Working with a program to not only edit, but also outline and organize a story is still very new to me.

I’ve started working with yWriter recently, but I still don’t know much about it yet. To be honest, I’ve never used any other word processor than Microsoft Word. Not sure how odd that is to you, but to me I never considered that I was missing out on anything.

Until I learned about Scrivener and yWriter.

Scriverner was the first that I tried. I’m not sure what about it put me off, but I had a hard time from the start. Perhaps I was just overwhelmed by the amount of options and the methods of using it. It could have also been the thirty minute tutorial that had to be done otherwise I would have been totally clueless. But I was clueless anyhow.

Then while clicking through my writing group on Facebook a member mentioned yWriter, and I was cautiously intrigued. The interface seemed similar to what Scriverner offered, which I was attracted to right away. I was in the market for a program to help me organize, outline and edit after all.

I’m not going to lie, the free price tag on yWriter was a big perk to it over Scriverner, not that the reduced promotional price after NaNoWriMo was a difficult investment to make.

I’m still learning how to use it, but I’m really happy so far how easy it seems. I’m nearly a quarter of the way through slicing and dividing the first draft into a workable outline for me to really attack. I had gone into NaNo last November completely unprepared. There was a simple idea that I had and a short blurb to work from. Nothing else.

Hindsight has me kicking myself in the butt for not making an outline beforehand, but honestly it was kind of unavoidable. I decided to sign up for it the night before it began, minutes before midnight if I’m not mistaken.

Through it all I have no regrets. Thanks to that one month i was finally able to get a full draft out of my head and into words. I can’t imagine someone else reading those words right now, since I know there is much to be desired from that rough of a draft at this point, but I’m getting there.

The first goal:

*Get the draft into outline form.


*Find the holes, patch them. (Put those names in that I couldn’t recall during those late night writing sprints… I was bad for that… oops!)

*Expand short thoughts that were left behind

Next time: A Writing Prompt!

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