Meanwhile, I have spent a lovely day/evening in front of the computer, answering her occasional emails while she does all the work, languidly messing about on LJ and playing with computery applications like ... SCRIVENER.
Scrivener: is totally amazing!
If you use your own languages, you need this program!
If you forget what secondary characters look like, or where you've mentioned them, you need this program!
If you write incredibly detailed paragraphs interspersed with paragraphs that read (Stuff Happens Here), you need this program!
Basically, YOU NEED THIS PROGRAM! (Unless you're strange or efficient. See details below.)
( The benefits of Scrivening: Review on Day 1 )
In short: if you are a windy, scribbly, OCD type of person like me, or religiously keep some sort of story bible (see what I did there), this program is the bomb.
If you are a more organic start-to-finish writer, or only writing something relatively short, I'm not sure I see any great benefit. BUT GUYS. FOLDERS. WITH PLACES AND CHARACTERS AND ALL SORTS. HOW CAN YOU NOT.