using software to help you write

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  1. MeiLin Miranda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I've never written on paper. Even when I was a kid, I used a typewriter. I just think too fast to get it down any other way; longhand frustrates me to the point that I can't think at all.

    "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
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  2. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I write mostly on a computer (because I can't read my handwriting within a few hours of putting it to paper), but I still do write on paper from time to time. There's something about moving a pen across the page that helps me think. These days, I often take my notebook and my iPod Touch to a restaurant and write over brunch, Sunday morning. First I scribble something on paper, then type it in to my IPT every few paragraphs. Once I get going, I usually ditch the paper and just type.

    As for software, I've tried most of the Mac tools out there, and found them all frustrating in one way or another. For Winter Rain, I'm currently sticking with Pages -- I've set up a template that has the same look-and-feel as the Winter Rain website, so it helps set the mood. For everything else, I use Circus Ponies Notebook, because it lets me keep everything in one place.

  3. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I only write on paper when I can't use a desktop PC, and I only write on desktop PCs if I can't use a laptop. It's not impossible for me to write on but it is slow and unpleasant, and I can't easily go back and pad out/correct things.

    Someday I shall have me a nice PDA of some description, and I'll be writing EVERYWHERE! ;)

    Regards,
    Ryan

  4. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Ryan, I have an Asus Eee (mini laptop)... it was cheaper than most PDAs, far larger screen and better specs - weighs just under a kilo. It goes everywhere with me, and gets used everywhere too :-D Something like it might be worth a look, in that someday. If we're not all using wristcomps with rollup kbs by then, of course.

  5. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    nomesque: The expensive new laptop whose case disintegrated on me within a year of use, which cracked both the motherboard and wireless card, was an ASUS. I won't be getting anything from them again.

    Anything I get in the gadgets department will be a handheld of some type that fits right in my pocket.

    Regards,
    Ryan

  6. Reyben (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I have... uh.. a computer of some description with a ...black?... keyboard?

    Reading this thread makes me feel like such a tech-dinosaur. I still wouldn't be completely comfortable claiming to have mastery over Microsoft Word.

    Although I did used to use a snazzy shiny Mac. Unfortunately, it rarely had enough memory to turn itself on in the mornings.

  7. Murazrai (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I do write in both paper and computer, since that I have to make a backup copy in case that my files are infected by viruses. In fact, I print what I type for the same reason.

    Chaos Fighters...the fantasy of the scientific magic.
  8. NiSp (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    well, yWriter still sits patiently waiting for me to add to it. which i do occasionally, after copy+pasting from MSWord. creature of habit i suppose... whenever i'm ready to write story (as opposed to notes and ideas), i still open Word.
    imagined random conversations or replies, character outlines, maps (of course) and any other plot ideas are usually scribbled on loose pieces of paper or in the closest notebook. i have a number of them...
    i like the idea of wristcomps with rollup kbs - when can i order one??

  9. Murazrai (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @NiSp - I have a special book for these things, despite that the first map that I made is in an A4 size paper. I also build up elemental list and spell chart, which helped a lot in my novel.

    Chaos Fighters...the fantasy of the scientific magic.
  10. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    My two biggest tools on the Mac are the already mentioned Scrivener, and WriteRoom, though iWork '09 supports full screen mode in Pages, so WriteRoom may be going away. Maybe. WriteRoom is more of a necessity -- I need distraction-free writing, and if I'm on my Mac, WriteRoom is the way to go. Scrivener holds every little detail for a story, from a plot summary (one point on a card) to little bits that make the world run (notes on places, character intentions that haven't been factored in yet, bits of culture, and so on).

    If I choose to go out and write in the library or in a coffee house, I have a little Palm TX and wireless keyboard one of my co-workers gave me. It's nothing special, but it does what I need it to do.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  11. Vulpine (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    In my own case, I attempted to use Scrivener and absolutely hated it! Instead, I use Pages to do my actual writing, then transfer it into MacJournal to maintain and upload my segments. MJ allows me, similar to Scrivener, to mark in a variety of ways the chapters and segments I've uploaded or done other work on, but the copy in MJ is strictly a copy; I do all my formatting and actual writing in Pages.

  12. sandrafowke (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I'm a Word or Open Office girl all the way and no way would I even try with paper and pen (my handwriting is atrocious). I find most novel writing programs off-putting - I mean they're fun to play with but when it comes to the writing I find them distracting. Better just to write the thing in my opinion *laughs*.

    First Serialized Web Novel - Not with a Bang This is how the world ends...
  13. MeiLin Miranda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I think Scrivener works for me because I can make it imitate the way I think--both hierarchical (outline-driven) and holistic (big hot mess o' words) at the same time. I find it easy to switch between the two modes, and easy to move stuff from one mode to the other.

    "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
    http://www.meilinmiranda.com/
  14. Tahjir (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I write by hand, then copy it to Open Office a few days later. While it takes a bit more effort, you do manage to catch a lot of errors, and it forces you to go over every sentence twice. Other than that, just Photoshop. Lots and lots of Photoshop.

    Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy
    http://hangarninetysix.wordpress.com/
  15. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I'm another one with atrocious handwriting! I use Word - that's about as far techno it gets for me :)

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