Marie Phillips interviewed by Ben Johncock
"When I'm writing I have Scrivener across the full screen so I can't see anything else aside from the Dock. Even when I have some small window open, like TweetDeck, it slices off a bit of nephew. Scrivener is the black and white "S" on my Dock. My brother recommended it to me, he's always looking out for great Mac software and apps. I completely ignored his recommendation until another writer friend of mine, Robyn Scott, told me that it's brilliant. Apparently it was designed by a writer who was so fed up with standard word processing that he taught himself programming just so that he could create a piece of software that supports the way a writer works. Instead of having one long document, or several in different windows, you create a project area with pages you can view separately, as one document, as index cards you can move around, as a listed summary, as different versions side by side. You can have all your research in there as well, and it's got all kinds of other features that I don't actually use, like tagging sections with character names. It's completely changed the way that I write, as it allows me to see the novel as an organic whole, not just the bit I'm working on at any one time. The downside is that it can be a bit overwhelming to have all that information in one place. Sometimes I do just have to close it and write a bit on Word, so I can kid myself that I'm not writing A NOVEL. "