Goodness, I seem to have provoked a minor kerfuffle.
I should have been clearer - Scrivener is obviously the best writing program out there, and remains my firm favourite. It’s a fully-equipped workshop that’s fixed in place in your garage, where Dabble is a Swiss Army knife that you can carry around.
For the particular type of writing I’ve been doing recently - short stories - Dabble has worked very well for me, and I’ve loved the convenience of being able to work in a browser - nothing to install, nothing to synch, works on computers where I can’t install Scrivener.
For short stories all I need is the ability to organise a few plotlines with index cards, arrange their plot points into chapters or sections, and have places to dump general research and random thoughts. I managed to actually get something finished and enter the Literary Taxidermy competition last week, which is great going for a procrastinator like me.
BUT - all I needed was that simple project organisation, and just exporting to Word - I literally didn’t need anything else to get finished for a competition. So that was great, but for longer pieces, NO WAY. And if you need to export to anything other than Word, of course not.
For anything longer than a short story, I wouldn’t recommend Dabble at all. For capturing random ideas for a novel, I’m all for Evernote on the move, then get the ideas into Scrivener when I get home. And to organise the kind of complex plotlines that a novel needs, don’t use Dabble, use the Outliner in Scrivener.
But if you’re me, and you want to get short stories finished, yes, give Dabble a go. But only if you can get it cheap.
(I signed up for the free trial, then refused to buy it afterwards, then within two weeks they offered me three months for $1 a month. I don’t know if they still do that, but it’s worth a try. When I have to start paying $10 a month, we’ll see. It’ll probably still be worth it, just about, if it helps me get stuff done.)
So hey - it’s just another tool - it does something that Scrivener doesn’t, and I need that thing sometimes. I don’t believe it’ll ever be a Scrivener replacement, but that’s fine - I don’t believe Scriv will ever have a browser-based version either - they’re two different things.
While I’m banging on - if I’m going to list my entire writing arsenal I’d have to include a gem of a program called Asutype - it gives Windows the automatic spelling correction that I believe Macs might already have? Jeez, it speeds me up to have all my misspellings corrected automatically!
Cheers gang, here’s to whatever it takes to get good writing done.