Understanding Subversion checkout result?
I am contemplating shifting from CVS to Subversion (SVN). I tried a test import from my CVS repository to a new SVN repo. Then, I checked out my work into a test work directory. The results I got have me wondering if SVN is really going to work for me.
First, I'm not a code developer, I'm a writer. In my home directory, I have a directory called writing. In that directory there are further divisions: ~/writing/fiction/, ~/writing/ideas/, ~/writing/support/ ...and so on. I usually work in one directory per story and a novel has several directories to cover those tidbits of information I collect that don't go into the novel.
However, in the test SVN checkout directory, I have a totally different picture. Instead of seeing my work, I'm greeted with a chaos of tags and branches. Some of my work is in the trunk directory and some is scattered in tags or branches. Is this right? Is this the way SVN works? I saw FAQ topics fretting the .svn directory, but none that addressed my concerns: why my work is spread across this chaos?
In the meantime, I wonder if there's some other tool out there that would be better suited to helping me track edits and changes in my work. Expecting responses that cover the editing abilities of most word processors: I don't use them. I work in simple, beautiful, plain text (and then bring in the big guns: LaTeX!).
Thanks in advance to any SVN or CVS afficionados or other writers who see this and take the time to reply. This community is my favorite place to come for answers.