Word-makin’ talk

rmzyzrgeominqun2qwgaWriterpeople:  what software do y’all generally use?  I know I’ve got some fans of Scrivener out there, which despite several tries I’ve never really been able to get into; anybody use anything else that I need to know about?  I came across this article on Lifehacker the other day that led to me downloading a bunch of new programs to try out (including Fade In, a screenwriting program– I have a secret desire to write a screenplay for some reason; maybe that can be a side project this summer) and I have completely fallen in love with FocusWriter.

Dudes, I wrote four thousand words of fiction today, and it wasn’t even difficult.  That’s not unprecedented– I did nearly twelve thousand during the closing days of NaNoWriMo several years ago while under deadline pressure, and once wrote a thirty-page paper in three hours flat in grad school– but to get four thousand words done in a single day when there is no pressure whatsoever to perform is so unlike me as to be faintly alarming.  Other apps do the same main thing FocusWriter does; it blacks out the entire screen, letting you choose a theme (I have basic white text on a black background; you can choose other colors or even use an image as the background) and hides its entire UI so that all you can see is your text on the screen.  Awesomely, it also has a setting to make freaking typewriter sounds when you hit keys, which– for me, at least, which may be a sign that I’m moderately nuts– is weirdly, insanely rewarding.

Anyway: point is, BA 7 is done, meaning that all I have to do is finish BA 6 and do one last edit/polish/clean-up run on the entire thing and then The Benevolence Archives, Volume 1 is ready to be unleashed unto the world.  Which is awesome and terrifying all at the same time.   Hell, I’m on such a roll I may see if I can finish 6 tonight.  Why not, y’know?

I love productive days.  ISTEP starts tomorrow so the rest of the week is going to be obnoxious and stressful; I’m glad today wasn’t.  How are y’all?

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Luther M. Siler

The author of SKYLIGHTS, THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES and several other books.

10 thoughts on “Word-makin’ talk

  1. I use Word.

    I used to prefer WordPerfect, rather strongly in fact, but I gradually stopped using it because of the lack of Unicode support. Which is a shame, because it’s still the better program, especially for the kind of writing that requires notes and references, indexing, etc.


  2. Word. I also carefully structure my files so I can find anything really fast.

    On the selfpublish yahoogroup, the big issue isn’t the writing software, but the way you convert your files for uploading, since everybody ends up having to convert their working files, no matter the format, into something else to get the cleanest load.

    Truthfully, the only real software you ABSOLUTELY NEED is your brain. Everything else is an optional flavor.


  3. I usually use Evernote, simply cause I use it for most of my note-taking, so I’m used to the organization of it and the interface. Plus, I like how it’s on the web, and I can access it from anywhere.

    But from your post, FocusWriter sounds pretty darn awesome! 😀 Haha, I’ll have to give it a try.
    I wish I had more productive days in terms of writing. >.<;; Honestly, I feel like what's stopping me from writing as much as I want to is I'm scared that I'm going to end up with something crappy in the end D: Haha, I need to get over this 'fear'. ^^;

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  4. I’ll have to try FocusWriter. I’ve been writing the really old fashioned way (pen and paper) for the first draft because there are so many distractions on a computer. It’s just too easy to…oh, shiny!


  5. I’m very backward. I use Word, QuarkXPress and a couple of programs for ebooks. I never heard of FocusWriter. It sounds interesting. Is it expensive?


  6. I swear by FocusWriter. It’s so wonderful to be able to block all the shiny distractions from the Internet. (Though I do switch the typewriter sound off.


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