Scrivener and revising

I am currently working at adding at least one new subplot to The Cauldron Bound.  I am having a great time, and the story will be *much* better. But I am once again wondering how on earth I revised before Scrivener.

I am a linear writer. I begin at the opening and then I write all the scenes I am aware of.  This leaves me with a first draft that is more or less stable.

When I began to revise ( which took a couple of years), I wrote new scenes on paper and typed them in. Then I had a period where I basically used the first draft as an outline.    Which went faster, ironically, than writing new scenes on paper and typing them in.   ( Though I am not certain if the drafts were better.)


Is so much more flexible.  If I discover a plot hole  I just have to add a new text and write the new scene.  Need to add a chapter?  Just add click on add folder, and it is there.

For example, when I write new scenes, from a new POV, I prefer to create a seperate folder, write the scenes and then slot them into the proper places. Which is  the closest I come to writing out of order.  Scrivener lets me do that.  It is so easy to add new scenes. And I am planning to add a lot of them.  ( At least 10, probably closer to 15.)

Something to remember:  The first draft of the Wild Hunt? Was 22 000 words. The second was 27 000. The third draft, based on Kari’s feedback was 39 000 words.

This draft?  As of yesterday, it is at almost 21 700 words. And I am far from done yet. I am aiming to add another 5-7000 words. I have a feeling that after Kari’s feedback, not to mention *editorial* feedback, it will be at least as long as the Wild Hunt.  And to think that this was a  simple and straightforward novella. To be fair, the plot is still rather straightforward.