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Characteristic: Become the Apple stereo type of writing a novel on a MacBook in Starbucks
Out of all the stereo types we get about Apple users, maybe none are as consistent as the one who writes a novel on his MacBook in Starbucks. A few years forward, and I have a 110,000-word technical thriller that can be unleashed on an innocent audience. I had an original novel concept years ago, but I had done what almost everyone does when they have an original novel idea: nothing at all.
There seemed to be too great a gulf between an original concept and a finished novel to think about, especially if you had to combine it with work for a livelihood. It is a straightforward and efficient concept. When everything goes according to schedule, you awake on December 1 with 50,000 words of a novel.
50,000 words aren't a novel - they usually begin at about 80,000 words - but it's a big part of one, and once you've done that much, the chance to finish the script, albeit at a slow tempo, doesn't seem discouraging. It can be a solitary life, especially if it is what you do for a livelihood anyway, so there is an additional component: what NaNoWriMo calls'write-ins'.
Bunch of folks assemble in cafés and make a mixture of conviviality and writing. A whole café full of folks doing the same thing at the same moment is amazingly motivational. Soon I learnt how difficult it was to design the novel in detail before I even knew a thing or two about it.
As a technology enthusiast, I thought there must be some software to help with the design, and there was actually a Mac application named Scrivener. Scrivener back I checked in 2013, but the tl;dr release is that it is an application caused for authors by someone who really does understand how authors work.
A scrivener screen is a collection of maps or Post-it memos on a cork board. Final product is a novel in construction-shape. Once you are willing to begin writing, the maps turn into a document (chapters, scenarios, which is the most suitable for your novel) and you do it.
Scrivener will help you to keep everything you can relate to in one place. I used to have an unsanctified jumble of screens from different applications on my screen: research memos and characters in memos, web pages in Safari, photographs in preview (handy when you' re flying an Airbus plane, for example), a table with the novel's layout in Excel and the script itself in Word.
Combining Scrivener with a large display enabled me to open everything in a unified application in a unified one. To have a detailled schedule and write every workday means you never start a writing meeting that stares lonely at a page that is empty: you can start typing on the keypad in seconds.
In the subway, at the front desk queuing to see someone, even waited for the boiler to cook..... all the idle times became writing in. Retaining my Scrivener file (which is actually a cloaked RFT folder) on Dropbox, I was able to synchronize pure text with an iPad application named plain text.
This name gives a small hint that the application only processes text data, but has a big benefit over a traditional word processing program like Pages or Word: It has the same side bar to display the overall layout of the novel. Though I mostly used to write sequential, there are days when I realized that I had to make changes that used to happen.
After I had finished a first sketch, I no longer had to show my memos or pictures next to the song I wrote, so my MacBook 11 took over the tasks of the Coffeeshop. What was Apple's most elegant engine before the new MacBook, I was this Starbucks-stereotyp.
A lot of things have also been done on my MacBook Air. I' m using a time capsule, cabled dongle for a second time machine back up, drop box and manual storage of my work on a dongle at the end of each writing meeting. To write a novel is one thing, to publish it is another.
I had a bad idea with a known spy and decided on a technique that ended up as a kickstarter projec. In the meantime, if you want to try the Kickstarter and see if it will sound like your novel, please do so.
He is known for his op-eds and diaries, in which he explores his experiences with Apple software over the years to get a complete overview. And he also wrote literature, with two techno thriller stories, a few SF short and a rom-com!