As a playwright I’ve found many reasons why using Scrivener knocks Word into a cocked hat. Apart from its ability to store all reference material – including images and links to websites – in one easy to find place, Scrivener has a host of features that make tasks that were previously time-consuming into simple one-key operations.
With Scrivener, you simply open up Project/Auto-complete List and add all your characters’ names (I always include colons as well) and when you type the first letter of the name up it pops, you press return and it’s there. Leaving you free to concentrate on the important stuff – what they’re going to say.
Of course you can also use this for other important elements of the play – such as (Pause) or (Exits).
I found this particularly useful when writing my full length play ‘According to Claudia’ which has a cast of seven characters. In scenes where five or more characters were involved it meant I could write very quickly, which is particularly useful at those times when one of them had a very short line such as “What?”.
‘According to Claudia’ was the first play I wrote using Scrivener – and I must be doing something right, because – at the risk of blowing my own trumpet – it won the award for Best Play at the recent Gwent Drama League presentation evening. This follows on from the award for Theatre Show 2014 given by entertainment and lifestyle magazine Voice.
So, thankyou, Scrivener, for helping me achieve my first great writing success!
(I feel I should add that I am in no way associated with the company that makes and markets Scrivener – just one of the many who find it the best writing tool ever.)