Something I haven’t written or spoken about on social media recently is how I’m going with my book. And that’s because the answer is I haven’t done anything at all on it. I kind of want to blame software problems, but it’s also kind of unfair of me to blame the software when it’s me that doesn’t suit it, rather than the software being technically “bad”.
The problem I have is that I tried to write in a specific piece of software (Scrivener) and it’s only installed on one computer. When I get home from work I don’t always use that computer, so I never really open it, I never look at it, I never get a chance to be in the flow of knowing where I’m up to in the book. I need to edit in sections right now – to shuffle things around and get a feel for the progress of the book.
You see, I have about 17,000 words. But they’re all over the place a lot of it’s disconnected stories. Which is fine, as to some degree the book will be like that. But I still need to find the thread the interconnects things in the best way, because then I’ll know where the gaps are and if I need to fill with more words. Or if I should take some stuff out of it! I need a rudder, to go all nautical on you.
Without knowing where I am I don’t know if I’m adding value or adding pulp filler stuff.
This weekend just gone, I finally had my weekend off (after five straight weekends of moving related hell) and I started googling cloud based alternatives to Scrivener. I’m currently trialing something called novelr. I’m in the free trial phase and only set it up on the weekend so obviously I don’t have a full review of it to give to you today, but so it far seems good. Basically cloud scrivener.
The main thing I found in looking for long form cloud writing software was make sure they let you export it at any time! It’s amazing to consider, but some don’t let you! So please be aware of that; you could get your work trapped in a platform an only exportable in a non editable format (eg epub or whatever it’s published in).
I would still like to publish the book in 2018. Moving somewhat unexpectedly has obviously put a little bit of a dent in how I’m going to pay for editors and fancy “little” things like that, but that’s not a reason to stop creating, stop editing it or generally stop working on it. Of course, I did start a Patreon if you want to help get it into a publishable state!
I also still get torn about how to release things. Because I don’t end up reading eBooks. I download them and put them on the kindle app or books app on my phone… and then I never look at them again.
It’s one of those things where “they” say stop thinking about what you do and thinking about what your clients do. So, hello client! What do you do?
Do you read books on a computer screen/digital screen of any kind? Do you prefer physical books? Or are you a minimalist and physical books are worthless clutter to you? Or am I procrastinating writing and editing the book by asking you these questions? FYI – the last question has an answer that is highly likely “yes”.