Day 7 -Thursday 7th November 2019 – Software
Now the world has moved into the technological age we’ve largely abandoned the pen for the keyboard. I do still have one story which I love writing by hand, but by and large my writing is now done on a computer – usually my laptop.
It’s taken me a long time to settle into any form of writing software, but these days I tend to gravitate towards Scrivener for my writing. I (mostly) like the layout, and I find its sensible approach understandable enough so that even I know what’s going on! The use of the binder and corkboard approach is really easy to use and keep tabs on. But I’ve got to be honest, I have no idea how most of it works! Ultimately, my books make their way into Word, are shaped and formatted, and then converted to .pdf files. In this way, I feel like I’m using the best aspect of all the software I have!
Here are a few considerations about choosing the best software for you:
- What do you want it to do? If you’re after a word processor document, you really can’t beat Word, but it’s much more difficult to cross-reference research than in writing software like Scrivener. For a professional level, .pdf files are the most reliable, but when you’re converting them, remember to embed your fonts, or some of your characters can be distorted or lost.
- Software doesn’t feel loyalty. Don’t feel restricted to only one programme, you
can get the best of all
- There’s no right and wrong. If you decide you’re happier writing your story on a different programme, on a typewriter, or by hand, that’s fine! Just find a willing volunteer who will copy it up for you at a later date. BUT always keep copies of your writing. You may not like it now, but I guarantee you will be disappointed if you lose it!