In case you missed my low-key little announcement on Twitter the other day, I actually finally finished my revision of Still Life, a novel that continues the story of Nikki Velvet, a character introduced in the story “One Last Sunset” in Slices.
I wrote the first draft of this novel over ten years ago, and getting it into publishable shape now was a huge, daunting task. But Scrivener made it much, much easier. I don’t know how much longer I would have put off these revisions if I hadn’t had Scrivener. Another ten years, probably.
Instead of having to deal with one overwhelming, monolithic Word document, Scrivener allowed me to easily carve my manuscript up into manageable scenes which I could view as an outline or as notecards on a corkboard and easily re-arrange and add new content to. It gave me a single place to keep all my notes and references and keep everything organized. It autosaves all my changes literally every couple of seconds, and I have it saving to my Dropbox folder so it automatically syncs between my laptop and my desktop computer.
Originally only available on Macs, it finally came out for Windows about a year ago, and I’ve been happily using it ever since.
The software normally costs $40, which is already a pretty great price, but thanks to a timely tweet from Rainy Kaye, I just found out that you can buy Scrivener for just $20, today only, which is a ridiculously good deal. I mean, come on, you can’t even get a decent pizza for $20.
(UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, April 26th, looks like the sale is still going on!)
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