Which are you?
You know one of those annoying individuals who focuses on becoming the first to show off to the world a new technology or idea, believing it to be, “…the leading position….” (as defined in the Webster’s dictionary,)
This mind-set ran through my life like vinegar down a drain. Whether it was how to tie an Italian silk scarf, which laptop I bought or a new teaching strategy, my methodology remained the same, as if an ogre whispered in my ear, “Be the first.”
And it was fun. It’s exciting to cut at the edge of something new.
But, I got burned. For example: In the early eighties we bought an Osborne, one of the first portable computers. It had a 5 inch screen and a whopping 64 K. It used things called “floppies.” Big stuff in those days. We liked it so much we became official dealers for it. But the Osborne guys went bankrupt, and so did our zeal.
At work, I put my heart into implementing the “Whole Language” program into my classroom, only to watch the government legislate it, the parents revolt and then the government flip-flop. Of course I never threw away any of the old phonics oriented programs, because they work, but I didn’t like being roasted by the public for trying new ideas.
And then there were the suede hot-pants. Remember them? And the fluorescent shoelaces and leg warmers? Enough said.
I could go on. Don’t even get me started on software. My love for being “cutting edge” has waned.
So now I’m a “Late Adopter.” I like to wait (particularly with software) until the initial kinks are smoothed out and then I jump into the fray with everyone else.
Which brings me to Scrivener, a word processing software designed for writers. I’ve been hearing about it ever since I started writing seriously two years ago. It can do amazing things, but nothing that I don’t already do using other programs (i.e., One Note and Word). The advantage with Scrivener is that all the processes involved with a first draft (i.e., brainstorming, keeping research notes, story boarding, collecting pics and internet links, writing…) would be in one place. I like that. It also makes shuffling chapters easy. So I’ve been thinking about it for some time.
Then one of the writer loops I’m on (i.e., Guppies, Sisters in Crime) started talking about it and they sold me. I’ve downloaded the free trial and signed up for an intensive course with Gwen Hernandez which starts today. She’s considered an expert on the program, gives courses regularly and has written the book Scrivener for Dummies.
At this point I’m a dummy and a late adopter. I hope that it doesn’t end up being–just more work. I’ll let you know.
So how about you? Any cutting edge experiences you’d like to share? Opinions on Scrivener?