Going Back to Scrivener

Ben, the eternal tool geek, is turning back toward Scrivener for novel writing. Could this be the last change?

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I’ve discussed my author’s toolchain before. This week, I find myself drawn back to Scrivener. I’d like to explain why.

When it comes to the right tool, I am a nomad. I have tried paper, wikis, Evernote, etc. It’s quite a bit disjointed. Ultimately, my mind has been the central repository for all things. When I suggest a tool to peers who are writing, I invariably recommend Scrivener to them, adding that I’m too cool for it myself.

When it comes to Scrivener, I have my reservations. It doesn’t give me the control that I want at the point of production. But, there are a few things it offers that merits a second look.

It offers me a chance to collocate all the novels, the series bible and novel bible all in one location. If you look at the screenshot accompanying this article, you see that I am fleshing out a master project that covers everything. In the past, I stated a desire for an index, such as list of characters, etc. However, I can use internal document links, which affords the same thing. I have other desires, most of which are possible in Scrivener. I think I also gain access to Aeon Timeline and Scapple.

I lose a few things dear to me. I am binding myself to a vendor, which I don’t have with my current toolchain. I believe I lose some quality when compiling my work. But, with this I gain the metadata capabilities I’m trying to emulate via other means.

So what are my next steps? The screenshot shows I’m putting together a format for a master series project comprising books. One of my earlier works was in Scrivener, but I will need to take time to get all of my works into Scrivener. I’ll start with my current edit of Luctation, which allows me to move each section and edit in turn.

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