Achilles had his armour. Thor wielded the mighty Mjölnir, and Arthur held Excalibur. Even Cupid packs heat, using a bow.
Me, I use something called Scrivener. I love this tool – it’s kind of an all-in-one piece of software for, well, writing. It’s probably not as manly as a sword, but it’s better for getting my job done.
There’s lots of tools out there – I hear John Scalzi uses Google Docs. I’ve tried a few things. Microsoft Word doesn’t work for me; it’s noisy, a tool designed to be many different things to too many people. I have a soft spot for Ommwriter, which is just beautiful. But for serious novel writing? I keep going back to Scrivener.
The thing is that it’s not the tool, but how it’s used. One kung fu isn’t stronger than another, and I fully expect a dedicated person could write an entire novel in Notepad (if they didn’t want to use italics; that’s what Wordpad’s for).
Scrivener’s been good to me this week:
Word goal: 2,500. Word achievement: 3,500.