Having completed the requirements for NaNoWriMo, I received an email this week from a NaNo coordinator about "winner prizes." When I click on a link in the email, I go to a page where the sponsors offer some freebies and/or discounts for a handful of products. Most of these products appear to be software packages or technological devices for writers.
NaNoWriMo winners this year can have access to the following:
-A complimentary 1 year BiblioCrunch membership
-5 free books from CreateSpace
-50% off Scrivener writing software
-...and discounts from Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Aeon Timeline, Tinderbox, and copyediting services from Outskirts Press
Going through the "winner prizes," I think---Free stuff, yeah! Discounted stuff, yeah!
On the other hand, I also think--I'm really behind on the latest technology for writers. I haven't heard of most of these mentioned brands before.
It's me, not them.
I actually don't use a whole lot of fancy technology or software for my writing, if you don't count the occasional Google search for researching a topic. Being the back to basics kinduva writer that I am, I still do my work on an old school version of Microsoft Word.
I've heard of writers using Scrivener, and so I'm curious about whether this software program would make a difference in productivity and efficiency.
What program(s) do you write in? Do any of you use Scrivener? If so, how do you like it? Are you familiar with any of the other brands I listed above?