So-So Productivity and Scrivener

Well what do you know.  I abandoned my blog again.  Unlike last time, I have a more legitimate excuse—I’ve been dealing with both lots of family drama and also trying to fill out my high-school transcripts.  Talk about stressful.

Anyhow.  Doing Camp didn’t quite work how I intended it to.  Meaning, I’m not doing as planned, but once again am stretched out between four projects.  Again.  I also haven’t kept track of any form of “word-count” at all, which means according to the Camp website, I have written a whopping zero words.  I’m not terribly worried, though, because I really have done more brainstorming and outlining than actual writing—and it’s kind of hard to convert that into a word-count.

Besides.  I didn’t want to do Camp to write a novel.  I just wanted to use it to motivate me to do something.  That something might be a lot of weird things and with absolutely no concentration on one project, but it’s still something, isn’t it?

I’m going to blame part of my not-as-productive-as-I’d-like-t0-be-ness on Scrivener.  I got the program for Christmas last year, and it is an awesome writing program.  Never before have I been able to organize and sort my writing and notes and everything so well, and I’ve started to have trouble working in anything else.  Which means, whenever I have to let one of my siblings have a turn on the computer, suddenly the program I use on my tablet, Pages, which I’ve used for years, seems very incompetent and I’m struggling to write anything in it.

Gah.  Even notebooks seem pathetic now.

Okay, that’s enough ranting.  I’m curious, though, what writing programs does everybody else use?  I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t use Word. (Granted, I can’t use Word, since I have a Mac, but still.  I could use the Mac equivalent, Text Edit, except the very idea gives me the shudders.)



20 thoughts on “So-So Productivity and Scrivener

  1. Word user, here. I keep on meaning to switch to specialist writing software, but Word seems to suit me just fine for now. Only problem is the lack of any kind of automated version control.

    For Mac, I would recommend downloading openoffice if nothing better is available; not as good as Scrivener, maybe, but WAY better than textedit.

  2. I use scrivener although, when wanting to write a series, I use OneNote. It’s a Microsoft program that allows me to create notebooks for each of my series and keep everything contained. I can only use scrivener for one book and have to copy and paste information in each new project (individual book) if I want to keep it up to date. OneNote makes it easier if I’m working on multiple series. (Which I am!)


    1. Huh. I usually create new folders for each book if I’m working for a series in Scrivener, but it can get a little annoying, I suppose. Hehe, granted, all I’ve done is plan series, not actually write them, whereas you have, right? So you’d probably be able to say better than I. 😀

  3. I still use Word because I’m already familiar with it, and use my physical notebooks for story notes. I also keep a general outline of the story at the bottom of my main document.
    For switching between devices, I’ve started with experimenting with Google Docs. It’s working pretty well on PC, but I use QuickOffice on my Android tablet when commuting. I use my tablet only for drafting and minor edits, and reserve major editing for Word.

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