has to be an easier way to keep all my writing projects grouped together – so my quest begins. Or should I say began awhile ago. I’ve been researching this thing called Scrivener($40) for my writing projects and even with all the reviews out there I am still on the fence. I found a great video on YouTube by Johnny B. Truant that helped lay out reasons to switch to Scrivener although I still can’t jump in with both feet. Amazon has quite a few reviews on it as well that are helpful. Susan Mallette the creater of the Keep WRITING wrote a great piece about Scrivener that lays out what you should expect when you start using Scrivener. She also shared with me another product that I have since checked into today called Scapple ($14.99). It looks like a tangible hybrid of what goes on in a writers mind. You add your ideas to a board that you can drop and drag to Scrivener. You can read more about it at Goodreads. Even though I DO have the latest version of Microsoft Word I find it lacking in many areas. I hate switching back and forth for my notes on a project, I can’t really break it up unless I create a whole new document but the truth is I am comfortable with it. I know it and I like to think it knows me 🙂 we spend an awful lot of time together! I can’t even figure out how to group my blog posts together by topic so my computer skills are lacking somewhat and I am afraid if I get Scrivener or Scapple I would botch it up because I am not tech savvy.
I am still on my quest to find something easier and when I make my decsion I will post it on here.
Do you have thoughts on different programs AND what do you use?
Anyway, if you are a writer I hope this helps with which platform best suits your needs. If you have suggestions please share!