The software gods must have heard my prayers. Scrivener released a beta for Windows, and although it doesn't have all the features of the most current Mac version, the software is impressive. Project templates are included for various types of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting as well as miscellaneous and blank templates. I've been using the short story template and find myself using the text view more than the corkboard or outline views as I'm free-writing. I anticipate using the other views more as I edit.
What I like most about the software:
- Research, character and setting sketches, outlines--basically everything that goes into my story--can be kept together as a specific project.
- Scenes can be described in notes, and it's easy to move the scenes around or simply exclude them from the final compilation.
- The snapshot feature allows you to capture a version of the manuscript before you start making changes, so if you don't like what you've done during editing, you can go back to the un-mucked-up version.
- The search feature makes it easy to find specific parts of the manuscript.
I've hardly touched upon the software's features. For more information, take a look at this introductory video.