You might remember back in October when I was teaching myself how to use the writing software, Scrivener. I was so enthusiastic. Many of my writing friends use Scrivener to help them organize their projects and they adore it. I thought I would be one of them and I found that it is a phenomenal program. As a matter of fact, I’ll continue to use it to help keep all my research and notes in one place. What I discovered, though, is that this ol’ dog doesn’t learn new tricks all that easily. Ultimately, I missed having my storyboard on my dining room table. I missed the tactile sensation of moving my pretty little cards around.
Even though I’m well into writing my 2013 book, Saving Ivy Hart, I still need to play with the structure and it appears the only way I can happily, sanely and effectively do this is with good old-fashioned post-it type notecards and my storyboard. I’ve always used a storyboard, but ever since getting to know Alexandra Sokoloff, I’ve used a board with the three-act structure that’s Alex’s baby. It’s made structuring a novel a thing of beauty. With Scrivener, I lost that. I was trying to fit my work into a format that simply didn’t suit my style.
I’ve enjoyed reading e-books for years now, and I always chuckle at folks who say they prefer the “feel” of a book in their hands. Now I understand. Moving index cards around on a computer screen just doesn’t give me the same sense of satisfaction.
I’ve been writing long enough to know that, one way or another, my next book will be written, but I want to enjoy the process. So while I think Scrivener is amazing and I fully understand the allure, I’m thrilled to be back to my twentieth century notecards and storyboard.
Have you found new technologies that get in the way of a task you’ve always loved? And if you’re a Scrivener user, I’d love to hear from you, too.