I was actually watching this movie, Ruby Sparks last weekend, starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, who also wrote it. Dano plays a writer who actually writes Ruby (Kazan) into existence. What I found interesting was the he wrote on a typewriter. In the age of computers, writing on typewriters seems wasteful, and like it's making your life a lot more difficult.
I've spent the last couple months just playing with the different functions, starting different stories and screenplays (It has a screenplay function!!!!), and attempting to write using the index card method. I've never used index cards before, as I always considered myself a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants), but within the last year or so, I started to realize that while pantsing it might be exciting, it resulted in uneven storytelling, lots of plotholes, frustration from writer's block.
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I'm very optimistic that I can use this software to keep me organized in the long run. I'm not an organized person, by nature. Using the index cards, you can rearrange anything by dropping and dragging.
It also helps you keep track of characters, places, how they look, you can drag and drop inspiration pictures. It's all great. I love it!
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- What programs do you like to use to write your stories?
- Do you use Scrivener? How do you like it?
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