Guest Post: Just One Reason You Will Love Scrivener by Rebecca Bradley

Before we get to today’s fantastic guest post by emerging crime writer Rebecca Bradley, I just wanted to ask my fabulous readers if they’d go over to Goodreads and vote for my upcoming YA Fantasy novel The Black Petal on a list called UKYA in 2015. It showcases some of the most anticipated young adult and teenage novels being released in 2015. The higher up we can get The Black Petal, the more reach it will have. You have my eternal thanks in exchange 🙂



Just One Reason You Will Love Scrivener by Rebecca Bradley



In 2013 I did a post on why I was starting to use Scrivener.

I attempted to use it last year. I downloaded the trial. Had a couple of sessions with it and gave up. I liked the idea of what it could do, but, practically, working in it, I just couldn’t do it. It didn’t feel right. I was used to having a full blank page in front of me. This however was a full open piece of software.

I’ve since changed my mind.

It is a complex, or should I say, fully functional piece of software for a writer, having anything you could possibly need, right at your fingertips. I have seen multiple posts on why people love Scrivener and why you should try it, so I thought I would let you know why I use it and the freedom it has recently given me in my writing life.

Just one reason I love it and will stick with it from now on.

You know how if you’re working on a word document, you work in a straight line? Sometimes you could write the ending earlier than you get to it if you know what it’s going to be, but you save it somewhere else maybe, but other than that, you’d be left with folders all over if you tried to do anything other than write in a straight line.

Well, that’s just what I’m loving about Scrivener. The internal folder system that lets you drag and drop them around at will and then compile them in a straight line when you’re ready. I found that at times I would get stuck in a place and I’d sit there staring at the screen with no word output, but because of this wonderful ability of the folder system, and the fact that I have a full synopsis so know what is happening, I can move on to a scene/chapter that my mind at that point in time feels it wants to work on. So this way, I am always writing. I’m currently working on all the chapters for one of the threads of the story because my heart is there right now. I can move them all into the right places as the rest of the story progresses. I’m not confined. I’m free to write what I want, when I want to. It’s liberating, my word count steadily rises and my story progresses because of this. I think I’d find it extremely difficult to write a first draft in a word document now.

If you’re not using Scrivener, you can get it on a free trial. It’s worth taking a look. Anything to keep those words and that story moving forward.

Rebecca Bradley has an engaging and insightful blog that you must check out.



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