Monday, February 18, 2013

Always Trying To Find A Better Way To Write…

In two days I will begin an online course to teach me how to use Scrivener, the organizational writing tool for all kinds of writers, but especially novelists. (I believe the creator of the program was a novelist). I completed the NaNoWriMo challenge in November and one of the sponsors was Scrivener. All NaNoWriMo winners could purchase Scrivener half price. I’d heard a lot about this program and thought, “why not?”
Next, I went through the tutorial and currently am using it to help me work through a major novel revision. Even though I am using only a tenth of the program’s capabilities, I can see the usefulness of it, so I decided that maybe some further study was in order. 

Even though I have 18 published novels and many more short stories, I am never quite sure that I am writing the best way that I can. Like many novelists, every time I sit down to write a new novel, I forget how to do it - I forget what I did the previous time. Which is why I’m always on the lookout for new ways to do things, new ways to organize my thoughts, get my clues for my mystery in the right order, and describe my characters. 

So, why am I bringing this up? I guess because as writers we should never feel that we have ‘made it’, that there is nothing else for us to learn. Also, we writers “of a certain age” are never too old to take courses, classes, or try a different way to get our thoughts down. 

Linda Hall


Peter Black said...

Linda, thanks for sharing the beginnings of your adventure with Scrivener. It sounds like a marvellous tool for writers.
All the best of success in using the program in your novel revision.

Wendy Reis said...

I like your reference to being "of a certain age". As one who is also in that category I can attest to the fact that ongoing learning is vital but also exciting. It makes the craft more fun. Keep moving forward.

James said...

There is a public community for Scrivener Users on Google+. Since it is public you can read the community page before you decide whether or not you want to participate or not.

Linda Hall said...

Thanks Peter! Maybe that will be another blog. And thanks for the link, James.

And yes - I think it's important that we continue to learn!

Carolyn Wilker said...

What I love about this is your humility, that in spite of having so many novels published already, you are open to learning new ways of doing things, and never saying, "I have arrived."



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