Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day 21 of the Family History Writing Challenge

It is hard to believe that we only have one week left in this challenge. I have had such a good experience this time. I have been sticking to my system of accomplishing my daily writing before I get out of bed in the morning. The iPad has really been a Godsend for me, in more ways than one. I write whatever comes to mind, and then every few days I email the latest stories to myself so that I can get them on my laptop. There may be a better way to do this, but so far this has worked for me. Once I download the stories onto my laptop, I then copy and paste them into Scrivener, the writing software that I downloaded. Again, there may be a more efficient way to do this, but I haven't found it yet.

I downloaded the trial version of the software just to make sure that it is something I think I would use before purchasing it. One thing I appreciate is that instead of the trial being over in 30 days, it counts the number of days you actually open the software. So I didn't lose any days by being out of town last weekend. I think I will end up buying the program. It is basically a management system allowing the writer to organize notes, concepts, research and whole documents for easy access and reference. You can import other documents, PDFs, photos and even video. They offer some good tutorial videos, but so far I have only watched the introductory one. I am sure there are many more things I could be doing with the program. But for right now I want to focus my time on the writing aspect so I can keep up with the challenge. Then I will set aside a day to watch the tutorials to see all that the software has to offer.