I just started using Scrivener because getting organized wasn’t a problem–it was maintaining organization once I started changing things in my manuscript.
I am a plotter who turns into a pantser about half way through my first draft. This is fine. In fact, I know a lot of writers who think a mix of plotting and pantsing is the bee’s knees. What’s not fine is failing to go back and change my supporting documents. I typically have notes across several notebooks, index cards, Word documents, and on stray bits of paper I reach for blindly in a writing haze. If I made changes to the plot or characters, there would be no way I could find those original documents. I was trying to hold it all in my head.
I’m doing my best here not to sound like a commercial for Scrivener, so I’ll keep it brief. The thing does what it’s meant to do–help me organize and stay that way. I won’t lose characters halfway through the book by confusing their major goal or struggle to invent new reasons for characters to complete actions that don’t make sense after changing X, Y, and Z. Well…at least I won’t do this while writing the actual scenes. The idea is to revise plot cards, characters sheets, etc. so that I can get a handle again on the big picture and tighten every screw.
How does that sound? Any part plotters, part pantsers out there who feel my pain? What organizational tools do you use to keep on track?
Michelle Joyce Bond