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Cutting a novel - which software makes the ultimate edit?
Cutting a novel - which software makes the ultimate edit? It' s been a long while since I last wrote about the advancement of my novel, but it still comes and presents new issues that need to be resolved through the use of software, scent cartridges and all that. This resulted in a 90,000-word text that is full of inspiration, but huge and inconvenient.
While Scrivener is not inexpensive, with its organization features and various pin boards, it seemed to be the best software for the task. Splitting the rough text into sections was much simpler than I thought; Scrivener lets you create a huge text block and then divide it into blocks with a few mouse clicks. What's that? Then I hacked my novel into the scene, made a portfolio for each section and felt awfully happy with myself - until I realised how many things had to be rearranged.
I now have about 30 empty chapters and all my genres in one long listing. But also the devastation is a kind of advance - I keep saying this to myself. The editing is a much more technically advanced part of the editing experience than typing, and it's not as much pleasure to make all your thoughts go off on a page.
I have also erased about 18,000 words (I have been seriously taken with the description of some places) and left huge loopholes that need to be filled with new, interesting materials. But if I don't work in the order of time, it can be difficult to find my river.
While Scrivener has its own small, straightforward desktop application, FocusWriter is still the best place to be ingenious. As I see his trusted, slightly kitschy backdrop of sapphire (I've never altered it from the default), the idea starts to come much easier. Or it could make the room feel like a herb after shave, and my novel will end up in a dystopic hair salon.
One way or the other, it'll be something new. Catherine Ellis turned to technique to start writing her first novel. Track their advances in their Sculpt Fiction columns.