Thursday, May 30, 2013

All the King's Horses

Deanna and I have a couple of novels that are



(Yes, the air quotes are significant.)

We know they aren't publishable in their current state because there are some major structural issues with the projects, and we haven't been able to wrap our minds around how to take it apart and put it back together again.

We've tried a couple of times to sit down with it and mark up which sections to move where, but soon become overwhelmed with what we are looking at and what to do next.

Enter...

This is a word processing system that also functions as a card file. It allows the writers to create their novel, or in our case to parse out our novel, into scenes that are nested into chapters that can be combined into the whole. What makes this so dreamy is that the cards can be moved around by just a drag and drop, or if bravery is required, completely hacked from the novel but stored--you know, just in case it was a terrible idea to remove it.

This is how the screen looks most of the time:
The left side-bar shows where the current work is housed in the overall structure.
The middle section shows what you are typing on at the moment, and in this case there is a split screen with reference material as well.
And the right side-bar shows tools that you can use to footnote, determine key words, hold prewriting notes...

Really, I'm just learning here, but so far I love it. It allows us to crack the whole novel apart and piece it back together again, hopefully into a more powerful story.

4 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've got it but haven't been able to get into it. I anticipate when I get back to my SciFi trilogy that I'll need to have Scrivener figured out by then.

Cindy M Hogan said...

So cool.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I love my Scrivener but I must admit that I don't think I use it to it's full potential.

Krista said...

I tried Scrivener but decided I like yWriter (which is free) better.

I do agree though that Scrivener is a powerful tool for writers.