It's become obvious, due to many forgotten thoughts, that I need to jot these fragments down right away or risk losing them to the unknown gray matter area where they came from. That’s why having the tools to make notes, regardless of location or time, critical.
Over the years I would email myself these potential tidbits of gold to later be worked into my electronic manuscript, which I created in Microsoft Word.
About a year ago I purchased the writing software Scrivener, after taking advantage of their free trial. This product has some very powerful features for story drafting but it could only reside in one location, on my PC. Given this structure I still needed to email myself these reminders when I wasn't at my desk.
Recently, Scrivener came out with a version for mobile devices. Reluctantly I put my digital currency on the table and downloaded the app. It took me a week to tweak the controls so that I could access my manuscript from all my devices -my PC, iPad, and iPhone. Each now has the exact same version of my work!
Now, when I get an idea for a new chapter, I can insert it directly into my software and the working document. If that item needs to be moved to a different area of the story, I can simply drag that block where I want it.
The software also comes with word counters, so you can stay on track with writing goals, impressive formatting options, and many slick display choices. This is definitely not a simple text application. There is also an option for voice dictation! I regularly use this option when I am walking or doing something else and want to take quick notes handsfree. There are hundreds more features available that I haven't used, yet.
I even drafted this article on my phone while traveling from Cleveland to Myrtle Beach! I later edited the document on my iPad while sitting poolside then submitted it to Loconeal Publishing on my desktop version after my trip.
Overall, I feel my writing process has been momentously improved through the combined use of these two Scrivener products (sold separately), and I can't image going back to the way I used to work, sometimes with paper and pencil.
If you are a writer who is technologically challenged with the process of our craft, then check out the many writing software options on the market and chose the one that fits your lifestyle.
Learn to use electronic media to increase your writing efficiency while working to produce the next great story.
How do you use Scrivener or the program of your choice? Let me know!