Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Notecards...and Scrivener?


Unlike Tyler-Rose, I am a plotter to the core.

I am also a notecard-outliner.  Also to the core.  

A couple days ago, things were a mess.


There are three different TYPES of outlines on that floor.  And depending on how you'd separate the plot lines, you could count five or seven outlines total.

Confusion was increased by the fact that I was dealing with two different types of notecards--some bought in England and some in America.  I like that the English notecards were lined on both sides, but I find the color variation in the American pack to be nicer.  

I'm very serious about my color-coding, as you may notice above.  I like to have a green.  

Here's England's offering--I don't even think green was attempted here, so I had to settle for aqua:  

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My wooden model in a Christmas-ribbon-dress is looking rather dramatic back there...

But back in America--now THAT'S green.  

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But the aquas and the greens overcame their differences (read: I weeded out most of the British aquas), and after some work...

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Ta dahh!  Three parallel outlines that could be combined into one happy, hopefully healthy, multi-POV story.  

And they were combined.  

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Oh, they were.  

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I love my notecards.  Clearly.  And I think there may be something helpful about making them with your hands and being able to physically manipulate your ideas.  

But...I know Scrivener has some notecard-like outlining features.  And just the other day Tyler-Rose was telling me how you can move plot points around and Scrivener will move the corresponding parts of your manuscript (wondrous!).  I don't think I want to take the time to mess with the free trial right now, but I'm curious--so if you use Scrivener, or you've tried Scrivener, especially if you're a notecard/outline person like me, leave a witty comment to let me know!

15 comments:

  1. I've tried Scrivener--I even bought Scrivener for Windows. However, it didn't really help me. I'm not that organized!! :) I could see where it could be helpful to someone as non-pantsy as you (which is not a criticism--see Marissa Meyer's latest blog article, where I'm convinced the two of you were separated at birth)... but if you like physically manipulating the cards, the virtual cards may be a little... unfulfilling. Sure, you have an endless supply of virtual cards, and you don't have to take up floor space to lay them out and move them around. But if you like the tangible, maybe not for you. :)

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    1. Marissa Meyer and I separated at birth? *swoons at the thought*

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    2. The thing she did with the scene list and assigning plot threads colors and highlighting relevant parts of the scene list? I've DONE that.

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    3. Wow. Thank you for showing me that.

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    4. You're very welcome, Susan. And if anyone ever doubts you can write good stories being as organized as you are, just point them to J. K. Rowling (I'm sure you've seen the grids she made plotting every chapter of every book, and all the character and plot points within each chapter) and Marissa Meyer. You're in excellent company. :)

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  2. I tried to use notecards for my WIP but it was going to take me too much time to write all the details out. I decided instead to use a notebook and have separate sections for different ideas and stuff. It's worked so far for me but I would love to get Scrivener. :)

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  3. Yes I use scrivener and it has a corkboard and all these amazing stamps. Plus the bonus of playing around with colors...feeds my non-grown up side, I think... ;)
    But seriously, you should give the trial a trial! (redundant sentence, no?)

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  4. I use note cards. I have yet to actually derive much tangible benefit from them. *sigh* I was able to achieve that level of organization with just my head. BADASSOUTLINE will transcend all the other outlines! I will become more organized!

    I will also persist in my use of note cards, if only for the look on people's faces when they see you laying them out.

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  5. Wow - now that is impressive! I wish I were a bit more of a plotter, but I'm a pantser at heart. I tried using Scrivener for one of my books and I didn't find it too helpful for me since I'm not a plotter. But it is a cool program!

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  6. Your note carding is beyond impressive, and I bow down to your organizing skills! I've never used Scrivener, but I don't think there's anything wrong with physically taking up an entire room with note cards ^_^

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    1. But think of the trees she could be saving!

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    2. If I were a tree, I could ask for no worthier death than to provide the paper that goes toward a good book. ^.^

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  7. Katie the RoommateAugust 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    This is so pretty I may just open up a blank pack of index cards and arrange them in patterns all over my bedroom floor tonight.

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