Friday, March 30, 2012
Build A Better Mousetrap
So what's difficult? Editing and (of course) selling/marketing the book. But put aside the latter for the moment. That's always going to be hard and I don't know that there's much any of us can do to make it easier, other than becoming the next J. K. Rowling.
That leaves editing. Typesetting. Pushing and shoving all those words around. Being a little bit cheap about such things and a little bit strapped for cash, I'm using OpenOffice to write. It's free. It's pretty much Word, which Microsoft doesn't even support anymore for the Mac. It does all I need it to do, right? Well, sure, but so does a printing press from the 1800's, but I'm not about to handset all that type.
I've always hated Word. As far as software has come, why is word-processing software still such a pain? I shouldn't have to have a master's degree in Word to be able to type on my computer. It feels like they've just been layering on new features since the original release and the software has become this big tangled mess of confusion. I wrestled so much with headers and footers in my first book that I was ready to throw the computer across the room.
It shouldn't be this hard.
So I admit to being really interested in Scrivener. Saw an article about it online and checked out its features on the website. I'm tempted. I truly am. Someone made some software considering ease of use and practicality? Unheard of! Just the mention of features that get you around scrolling and scrolling through your work make me salivate. I just may have to try it for book #3.
Has anybody used this? Anybody have any reports? I'd love to hear.