Basically, the short-lived friendship I had with Scrivener didn’t last. After some confusion with the setting up of the template for a novel, we parted ways. Amicably. Without a fuss.
(actually, I had mixed feelings…pull out my hair and scream or throw my laptop out the nearest window, but I can’t afford a new one and I kind of like having a full head of hair)
I think my issues with Scrivener are down to me being stuck in my ways and how I do things, like writing, is a sort of comfortable routine that I find hard to leave behind.
These are some of my writerly habits:
- Planning isn’t something I really do.
- I don’t have notecards and at the moment I don’t have a whiteboard or corkboard because I don’t have an official writing space or office.
- I do like to set up character sheets with descriptions of appearance, habits and traits and what their part is within the story.
- I write almost everyday, usually in the morning, but it has been known for me to continue into the afternnon and evening (housework suffers, but not my wordcount).
- I have ideas all the time, bursting out my brainpan and scrawled into notebooks.
- I sketch and draw to help me see characters and even weapons in 3D rather than just inside my head.
- I research…If I’m not sure of something, I look it up and buy books on the subject.
- And I set up files for each project, so I can look up my ideas and refresh my memory.
- Finally, I don’t delete stuff, rather I set up a CUT SECTIONS file and keep it for later.
I think that gives everyone an idea of my craziness…I mean writing techniques 😉
Does anyone have their own style of working? Feel free to comment.