I recently blogged about yWriter and it’s usefulness for working on larger works. This is still true and I would still recommend anyone to have a look at it. However, in my case I have stopped using it and here is why.
I’m using it as a reason not to write.
What I have realised, after reading a particular chapter in Heather Seller’s book “Chapter by Chapter” is that this is one of my ‘should’ reasons for writing. She describes how some people write on a ‘should’ basis; I should write more, I should write this book to impress xyz, rather than just writing for it’s own sake.
In my case it was, I should use software for larger works. In this case, I found myself doing the usual thing of being more interested in the software than what I was actually writing. I can see the benefits of what the software provided, but I’m just not getting words on the page. I’ve blogged about this before, and taking my own advice i have taken the story I had in yWriter and put it back into Microsoft Word.
Should I ever get on to another tangent about a particular piece of software, please remind me of my own advice. All you need is either basic word processing software or pen and paper. Just get the words down.