I’m a very visual thinker. I also have a very untidy mind. Scrivener is very complicated and does a lot of stuff I really don’t need. It’s also geared toward non-visual thinkers.
Comparing the two products forced me to ponder how I think and EXACTLY what I need writing software to do. I came up with:
- the ability to move the pieces of my book around easily, like puzzle pieces
- the ability to upload/download from/to Word
- help with plotting and time lines.
And that’s really it. Anything else is embroidery for me and carries the risk of becoming overly complicated.
What I don’t need:
- outlining. The only way I can outline is after the fact. I just don’t think that way. Being able to see the pieces and move them around is essential.
- software so complicated people make a living teaching other people how to use it.
Initially I had to copy-paste what I’d done previously into Dabble. That kind of put me off, but I was so in the weeds I was desperate. It turned out to not be all that onerous. Hopefully Jacob is planning to implement the ability to upload from Word.
I am very intrigued by the plot grid. It seems ideal for my visual mind. So far I’m having trouble grasping it, but I’m only dealing with it as an after thought once I’ve met my daily word goal. I’m too busy drafting chapters to focus much on it right now.
I’ll use all the Help resources to learn how to use the grid, but I know I’ll get stuck sooner or later. Part of why I went with Dabble is because I already know Jacob’s got my back on the learning curve.
To be honest, once I get that plot grid figured out (I’ve set up a separate plot grid called Timeline for tracking when story events happend) I’ll be good to go with Dabble.
My only hope is that it doesn’t get too complicated over time. That looks unlikely. So far Jacob’s been busy improving and implementing by popular request.