For years, I’ve used One Note; its notebook style helps me to see the project as a whole and to see it in chunks by chapters or by scenes while also allowing me to embed notes, images, videos, and web links. One Notes has helped me organize several of my novels and also academic papers, to include my dissertation that I’m currently researching and drafting notes for.
There may be, however, another program that will fight for my attention: Scrivener. It’s been around for a while for Mac users, but recently, I downloaded the Windows beta version of Scrivener; the official version is to be released next month.
So far, I have nothing but raves for the program. It heightens the visual experience for me, something that I desperately need in my writing. I typically do a lot visual storytelling (mind writing) before I ever put a word on the page, so when I finally come to the page, I like to still have those visual components available to me. Like One Note, Scrivener allows you to incorporate other media into projects and organize work into chunks. You can also save the work in multiple formats, too, just like One Note. Being able to view a draft on the corkboard screen allows me to visually see chucks on individual notecards (complete with title and synopsis) where I can move parts and reorder the structure of material. This aspect alone pulls it ahead of One Note as a good choice in organizing (and writing) a project.
But I’m always on the lookout for other solutions.
What strategies, programs do you use to organize a writing project?