Open Notes

Outlining My Way to Success (with changes of course)

This, for me, is where Scrivener really shines. If you want to nerd out on the structure of your novel, know when scenes are happening in the timeline, know who’s in them, and color code everything, it is absolutely the way to go.

I may throw out 30% of these scenes, and will rewrite all of them, and I may (and probably will) depart from this outline. But the 30,000-foot view of the entire book at this early stage makes it easier to forge ahead with it. I’m at 52,000 words, about a month ahead of my schedule.

I enjoy working in IA Writer as well. It is simple and helps me stay clearheaded. I think of what I write in IA Writer as building small houses. But Scrivener is for building cities.