I love talking about writing interfaces.
NaNoWriMo starts today, and one of the things that comes up every single year is users begging each other not to waste all their time choosing the perfect writing tool. I think there’s a lot of sense in that — if you’re not writing, it doesn’t matter what interface you’re not writing in — but the interface you choose definitely does matter. Typewriters make it difficult to go back and cross our your errors. Scrivener lets you separate all your work into movable chapters and scenes before you’re even come up with a first draft. That has to change the way you think about the story you’re making.
I bought Scrivener the first year I did NaNoWriMo, but even with my fancy writing software I did most of my writing on the backs of napkins and homework and half-filled notebooks I scrounged up from under my bed. What that says about anything, I’m not sure, except that pen and paper is an extremely stubborn interface and I don’t think it’s going anywhere.
What kind of writing interface do you all use? Do you find it changes based on whether you’re doing fiction or nonfiction? (I can’t stand anything fancier than Pages for fiction, personally, but I use Scrivener all the time for essays.)