I broke down

I broke down and bought Scrivener.

Don’t know why I say it like that, it seems a good investment.  Forty dollars for a whole lot of awesome.  Seriously, check this baby out at Literature and Latte.

Definitely designed with the professional writer in mind, Scrivener is mainly a massive outlining tool.  You can store your manuscript, notes, research, rough drafts, outline, character sketches, resources, so on and so forth all in one document.  The distraction free writing option is also a major bonus.  I especially like the cork board visual, but my fave thing about Scrivener would have to be the keywords.  I can label every chapter of a novel I’m working on with a keyword, like say a character name, then filter out only the chapters that have that character in it and read just those chapters, allowing me to ensure that the character’s personal story-line flows smoothly and is consistent.  Makes editing a breeze.

Yes, I’m bragging a bit about my new toy.  But seriously, only forty bucks.

I’m also psyched because I started writing a story yesterday using my new Scrivener program, of course, and I am 5,500 words into it already.  Boo-yah.

The story, for those who may or may not be interested, is about a young man who tragically loses his wife and is forced to care for their five year old son on his own, and – surprise, surprise – finds love again in the most unexpected of places, I know it sounds like so many sappy romance stories already out there but that’s because I’m giving you the bare minimum basics, there are some plot points I’m leaving out.  What can I say?  I’m not a huge sharer, especially not on works in progress, sue me.  Or not, I have no money and you have no case.

Anyhow, figured I’d tell you all about the program if you weren’t already aware.  To be honest, I’ve used cheap knock offs (read as, freebie apps) that weren’t up to par with Scrivener.  It’s worth way more than the forty, other big name programs that do less cost hundreds, but if you don’t believe me, get the thirty day trial.

Okay, done sounding like an infomercial.  Time for bed.

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