Writing and tools

This year I plan on doing more serious writing.  I am working on two short stories this one and this one.  I will get those expanded into short stories and get them posted up.  I have been invited to be a guest author on another blog so I think I’ll try my hand at writing short stories there as there is currently no topic limit for us.

To this end, I will try to use some tools to help me organize my stories better.  Typically I’ll just start writing and see where it goes.  This can make for some interesting stories but not really great stories.  The first thing I will use is a Timeline program.  There aren’t a lot of free ones out there but the one linked in the previous sentence is nice, simple and free.  Sure, any spreadsheet could be used but I like to have the basics all setup and I just have to plug in the details.  Hell, that’s what technology is for….taking care of basic needs to free us up for more enlightened pursuits :)

I also use Evernote quite a bit. Stupidly useful and what is awesome is that it just works across all platforms.  I can just as easily use it on my Galaxy Tab 8.9 as I can on any web browser.  If you have windows(and most do) you can install the Evernote program and use it without having to go into a browser.  Although, I tend to find the browser just fine I just haven’t gotten into the habit of using the program on my netbook.  Might be a good thing as I’ll probably be installing Linux on it soon any ways.  What is great is that on my netbook, I can just ‘share’ anything I find directly to Evernote.  With an add-on extension, you can do the same in a web browser as well.

Given that “Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000; Novels range from 55,000 to 300,000 words.”, my Harmony story already has about 1500 words, so I’ll see how I can work that but I suspect I still won’t hit past 30K of words.

So, wish me luck!


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