I often find myself marveling at how wired in I am as a writer. There’s the various Google apps that connect me to my writing no matter where I’m at; Evernote allows access to my writing notes no matter what device I have; and, of course, I have my social media and email apps.
As a matter of a fact, I’m currently writing this post at a farmers market while helping out my dad: completely connected in even when not at home or on one of my traditional device, aka the desktop or netbook.
And recently I’ve been considering adding to my plethora of apps and software with Scrivener. Back when they had the Windows beta, I was one of the testers. I liked, and this is despite it not having all the bells and whistles.
Yet, when the official version came out, I never got around to buying it, probably since I failed to capture the NaNoWriMo discount. Still, I’ve continued to eye it, especially after continually hearing such great things from my peeps on Twitter.
However, I then get to thinking: why? Between Evernote, Word and Google Drive, I have a pretty good thing going that allows me access and productivity in a variety of scenarios. Is it really worth it? Sure, Scrivener would organize everything into one location, but really, my spread across various apps is not too messy.
Am I missing out by not using Scrivener? Is there something that it offers that I’m really not factoring into my equations? Please share your experiences with Scrivener below, particularly features that you really love.
4 thoughts on “The mobile writer”
Scrivener is certainly a popular program, but I’ve never found it particularly helpful. I prefer just keeping my notes in Google Drive, which allows me to access my notes from any location or device. However, there’s no harm in just trying Scrivener (last I checked, they offer a 30-day free trial) and seeing if it suits your needs and style.
I might have to do the trial to see what improvements have been made since the beta, but I’m quite fond of Google Drive myself. I supplement that with Evernote, which I’ve found is easier to organize when it comes to my writing notes, especially with its tags and separate notebook feature.
I’ve never been able to get into Evernote. I’ve had it on various devices for years now and it just never clicked. However, what’s important for every writer is for them to find the routine that works for them. Everyone’s different. That’s why it’s good for writers to mix and match different tools and create the writing system that suits their own needs.
I’ve found Scrivener to be a Godsend. My favourite feature is the cork board. I love that I can switch the index cards around with just a click. For a non-linear writer like me, I can’t tell you how helpful that feature alone has been. I also love that you can use different coloured index cards or pins to help organize scenes…I mean, I really could just go on and on. LOL!