Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 6: help?

Day 6: Help?

I'm irritated by Liquid Story Binder already. That took a long time, didn't it? I used it for almost a whole week.

The trouble with LSB is that it takes a lot of time and effort to sort out where to drop everything. I have the story, I have the first drafts of the other three books in the series and half a second draft, I have around 10k of supporting material...

Actually, on second thoughts that's over 20k of supporting material. I forgot that I can count the stuff I wrote last year as well. So, 300k of drafts and 20k of supporting material. At the moment most of it sits in yWriter because... well, it's there, it's reliable and it's free. Really, the only things I want to change about yWriter are to have keyboard shortcuts and to have a pretty background on the full-screen mode.

Okay, and the ability to key my way through scenes while in full screen.

Unfortunately, I just can't make any of the available software packages do those things. It bothers me far more than it should, so it's probably some kind of psychological issue related to my oft-stated conviction that my entire creative paradigm is wrong...

I'm sliding into the abyss of Doom and Gloom again, aren't I? Any advice on how to avoid that, internet?

Well, there's always Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal. The combination of unicorns, Blind Guardian and plenty of explosions is always cheering.


  1. I know how you feel about all these word processors. It'd be really nice to have a word processor for every type of writer, but as every writer looks for something different, I think that'd be impossible.
    Personally, I've tried just about every program I could find, and none of them really truly work for me, except for maybe Scribener for Windows. But even that program got a little obnxious at times.
    Best of luck with your writing and finding a good writing space. :)

  2. I know. It gets irritating. Sometimes, I find that the best approach is just to simplify. A lot of the time, I just do my writing in a simple text editor, and paste it into Scrivener later. No software is ever going to be perfect. :-P

  3. I've switched back to writing in FocusWriter and pasting my progress into yWriter whenever I get around to it. So that I can change things and keep everything synchronised, I've reached back into my training as a web designer and changed passages get marked like this: /* ... */

    I guess that should be my next blog post.