On Tuesday 21st May, I finally decided that I’d had ENOUGH of writing in Microsoft Word and took a long, hard look at Scrivener.
But why, you might ask, when more than half of the writers I’d spoken to said it was the best thing ever, had I waited so long???
Well, (long story short) I’d always been happy to use Word in all of its incarnations since before Office 95 was ‘the latest thing’. But now, as I began to use Office 2010, acquired in March 2013, my heart sank. The darn thing seemed to have a mind of its own.
From paragraph formatting to bullet points it suddenly felt as if Word didn’t want me to be there any more.
I use * * * to separate paragraphs – have you tried to type that in Office 2010? It turns into bullets!!
Still, I persisted and wrestled with it for another four weeks, working around the peculiarities as I assembled articles, short stories and…my CreateSpace version of ‘A Construct of Angels.’ Huge gaps between paragraphs and page breaks that refused to undo became the final straw. For three nights, I was forced to cut and paste sentences in order to get around this idiotic formating problem and when the time came to begin my next project, my brain cried ‘ENOUGH! I can’t go through all that again!’
So, in desperation to soothe my addled mind, I Googled the best price for the latest (or even the previous, for I am not proud) version of Scrivener.
Not so easy, for here in soggy England, we’re unable to take advantage of the NaNoWriMo offer price on Amazon (unless you know of a way around that…) as it’s only on Amazon.com…and we poor Brits aren’t allowed to download from there in case there’s none left for everyone else. We’re quite a ravenous bunch over here – we have been since WW2 rationing ended.
But I managed to uncover a trial download from PC World – priced at $40. Why dollars? Well the download linked to Literature and Latte dot com who seem to have no problems with feeding us hungry Brits.
And so I went for it, desperately hoping that this shining light, this gift from the Gods (they are there…they’ve just retired) was everything that it had been purported.
All right, Toynbee…don’t oversell it!
So far, so good. It downloaded (49MB), installed (even on my stone-age Windows Vista Netbook) opened and allowed me to explore. The tutorial looked daunting, but because it’s interactive (‘try this…see what happens; now try this…isn’t it good?’) it’s more kinesthetic than cramming.
I think that Scrivener and I are going to get along just fine. My ex (Word 2010) will still be allowed to visit at weekends, but that relationship has definitely cooled.
I will let you know if romance blossoms with the new girl in town.
So, with Scrivener in mind, Write On!
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