Switching to Scrivener and OneNote
So the experience got mixed — the writing portion felt harder (I know many people vouch for Scrivener, I just couldn’t get used to it) but I managed to fix my research portion by adopting OneNote.
As I began to use OneNote I began to wonder why not do everything in OneNote? Would writing feel odd?
For my second novel draft I switched to OneNote and changed my configuration in the following way
Final Configuration with OneNote
This final configuration turned out to be surprisingly productive in the following ways.
All my writing and research in one place — no more switching around
OneNote automatically syncs with OneDrive, so my writing is available immediately on my desktop, iPhone, iPad, browsers… made it so much easier to do work on the fly
I do other things beyond just writing, and some of that is in OneNote — so everything is in one place
I can move chapters around, which is hugely helpful in draft stages
Can draw! I tend to sketch to help in my writing
Yes, we can get word counts in OneNote, just use a macro add-in (I’ll show below)
So here’s how my OneNote writing is organized
My next book, The Wrath of God, is organized as a notebook by itself.
Within it are two sections
Meta — this is where I put all my research
Body — chapters of the book
First, let’s talk Meta. You can see all the “pages” on the right side where I capture my research and thinking. The beauty of OneNote is I can draw on the pages, and some of my work requires plotting via images, and I put that in the Imagery page. Great examples of this are the visuals of the geography of my setting and battle tactics.