Wednesday, July 3, 2024

IWSG - July 2024


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are
JS Pailly, Rebecca Douglass, Pat Garcia, Louise-Fundy Blue, and Natalie Aguirre!

Question: What are your favorite writing processing (e.g. Word, Scrivener, yWriter, Dabble), writing apps, software, and tools? Why do you recommend them? And which one is your all time favorite that you cannot live without and use daily or at least whenever you write?

I'm a huge fan of Scrivener because of its organizational features. I can have everything relating to my story in the file, within reach. I upload my copies to Google Drive though years ago I used DropBox. Anywhere is good as long as you can access it from whichever computer you're using. Some people even open it directly in DropBox.

But I also use Dragon. I know it's not a "processing" tool but it is a writing one. The difference is that I can dictate. Which spares my hands, something I'm struggling with at the moment. And I beat NaNo one year in 11 days using Dragon. There are many other programs available now, some specific to Apple products.

I've heard some people say they hate having to say "open quote" or "closed quote," etc. But guess what? AI can do all that for you! Get some kind of voice to text software, tell yourself the story, and then have ChatGPT or Claude or whichever you want to use, do all the grammar stuff!

I think it's brilliant!

But what do you use?

And to Americans, Happy Independence Day tomorrow!

And for everyone else, Happy Fourth of July tomorrow (everyone gets that day)!


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