Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why yWriter5? Organization!

yWriter5 is a free word processor that allows you to build your novel in scenes, which can then be arranged (and re-arranged) into chapters. I began using yWriter5 last year, during the re-write of my second novel, Mirrors & Mist. I turned to yWriter because my story had multiple POV characters and flashbacks to different time periods. Though I understood the story I wanted to tell, the order in which to present it was unclear. I was cutting and pasting in Word, using multiple files, cross-referencing with Excel, reading and re-reading, and feeling adrift.

I'd heard of both Scrivener and yWriter5, and they sounded similar in what they offered. Since yWriter5 was a free download (with options to donate), I tried it first. Because I haven't yet tried Scriviner, I can't do a comparison, but I can tell you that yWriter5 is an excellent tool at an unbeatable price. It definitely helped me organize my novel and I plan on using it for my next book.

What is yWriter5?

yWriter5 is a standalone application for Windows PCs. It doesn't need an internet connection (data is stored on your hard drive). yWriter was designed and programmed by Simon Haynes, who has years of computer programming experience and is the author of a science fiction comedy series. Mr. Haynes insists that the program contains no ads, unwanted web toolbars, desktop search programs, or other bloat-ware often found in free software, and I can attest to that assertion, having found none of these after several months of using yWriter5.

http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html

What does yWriter5 do?

At first glance, yWriter5 may look overwhelming, but you can pick and choose how much detail you want to add to your project (novel), and build in more as you become familiar with the program. Setting up a project and adding scenes and chapters is quite easy and intuitive. yWriter5 has a quick-start guide and a full manual, so directions are available if you need them. I've outlined some of the main features of yWriter5 below:

A brief overview of getting started in yWriter5:
  • Set up your novel (i.e., 'project').
  • Add chapters to the novel.
  • Fill the chapters with scenes.
  • Identify your scenes with characters, locations, times, items, and other details.
  • Record a scene's goal, conflict, and outcome.
  • Re-order scenes within chapters, and chapters within a project, with automatic chapter renumbering.
  • Add more scenes and chapters until your story is complete.
Other yWriter5 features:
  • Scene, chapter, and novel word counts.
  • Graphical storyboard view.
  • Word usage counter.
  • Problem words search tool, including user-defined words.
  • Scenes and word count display for each character.
  • Custom synopsis and scene reports.
  • Daily progress log file, with words per file and the total.
  • Automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
  • And more.
Why do I like yWriter5?

yWriter5 helps me organize my thoughts and ideas by allowing me to create bare-bones/placeholder scenes and assemble as many pieces of the story I have ready, while making it easy to find these partial scenes and chapters to add material as I think of it. I'm able to build a structure and then fill it with prose as creativity hits me.

Have you ever been writing a chapter and had an idea pop into your head that would be great to add to another chapter? yWriter5 makes it easy to locate the proper placeholder for this rogue idea and then jump back to your writing in no time flat.

Is yWriter5 a must for every writer? Absolutely not, but if you struggle with some of the issues I've mentioned herein, or think some of the features may be helpful to your writing process, it's a great tool and worth a try.

Author Update: I'm re-reading Mirrors & Mist and polishing the text before I send it back to my editor at the end of the month. I have four chapters left, so I'm close. In March, I'll began finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream while trying not to spend the entire month watching March Madness.






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February 2014

yWriter5 is a free word processor that allows you to build your novel in scenes, which can then be arranged (and re-arranged) into chapters. I began using yWriter5 last year, during the re-write of my second novel, Mirrors & Mist. I turned to yWriter because my story had multiple POV characters and flashbacks to different time periods. Though I understood the story I wanted to tell, the order in which to present it was unclear. I was cutting and pasting in Word, using multiple files, cross-referencing with Excel, reading and re-reading, and feeling adrift.

I'd heard of both Scrivener and yWriter5, and they sounded similar in what they offered. Since yWriter5 was a free download (with options to donate), I tried it first. Because I haven't yet tried Scriviner, I can't do a comparison, but I can tell you that yWriter5 is an excellent tool at an unbeatable price. It definitely helped me organize my novel and I plan on using it for my next book.

What is yWriter5?

yWriter5 is a standalone application for Windows PCs. It doesn't need an internet connection (data is stored on your hard drive). yWriter was designed and programmed by Simon Haynes, who has years of computer programming experience and is the author of a science fiction comedy series. Mr. Haynes insists that the program contains no ads, unwanted web toolbars, desktop search programs, or other bloat-ware often found in free software, and I can attest to that assertion, having found none of these after several months of using yWriter5.

http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html

What does yWriter5 do?

At first glance, yWriter5 may look overwhelming, but you can pick and choose how much detail you want to add to your project (novel), and build in more as you become familiar with the program. Setting up a project and adding scenes and chapters is quite easy and intuitive. yWriter5 has a quick-start guide and a full manual, so directions are available if you need them. I've outlined some of the main features of yWriter5 below:

A brief overview of getting started in yWriter5:

  • Set up your novel (i.e., 'project').
  • Add chapters to the novel.
  • Fill the chapters with scenes.
  • Identify your scenes with characters, locations, times, items, and other details.
  • Record a scene's goal, conflict, and outcome.
  • Re-order scenes within chapters, and chapters within a project, with automatic chapter renumbering.
  • Add more scenes and chapters until your story is complete.
Other yWriter5 features:
  • Scene, chapter, and novel word counts.
  • Graphical storyboard view.
  • Word usage counter.
  • Problem words search tool, including user-defined words.
  • Scenes and word count display for each character.
  • Custom synopsis and scene reports.
  • Daily progress log file, with words per file and the total.
  • Automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
  • And more.
Why do I like yWriter5?

yWriter5 helps me organize my thoughts and ideas by allowing me to create bare-bones/placeholder scenes and assemble as many pieces of the story I have ready, while making it easy to find these partial scenes and chapters to add material as I think of it. I'm able to build a structure and then fill it with prose as creativity hits me.

Have you ever been writing a chapter and had an idea pop into your head that would be great to add to another chapter? yWriter5 makes it easy to locate the proper placeholder for this rogue idea and then jump back to your writing in no time flat.

Is yWriter5 a must for every writer? Absolutely not, but if you struggle with some of the issues I've mentioned herein, or think some of the features may be helpful to your writing process, it's a great tool and worth a try.

Author Update: I'm re-reading Mirrors & Mist and polishing the text before I send it back to my editor at the end of the month. I have four chapters left, so I'm close. In March, I'll began finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream while trying not to spend the entire month watching March Madness.






Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pinterest Ideas for the Indie Author

For this post, I'll assume you're familiar with Pinterest. If not, no worries, I don't judge, check it out here and then come back. This is not a tutorial, rather an idea-dump from a one-man brainstorming (and idea-borrowing) session.

Pinterest has been called a lot of things, from a virtual bulletin board to an image-based social media platform to a glorious waste of time. I also consider it a free organization tool for indie authors, and I'll tell you why.

By allowing you to 'pin' online images to one of your 'boards,' Pinterest can be thought of as a collection of bookmarks identified by recognizable images. You can create as many boards (topics) as you like, designate them as public or 'secret' (for your eyes only), and fill them with whatever type of pins (linked images) you choose.

I'll use my Pinterest site as an example, but the possibilities are endless.

  • Organize your resources with boards for different topics - history, reference, tips, advice, info-graphics, etc.
  • Show imagery from your writing as you envision it, providing readers a peek at how you see your settings and characters by pinning pictures that remind you of your vision.
  • Save your favorite public domain and royalty-free photographs for future use in your blog, book covers, projects, etc.
  • Create a board with links to every store and website where your book can be purchased.
  • Populate a board containing things you enjoy, as if it were a visual author biography.
  • Use 'secret' boards to prepare works-in-progress until they are ready for release or to collect offbeat ideas you're not sure you want to go public (yet).
  • Make a 'wishlist' or 'bucket list' board for events, goals, activities, accomplishments, etc.
The above are just a smattering of ideas I've toyed with or imitated from others, but I'm sure you'll have great ideas of your own, and hopefully this helps bring them to fruition. As always, please share any ideas you have or that you may have seen. I'm always fascinated by the creativity of others.

Carol E Wyer is a Pinterest-savvy author I follow who also has a lot of great pinning ideas. Check out her boards for more concepts, or different ways of implementing ones I've mentioned.

Author Update: I'm working on the final chapter re-write for Mirrors & Mist before I send it back to my editor. My internal goal is to complete this milestone by the end of February, then switch to finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream. I'm also working on cover ideas for Mirrors & Mist as well and trying not to become a social media hermit. Busy, busy!


February 2014 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title February 2014, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Pinterest Ideas for the Indie Author
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February 2014

For this post, I'll assume you're familiar with Pinterest. If not, no worries, I don't judge, check it out here and then come back. This is not a tutorial, rather an idea-dump from a one-man brainstorming (and idea-borrowing) session.

Pinterest has been called a lot of things, from a virtual bulletin board to an image-based social media platform to a glorious waste of time. I also consider it a free organization tool for indie authors, and I'll tell you why.

By allowing you to 'pin' online images to one of your 'boards,' Pinterest can be thought of as a collection of bookmarks identified by recognizable images. You can create as many boards (topics) as you like, designate them as public or 'secret' (for your eyes only), and fill them with whatever type of pins (linked images) you choose.

I'll use my Pinterest site as an example, but the possibilities are endless.

  • Organize your resources with boards for different topics - history, reference, tips, advice, info-graphics, etc.
  • Show imagery from your writing as you envision it, providing readers a peek at how you see your settings and characters by pinning pictures that remind you of your vision.
  • Save your favorite public domain and royalty-free photographs for future use in your blog, book covers, projects, etc.
  • Create a board with links to every store and website where your book can be purchased.
  • Populate a board containing things you enjoy, as if it were a visual author biography.
  • Use 'secret' boards to prepare works-in-progress until they are ready for release or to collect offbeat ideas you're not sure you want to go public (yet).
  • Make a 'wishlist' or 'bucket list' board for events, goals, activities, accomplishments, etc.
The above are just a smattering of ideas I've toyed with or imitated from others, but I'm sure you'll have great ideas of your own, and hopefully this helps bring them to fruition. As always, please share any ideas you have or that you may have seen. I'm always fascinated by the creativity of others.

Carol E Wyer is a Pinterest-savvy author I follow who also has a lot of great pinning ideas. Check out her boards for more concepts, or different ways of implementing ones I've mentioned.

Author Update: I'm working on the final chapter re-write for Mirrors & Mist before I send it back to my editor. My internal goal is to complete this milestone by the end of February, then switch to finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream. I'm also working on cover ideas for Mirrors & Mist as well and trying not to become a social media hermit. Busy, busy!