So I paid for a copy of scrivener on the mac app store tonight. I had been evaluating it and broke down tonight. Anyway, I still had the $50 apple gift card that I got when I bought my iPad, so it was essentially free. It does what I had tried to do by individual files when I first started writing. I was writing one chapter at a time, each in its own file. The problem with this was that when I needed to make a global edit, I had to edit every file. It became unworkable.
A while ago I had loaded what I have written of Urtaru book 2 into it. It has a neat feature of allowing you to write scene by scene within a chapter. There is also a character folder, which allows you to essentially create a character including descriptions (like a bulleted list). This would have been great when I was writing book 1, as I was keeping an informal list of characters to keep my ideas about them straight.
I did notice that it had a template for an APA style report. I’m not willing to mess with that in the middle of this semester, but it had all the standard research formats (which I didn’t know before I bought it).
Anyway, back to research on affordances and mental models.