With NaNo moving along at a cracking pace - is it Day Four already? - my thoughts turn again to whether I should be using a specialist software writing program. At the beginning of NaNo last year, my NaNo group suggested we should use a dedicated program and recommended some free programs to try, like YWriter. I downloaded it but after a bit of fooling around, decided it was too complicated and just plugged on with Word which I'm very familiar with.
So in the lead up to NaNo this year I read different recommendations again, and found Scrivener highly recommended by NaNo writers (you get it 50% off if you are a NaNo winner). I downloaded the beta version (you have to pay up on Dec 12) to try. I even worked through the tutorial, but have not used it for my new novel. Back to good ole Word and comfort.
I must admit, editing my first novel in Word is a bit of a nightmare, with the need to keep everything in different files, blah, blah, it can get a tad confusing and I know there must be a better way.
So, out there in the blogosphere, all you dedicated writers, I'm asking you what program do you use to write your novels? YWriter, Scrivener, Dramatica Pro, Storybase, Contour, Power Structure, Power Writer, The Writer's Software Companion, Writer's Blocks, Master Storyteller, Story Weaver - no wonder I'm confused.? Or are you a Word afficianado?
Please let me know before NaNo gets too far along...please, please...