What is the best writing tool?

I don’t have the foggiest idea. There are too many to choose.

However, I have developed a love-hate relationship with Scrivener.

I love how I can put everything in one place. 

I hate how I can put everything in one place.

Sometimes, as we say in the South, I’ll get a wild hair and decide to clean out my closet. I’ll throw out the old stuff that no longer fits and organizing my shirts, pants, and dresses in a neat, orderly fashion. Everything hanging together by color and style. By the time I’m finished my closet would rival a display rack at Macy’s.

Too bad it doesn’t take long for everything to become a jumbled mess again. And I can’t find a damn thing to wear.

Okay, I can hear your gears turning. You want to know what the hell this has to do with Scrivener?

Scrivener is just like my closet. When I first begin a project, the organized folders, text pages, and index cards look so pretty. But then I begin moving and adding stuff. And soon. Poof!

Soon I’m not sure if I’ve got a cluttered mess of chaos or a mess of organized chaos.

Hmm, is there a difference? Again not sure.

There is a terrific post by someone who loves Scrivener.

8 Reasons why Scrivener is my writing tool of choice #amwriting #writing #writingtools #Scrivener   by G.L. CROMARTY

8 Reasons why I love/hate Scrivener.

  1. Let’s you chop up your book. Yep, and mine eventually looks like kindling.  


2. You can categorize and color code chapters. And voila, a coat of many colors or patchwork quilt not sure. 

3. Chapters have a status of draft, revised draft or completed. And who’s on first.

4. Compiling is easy. I do use it to compile a draft version but not for final publication. Hmm, define easy.

5. It comes with standard novel templates. The templates are nice to help with putting together a book.

6. You can add icons to chapters. This can be done in Word too. So not so sure why this is a big deal.

7. Target word counts. Yes! I love the target word count feature. This does help me stay focused when I write.


8. There is a note and synopsis section for each chapter. I do use this, but sometimes it only adds to my clutter.

Will I keep using this program? Probably, on and off, sometimes on occasion. Maybe.

What about you?

What is your writing tool of choice?

Have you tried Scrivener?

Love or hate it?

Tell me what you think – I love reading your comments.

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13 thoughts on “What is the best writing tool?

  1. I use yWriter [poor man’s version of Scrivener]. I have the same problem as you do. By the time I am on the ninth or tenth chapter, I am wondering why I just did not make my own folders for everything.

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  2. Cluttered mess of chaos and organized mess of chaos. No matter how much I try to straighten out the mess. It only stays clean if I leave them as is, but you cannot do it if you are writer. 🙂

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