A few days ago I read a blog post by A.D. Trosper about her recent use of Scrivener, (it’s really worth reading, and you can find it here), and so many of the points she raised resonated with me that I started thinking about my own recent journey back into the world of Scrivener.
I’ve had Scrivener for what seems like forever, but I think it was sometime in 2010 when it was only in Beta form for Windows that I first downloaded it. I played with it on and off, but always gravitated back to Word, the program I have years of experience with. I always came up with reasons not to spend time learning Scrivener properly, but it all really came down to the fact I was being lazy.
When it became a full fledged program that I had to pay for to keep using that little voice in my head told me to hand over my money, because one day I was going to learn to use it. So I parted with my cash, because that little voice is never wrong, right? Then every now and again I’d open Scrivener up, and have a play, but inevitably I’d go back to Word.
A few months ago I lost the flow of my current work in progress (WIP), and found it really hard to commit to my writing. I’m not really sure when it started, but as I made changes to the direction the story had taken I found I was constantly switching between chapters in word, and I was starting to feel a little lost.
There were other things happening at the time as well, which only added to the disconnect I was feeling with my writing. I still knew what needed to happen, and how it all ended, but I just couldn’t get the story moving. I became lost in a brain fog. Nothing was clear anymore. Not how to fix an issue in a scene, or new scene ideas, or what the characters would do next. It felt like it was all there swimming around in my head, but just out of reach. As the days passed that fog got thicker, and almost paralysing. The simple act of opening Word had become something to dread.
Out of desperation I fired up Scrivener just over a month ago, and imported my current WIP hoping by some miracle it would give me a new perspective on my now ageing project. It worked. My head is now clear, and making the changes needed is so simple. Why did I avoid using Scrivener for so long?
I’d have to say the best thing I have discovered since changing programs is that all those times I went into Scrivener and ‘played’ weren’t wasted. I’ve been able to do all the basics without going to the tutorials, or searching the Internet. I was up and running from the moment the import completed.
Of course there are probably some really cool things I could do with the program that I haven’t discovered yet, but on the whole I’m really happy with using it this time around, and I am writing steadily again.
Thank you Scrivener for clearing my head, and reigniting my creativity.