Where did I put that file? I know it is here somewhere. Nope, not in that document either. Now this is getting frustrating. It has to be here.
Oh! Hi there. What am I doing? I am looking for my list of names that I use for my novel series. But it seems to have wandered off and is hiding on my hard drive.
Something I am sure new writers have run into, and maybe even some not so new writers.
Regardless of the computing platform, operating system and word processor program used. No matter your filing system and how careful you are. Something gets misplaced. With two of us trying to ad bits and pieces to the project, we ran into a sharing issue and a permission issue. Any well meaning computer expert, pro or not, will be more then willing to tell you it is easy. Until we start laying out what we want to do. They try to help but what we are looking for does not work, and then the expert gets a puzzled look.
Oh dear, I am getting side tracked.
We looked at and read about many writing programs to help get our ideas into print. Started the project with what came with the systems we have, while we hunted around on the internet. Tried some demo’s, tried some free. You get what you pay for. Finally I asked my mentor, what he uses, and we checked out what he recommended. After we looked at the video how to’s. That was different, and read what we could find from the company web site. We took the plunge and purchased, yes I said purchased the program. Not as expensive as we were thinking. Now we have two, one for each of us.
Then the fun really began, transferring all the story material to this program. Cursing curve, I mean, learning curve? YES. Two books down and working on the third, and we are still smoothing out how to best use this program. Is it worth it. YES YES YES. The character list alone is worth the cost. For those that need a character sheet, with stats, background, mannerism, looks, bio, etc. You just might be able to create a character and his/her life without getting into the story at all. The same goes for the places sheets. With the places folder and the character folder sitting off to the side of your document, you can quickly look over and get the name of your town or supporting characters spelled correctly, check a location to make sure that is the right setting that you need, not sure if a character is left handed or right handed, open the character sheet and double check. Very helpful for a series, when the character was introduced in book one and you are now on book four.
Then there is the programs out put capabilities. You write with font and style that is comfortable for you, and when your done and have to submit, now the receiving end dictates how things should be. With more cursing, um, I mean learning, you get the desired results.
Ah! There it is! I found the list. Now why is it in that folder?
Oh sorry. Where was I, oh yes. Is this super program right for you, or just what you need. I don’t know. What you are using may suit your needs. So you ask what is this super writing program I am plugging.
Actually I am not really plugging the program but some of the elements that some writers worry about. The look of the trees, cars, buildings. What the man or woman look like, are they in this town or that town. All the stuff the crops up while writing, and all the stuff that can confuse not only the reader, but the writer as well.
I like to think of these elements as the little details that can make or break the consistency of the story.
Well, thank you for visiting and putting up with my rants. Oh. You, still want my super duper writing program. Ok. It is Scrivener from literatureandlatte.com
Thanks for visiting. Keep writing.