I’ve never been one for special “writing tools” when writing a book. Don’t get me wrong, I collect journals and notepads as though they might one day find themselves in a museum, and every fresh new first page has its own kind of magic.
But when it comes to putting a book together, I need my computer, Word and Excel because I am a geek and I like to keep track of my writing metrics. And I like to call them “writing metrics.”
I’ve never tried Scrivener, though I know a lot of people swear by it, but it looks to me like it has a steep learning curve without necessarily added benefit for me. If you’re a Scrivenerer, please feel free to educate me as to why I should be using it.
But as a NaNoWriMo winner (she said casually while buffing her nails on her glamorous sweatshirt) I get a discount on this Aeon Timeline software, and I actually think that I might use it. I tend to keep several documents going along side a manuscript, and it seems like this might help. There have been many times I wanted a timeline, but the templates available for various programs don’t do what I need them to do and I resort to paper and pen. And given my handwriting, it’s not necessarily the most reliable method.
I could, of course, make do with a quill and some vellum. Well, not vellum because of the source, since I won’t eat veal, let alone write on it. Or a pen and paper. I guess if I really wanted to stick with tradition, I could just use stone and a chisel, but that might make editing a little tougher.
I’ve said before I love living in the future, so why not embrace that with the way I write? Free trial, here I come.