Tools and Toolishness

screwdriver pictureSo, Scrivener for Windows was just released. Scrivener is a writing program for Macs which is immensely popular and used by hundreds of published authors. Since I use Windows machines, I’ve been out of luck to even look see what it looks like until last night. But I’m impressed. The Windows version is “early Beta” which means I discovered several bugs already, and the final release is not planned until January or February, but even at that, it is a nice piece of software.

I’ve also tried using Liquid Story Binder, which is very cool…in an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink-kind-of-way, but which is not as well loved or used (Sorry, Jesse, it’s true).

Mostly I’ve used, though, is  a combination of Word and Microsoft Onenote to keep track of characters and events and outlines. Onenote could be very, very good…but not quite setup for writing in terms of storyboarding and such.

Now that I’ve bored you all to tears…here’s my point: tools are good only insofar as you use them to do other stuff. Playing with them, thinking about them, waiting for the newest and best to come out, designing around them is all foolishness. Tools are made to be used to make or do or fix things. Not to be collected, obsessed over, fiddled with or whatever.

Which tool you use matters, of course, but not so much as actually doing the work. One may be easier, another may be more elegant, a third could be more powerful, but it’s all for naught if it’s not actually put to use. It’s far better to choose a tool and use it than to whimper and fidget, tremble and vasillate over this and that and never do anything.

This goes for whatever your hobby may be. Or whatever your religion. It’s one thing to be about, another to do and engage. It’s one thing to collect and plan and dream, another to drop the dreams and just make due with what you have and get something done.

I’m for the latter.

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