I’ve just read your replies to my question. What a store of knowledge you folks have. I hope you’ll let me ask you for more detailed answers based on what I’m trying to accomplish.
I would like to get through a rough draft of this book fairly quickly. There are three reasons for this. First, I’m in a slack period in my work. I’ll be able to devote a lot of time to writing between now and next February. Then, I will be completely tied up and unable to write (17 hour days, lots of energy-sapping conflict, etc) for at least 4 months, perhaps 8 months. Second, the book is somewhat topical and needs to be finished and sent to market. Third, I am going good and I don’t want to lose steam.
As I said in an earlier comment, I have a 50 page outline which I’ve organized and divided up into groups of main concepts in Scrivener. I also have topics for research, each in a separate file, which I’ve been plowing through one at a time and storing in Devonthink.
I’ve found that the research inspires more outlining, which I’ve been adding to the concepts in Scrivener.
The approach I am considering is to go through the research concept by concept and put it in the research files in Scrivener which correspond to the concepts in the outline. Then, I plan to start hooking it altogether in a draft. This assumes that I’ll be going back and forth, doing what works as I do this; it’s nothing more than a general plan.
Now the question: Would it be productive to put the info for cites in the different pieces of research in Bookends as I move them into their respective files in Scrivener?
I wouldn’t want to try to put in endnotes or build an index while I’m writing. I’d block myself for sure doing that. All I want to do when I write is write. Maria has the idea, except I plan (right now, all of this is just thinking and guessing) to just write without even making notations. I can make notations and connect it to the research in the files when I read back through it when it the first draft is finished.
After I get this draft, I thought I’d move it to a word processor to polish and put in the endnotes/index, using the cites that are already in Bookends.
Is this a workable plan? More to the point, does it sound as if it’s something that someone who’s never produced a book-length manuscript could do?
Thanks again for your replies. They are very helpful.