Creative Writing Inspiration
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2 – Write Offline to Get More Done Online
Social media marketing junkies like myself struggle with this one but if you are smart you go offline when writing a blog post. Otherwise, your mind goes in a thousand different directions, panicking about the others things you need to do online. Right now I need to do one thing: write this post, and do a tremendous job writing the post. That is what I do, offline.
I break the rule sometimes and get punished each time. Write offline. Calm yourself.
The author who creates a realistic thriller accepts human nature and the prevailing laws of the known universe as they are currently understood. The protagonist contends with a human adversary or against a situation that is credible. Readers are expected to remain within the boundaries of their own experience to understand what is happening. The story must be an engaging semblance to the truth. The writer is obliged to color within the lines, to keep the story credible, or the readers’ willingness to suspend disbelief is forfeit and the story may fail. A narrative may be presented as fiction, as the product of a writer’s imagination, but it reads as if it could or did actually take place.
As an author, you know the value of a good book review. It gives you confidence and courage. It tells you that your time and work were worthwhile. And it sells books.
But there’s another side to book reviews that may not be as obvious. When you take the time and trouble to write book reviews, you do good things for yourself, your fellow authors, and the world.
Why write book reviews? Here are five reasons.
The initial interface presented by Scrivener is relatively simple, showing a rich text editing window together with a structure pane to the left. The name of the item being edited is shown above the editing pane together with forward and back button so that you can skip back and forth between items like a browser.
There is a button bar across the top with view and search options and a status bar at the bottom which controls the viewing scale and shows the word-count and target. This simple interface hides a great deal of functionality, preventing Scrivener from appearing daunting to the novice.
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When you first open FreeMind, this is the screen with which you are presented (this is on a Mac, on Windows it adopts the Microsoft look and feel). There is a menu, a toolbar with usual Save, Print, Copy Paste etc with a vertical toolbar with lots of small icons.
In the centre of the screen is an oval with the word “New Mindmap” in it. If you type at this point it will replace these words with a title of your choosing, usually the subject of this particular map.
The opening screen (shown right) provides an insight into yWriter. You see the main project window with chapters arranged in the left pane and the description associated with those chapters in the panel below. The main panel has a number of tabs showing Scenes, Project Notes, Characters, Locations and Items. Clicking on a chapter in the side-panel shows the scenes, etc. for that chapter in the main panel.
The application presents itself with a simple, rich text edit window without formatting menus or clutter. It is focused very much on writing and the minimalist approach reflects this. There is a margin on the left hand side and prominent forward and back button on the toolbar.
Jer’s Novel Writer is a relatively simple word processor with extra features to support large creative writing projects.
I wrote this program to fit the way I write. More specifically, I wrote it to help overcome my shortcomings. It would be terribly presumptuous to think that anyone else out there faces the same obstacles I do when I write, but it would also be presumptuous to think that I was the only one in the world with these problems. So I offer what I created to make me a better writer, hoping that it will help others too.
This program is all about momentum, and reducing the number of things that break the flow when I am writing. Jer’s Novel Writer is designed to help me keep writing when the creative juices are flowing, and then find all the things I need to go over again when I am more in a nitty-gritty mood.
The software is called RoughDraft 3.0 and is produced by Richard Salsbury who is himself a writer. You can download the software and check out Richard’s writing on his website here. Unfortunately, Richard is no longer developing the software, but apparently it runs under Windows Vista and Windows 7, and personally I have found it to be extremely reliable.
What The Literary Machine can do for you
Creativity is not "connecting the dots" with a graphic program that weaves a web among them all over your computer screen. Creativity is seeing which dots are connected. In groundbreaking, ingenious ways, LM helps you do that. What makes LM different from other idea-generators? It doesn't pass off rote as thinking. Instead of showing you a generic list of logical formulas to wade through in hopes that one accidentally manipulates your ideas in some meaningful way, it works with your mind, illuminating connections and stimulating insight.
Free writing software designed by the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series. yWriter5 helps you write a book by organising chapters, scenes, characters and locations in an easy-to-use interface.
What's so special about yWriter?
I really struggled with my first novel because I wrote slabs of text into a big word processor file and I just couldn't make sense of the whole thing at once. No real overview, no easy jumping from scene to scene, nothing.
Next I tried saving each chapter to an individual file, with descriptive filenames, but moving scenes between files was a nuisance and I still couldn't get an overview of the whole thing (or easily search for one word amongst 32 files)
My last attempt to use Word involved saving every scene as an individual file - e.g. Chapter 01 Scene 01 - Hal Spacejock Gets a Job.doc. That was fantastic until I decided to move one scene three chapters ahead, and had to manually rename all the files. Then I decided to put it back again! I could never remember which of the 200+ files contained a note I was looking for either.
As a programmer I'm used to dealing with projects broken into source files and modules, and I never lose track of my code. I decided to apply the same working method to my novels ... and yWriter was the result.
I realise Word, OpenOffice and other modern word processors have outlining features, but they don't have snapshot backups to sequential files like yWriter does. Roll back scenes to where they were half an hour ago, or re-read a version from four months ago - yWriter stores them all, automatically.
RoughDraft is a donationware word processor designed with the writer in mind. For a more complete description, read the Overview.
Was an excellent free word processor for writers, from writer Richard Salsbury. It was his own project for years but it is no longer maintained as of 2009. Still a nice, simple word processor to work with.