Yay, my cover for Vampires in the night is finally ready to be revealed. I always love it when it becomes time to reveal covers, because it means another story is getting there.
For a long long time, I have heard people raving about how brilliant the writing program Scrivener is. I mean, there wasn’t a thing that program could do wrong, and it was basically the best thing since sliced bread.
I always just imagined that it was a bit like Mac vs PC. You pick a side and then you rave about it constantly, denying any faults could ever exist with your favorite fan-boy product.
But after three or maybe even four years I finally gave in and actually went and gave the program more than a glance. I sat down and read every single thing the website told about it. I looked at pictures and talked with a few people who use it about their experience.
Finally, I downloaded the free trial and I must admit that it didn’t take more than some 4 hours before I was the proud owner of the bought and paid for program.
Now, I’m not going to say the program doesn’t have any faults, because it does. It takes a lot to learn to use it. Just to get through the how-to tutorial took some 4 hours, and I even skipped some parts because I was pretty sure I was never gonna use it or I had already figured it out on my own.
There are some design choices that in my opinion could have been more logically made, but then, that is probably just a matter of taste.
Now, the big question…
Was it worth the money?
Hell yes. I love it. And I’m pretty annoyed with myself for not having gotten it years ago. Even with the few annoying features, it beats every other writing program I have tried through the years. And I have been around the block, with everything from free writing software to expensive ones, to online ones, and not one of them offers half the features Scrivener does.
It allows me to easily have all my notes in one place and in the stories where I’m working with a giant character cast, it allows me the option to see all the characters on a “cork board” for easy referencing.
Okay, so I totally do sound like a fan-girl, but I swear, once I got over the long learning curve (it took me almost 20 minutes to figure out how the hell I got back to the menu were I could chose among my project. One of the features I would have liked added, an easy to access list of all your projects) and stopped grumbling over the few missing features, it have made my writing life a lot easier.
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