...is as good as a holiday, they say.
For the past year, I've ended up writing directly into Microsoft Word, simply adding to my master document a chapter at a time, emailing the updated version to myself every night incase of computer glitches/hitches/nightmares. Me being me, I stick with what's familiar and safe (not unlike Angela and David in my book). But perhaps I shouldn't be afraid to experiment with how I write?
I've used "proper" writing software in the past for NaNoWriMo, and I came back to it this week for my WIP. Scrivener is great when you have a plan/chapter outlines/structure. None of which I had when I started Agoraphobics Anonymous!
But now, after writing out my chapter outlines, I've transferred them into Scrivener (it has handy electronic notecards you can view alongside the actual chapter as you write). And I'm rewriting the whole book into Scrivener, completely fresh. And it's great.
Instead of skipping over whole paragraphs, I'm re-typing them and discovering better ways to arrange them. Whole sections are being shuffled around to make the story flow better. Characters are coming to life. Hurrah and, indeed, huzzah!
It's slow going, of course. I've been working on and off for three days now (more off than on, I must admit, thanks to the presence of Lovely Boyfriend) and I'm only onto page 17. BUT I'm far happier with the first 16 pages than I was even a week ago. Less babbling....speaking of which...I'd best crack on!