Modern writers can’t separate technology from the act of creation. Yes, words of ahead of bits or bytes! But with the right tech, you can shuffle chapters around more easily to create better structured books. Many say Scrivener beats Word in this regard.
What are your current thoughts on this topic? Or on other software handy for structuring (with or without word-processing capabilities)?
The software isn’t just for novelists, by the way. Jim Fallows of The Atlantic, for example, is a booster of its use in nonfiction writing, too. And TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows, who I suspect used Scrivener in composing and structuring his new guide to Indianapolis for geeks, says: “I simply can’t put into words how much utility I’ve gotten out of this application.” The Scrivener site is here. Scrivener prices vary widely, but are typically around $40 for Windows and the Mac, and you can get a free trial. There is also a free beta for Linux.
Related: A free guide to Scrivener.