KaeNicole Presents: Before the Chemistry | Axel SNEAK PEEK + Tips for Scrivener

Start from the beginning

I've had my fair share of trials in this crazy world of writing, but I've come an extremely long way from a million pieces of loose leaf paper and notecards all over my bed and spiral notebooks filled with notes and my writing. When I first started writing on Wattpad, I didn't have much of a plan as far as keeping track of my thoughts and story ideas. All I had was a spiral notebook, a pencil, and Wattpad.

I would write out my thoughts on a thousand pieces of paper and use Wattpad to store my stories until one day one of my chapters got eaten due to me working on more than one device at a time. Losing over two thousand words was a nice wake-up call to figure out a way to back up my works on another platform.

I started using my google drive to store my stories but when I tell you I was doing it the complicated way, I'm not lying. I worked hard to create something that my OCD driven brain would accept as sufficient but I wasn't ever really satisfied. It worked for me for the most and I never had any issues with lost work after that, but it just felt like something was missing.

I was more organized than before, but if I'm being completely honest, I was still all over the place. I'm not much of a planner in general and since my system wasn't very appealing as far as planning went, I just kind of went with the flow. My stories were what I'd like to call neat messes.

You know, those messes that don't pose a huge threat, but are still pretty annoying to acknowledge? Storing my stories in google drive was like having a bunch of piles of paperwork on a table and while they were all sorted, they still didn't quite have a proper place to be in the filing cabinet yet.

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I was working hard to figure something else out when I started writing my novel for CampNaNo (www

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I was working hard to figure something else out when I started writing my novel for CampNaNo (www.campnanowrimo.org) in April 21018. I researched so many programs for both my phone and computer until I stumbled across a program called Scrivener. The reviews were amazing and after combing through their site, I was pretty sure I was going to buy it.

When I completed CampNaNo I found out that the company behind the Scrivener was actually sponsoring camp and was giving half off of the software for the campers that completed their goal. I took this as a sign that I HAD to have it, and I pushed hard to meet my goal.

By May first, I was buying my very own copy of Scrivener for half off and it has been one of the best decisions I've made for my writing since deciding to finally post my work on Wattpad back in 2015! The possibilities of this program are endless and it makes the task of writing and staying organized so much easier than before.

If you've ever read any of my stories on Wattpad, you may have noticed how details about characters change throughout the book. I mean, I've basically given a dude rainbow eyes before because I couldn't remember what color I'd set for them to be in the beginning. I couldn't find the right details in my google docs and because it wasn't easily accessible, I just went with whatever color I was feeling at the time.

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