When I was writing Ahead of Her Time, I used all the things. I Googled which platform was best, spent a bunch of money on Scrivener, never fully figured out how to use it, etc.
Now, I’m a firm believer in doing what works best for you, so this is just my experience. But in writing book two (which I’m still fondly referring to as “Untitled Spy Book”), I’m making things wayyyyy simpler…Like, so simple, I’m writing it in Google Docs. And I must say, it’s made the process simpler, too.
This seems super obvious, but part of the reason I wanted specialized software for book 1 was that I worried about the length of a traditional document. How could I find what I wanted without endless scrolling?
Duh! That’s what headers are for. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner. It’s made things super easy to navigate, and as a bonus, really breaks down each scene into manageable sections.
Furthermore, unlike Scrivener, I can rest easy knowing that Google Docs are externally saved and available anywhere. In the past, I dragged my Scrivener files to Dropbox, which led to duplicates and an inability to open the files on computers that didn’t have the software. Google Docs wins here.
Unlike Ahead of Her Time, I’ve decided to query this book. Depending on whether any agents bite, the final version will go to the higher-ups or, if I self-publish, I’ll transfer everything to Vellum to make it pretty and properly formatted before publication. Again, not sponsored, just trying to be helpful!
And there you have it. Yes, it’s 100% possible to write a book in Google Docs, though you may want some software at the beginning and end (Save the Cat/Vellum).
Good luck, and happy writing!