I thought it might be of some interest, to at least a few people, if I gave some insight into just how I write.
I don’t write according to rules, for one thing. Now and again, an idea pops into my head. If I can, I’ll jot it down somewhere. It may be a general idea, or it might be an actual section of writing. Not all of these bear fruit, and some do so only after some years! The most significant thing in how I write is that I never know where a story will take me! I find story plans just don’t work for me, personally. I’m more like a reader, or maybe an explorer: I like to be led by the writing, into new places and situations, often without warning. Don’t get me wrong! I usually have a general idea of what I want to achieve with a story, what it’s generally meant to be. I just don’t sit down and map everything out in advance. I guess I just like surprises LOL!
I use Jutoh as my writing tool. At first, I used WordPress, creating a post for each chapter. This proved too limiting, especially in terms of formatting. I don’t mind writing in HTML but having to switch from the visual editor to the HTML text editor every time I needed to insert a wide “time lapse” spacing between paragraphs was a pain. Also, the formatting didn’t port well from WordPress to other tools. Jutoh provides a far better environment to work in, and it is possible to use styles that can be amended easily, causing everything using those styles to be altered with minimum effort. Also, it allows me to use shortcut methods when writing, so that words with special characters can be typed in plain letters and they will automatically be changed to the correct characters.
In addition to Jutoh, I use OpenOffice. This freeware package provides a platform for creating manuscripts ready for submission to Smashwords, for publication. At one time, I tried using it to master the manuscripts but, while it may look right, some things just don’t reproduce correctly when being converted. Plus, of course, it doesn’t produce the range of ebook formats that Jutoh does!
Another task I hate is proofreading! Unfortunately, it’s also something that can’t be ignored. I have learnt to proofread each chapter as I go, now. Trying to proofread a whole novel would just drive me mad, Unfortunately, I can’t afford to pay anybody else to do the proofreading for me! The thing I have to keep in mind is the fact that one thing I detest in books I buy, is the sheer number of typographical errors! I’m determined to prevent the problem with my own works, to the best of my ability.
Well, that’s it for now. I’d love to hear from anybody who finds any of the above interesting!