Tolkien, artist

Learning Curves

There are some interesting benefits to signing up for NaNoWriMo, one of which is the opportunity to test-drive some writing software and, if I like it, to purchase it after November at a reduced price. I had already been checking out a trial version of Scrivner, which I liked but which had a steep learning curve for me. (I'm just a writer, usually using MS Word or Open Office to put my words to screen, not really setting up larger pieces.) After reading through many of the offerings that would work on a non-Apple PC, I decided to download and try a program called WriteWay. Now I'm playing with the program to get used to it before November 1st.



As with most writing programs, you can append research, links, pictures, outlines, etc to help develop the book, screenplay or textbook. After yesterday's questions I decided to start putting together an outline of chapters, POV's and timelines - just really quickly on paper. Looking more carefully at it and the timelines, I already realized some issues with the timings and am already looking at a second timeline and entering chapters, scenes and plots, etc into the program to help me not miss my milestones. I'm also going to put pictures of my main characters up because it can sometimes be helpful to have something to look at.


I realize that the actual writing may, will, and can often choose its own path. I'm fine with that because there is every possibility that new themes will play around the main theme and, in the long run, both will be strengthened. But I also want to have something on November 30 that will not just have a word count, but that can also be worked into something that might be publishable after revisions and additions. That's my goal.


Maybe I should change my name? Hurricane Sandy is barreling towards the East Coast of the US and many of my on-line friends may be affected by her towards Samhain. New York, Boston, and the entire northern part of the East Coast will be affected as we move towards mid-week. I never thought that a hurricane whose name I share could be such a potential problem for so many people I know. So I'm hoping she'll be as contrary as I sometimes am and veer off on a different path.
I'd not heard of Write Way. I use Scrivener and the more I use it, the more impressed I get. It looks like Write Way does pretty much the same stuff. For me, as a writer of historicals, I find it so useful that I can have all my research in the same place. The feature I'm getting to like more and more is the target setting. I just love watching the red line turn green as I get closer to my daily target :)
I like Scrivner too. I think once I get used to working with one program it will be easy to switch mind-set to another because they are quite similar. I'll use WriteWay for NaNo and then continue to look at Scrivner. Either way, I've wasted more money on bad CD's or movies than these two programs, so I'll probably end up owning both of them eventually.

I like the idea of target setting. That would be a fun thing.

- Erulisse (one L)
I committed an afternoon to working through the interactive tutorial, and it was time well spent. I could see straight away which features were going to be useful to me and which ones I'd leave.
I was never able to slice more than a 30 minute time away to work with the tutorial, my life can be totally crazy and the little bit of uninterrupted time I have has 10+ things hanging onto every minute *sigh*. I really want to do that because I agree that it would be extremely valuable.

Right now I'm flying on the seat of my pants and the user manual with input from tech support for some odd questions. Fortunately they are very good at answering my queries quickly.

- Erulisse (one L)
There's also a cold front dropping down from Canada, sweeping east over the lower lakes and that does not bode well. *crosses fingers for all her friends back east*

Re: Writing. I've been using Write It Now for years; I don't like their latest version for personal reasons (chapter break ups drove me batty) but it's not a bad software and does run on older Windows OS's.


This one is mine, Version 3. Version 4 is much different.
http://www.ravensheadservices.com/screens_v4.php
One of my good friends uses Maple and loves it. I really like both Scrivener and WriteWay so far, there is a lot that they can do that makes me very, very happy. What you have here might work really well on my older computers, though, so I'll look at that if I find I need to use one of them. Software has come so far since the days of DOS - LOL.

Thanks and *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)