Either the best decision or the worst!

If you follow me on Twitter (and you totally should!), you’ll know I’ve done a thing. It’s a thing I’ve wanted to do since NaNo 2016, but I was more of a commitment-phobe then. I learned a shit ton last NaNoWriMo (November). Mostly, I caught on that writing without some form of direction is hopeless for me! Secondly, I learned that Microsoft Word is also just as hopeless!

Well, I’ve finally taken the plunge and purchased a fancier writing program beyond Word! Since “winning” NaNo 2016, I’ve debated on whether I would take advantage of my code for half off or not. After debating month and month between Scrivener and Ulysses, I decided to just buy a damn software to be done for Camp NaNo (April 2017). I’m usually quite decisive; however, this decision ended up being so much more of a headache than it needed to be.

I guess the big question I need to answer is why Scrivener? Well, the coupon code didn’t hurt. The program isn’t unreasonably priced to begin with, but it certainly did feel good to buy both Mac and PC versions for the price of one! I’ve read and researched SO MUCH for this program that I feel like I already owned it – if I’m being honest. I really love the concept of being able to use this for both PC and Mac. I also really love that it’s integrated with Dropbox! On top of that, they also have Scrapple for purchase, too. It’s basically an extension of Scrivener.

Some of my favorite features.

The features of this program really drove home to me that I needed this program. I haven’t used it – not even the free trial! I’m going in blind, but I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I should note that I’m not being paid or recognized for mentioning this on my blog. Let’s face it. I’m not significant enough to garner such attention (yet – I hope!). I wanted to introduce Scrivener to my website because I’m thinking about documenting my journey with the program.

Aside from the benefits I listed above, here are just some of the things that stood out to me before purchasing:

  • Corkboard
  • Outliner
  • Name generator
  • Word count / statistics & targets
  • Authomatic backups
  • Integration with Dropbox

Scrivener vs. Word

I’ve used Word since the dawn of time for writing. I hate the fact that I have a separate document for my plot /plans, another one for my characters, and a billion others for my chapters / drafts. I wanted to streamline my writing process and simplify the documents into one. Scrivener offered this. Sure, there are other programs out there, but I chose Scrivener because (I had a discount code from last NaNo) I took the time and effort to choose it, get to know it. I’m pretty pleased with my purchase! I can’t wait to download it and begin using it!

Let’s start a dialogue!

What program do you use for writing? Answer in the comments below!