Well, here I am again, trying to learn software when I should be writing. A little background: I bought Storyist two years ago, after spending hours and hours reading the reviews of all the choices available. (I'm very selective. I try my very best to get the right product). I can't explain exactly why I finally went with Storyist, except that it was based on a feeling, simply a hunch. A lot of it was because of this forum and the admiration for Steve.
After the 'kicking-the-tires-and-then-buying' stage I was excited to get going. I am 68 years old, have never really learned how to use a word processor, but really, really had the urge to write... now .... finally .... after putting it off for all these years. Before the memory is totally gone, or worse, before I am gone. I played around with Storyist as soon as I got it. But ... well ... I didn't get it. So I chalked it up to my age and lack of technical know-how. So I put it aside for awhile, rationalizing that I first had a lot of research to do on my imagined historical fiction novel. So I spent a year researching, and then tried playing around with Storyist again. Same result. I was not getting it. By now, I'm sure you know how this story ends. Yes, it's another year later and I am once again motivated to write - and once again attempting to "get Storyist." There is one difference this time: I'm not at all sure I really want to get it anymore; it just doesn't seem to be worth the time. Despite the posts I've seen that say essentially, "Okay, I got it. What a dummy I am."
It should not be like this. I am not a dummy in other respects, why with this? I am sure everyone in this forum agrees that the process of writing is hard enough, without writing software making it harder still. And we also know of the numerous posts herein that say the same thing. Why, to offer just one example, is there still no instructive video to make things just a bit easier for us visually-oriented types?
I don't want to waste any more time .... either knocking Storyist or anything else. I want to be productive. I want to write. I want software that is the digital/electronic equivalent of a typewriter, without a typewriter's limitations. I do not want writing software that boasts every "feature" under the sun, or is extremely "flexible," or knows more than I do, etc, etc. I want writing software that makes it easier to write, not harder.
I won't attempt to list specific problems, even though you and Steve and others will have the right to scold me if I don't. And I don't even want to throw Storyist out the window ... not quite yet. I am simply hoping that someone can convince an old codger like me that it could still make sense to use Storyist all stripped down, without the bells and whistles, simply to write. AND ... at the same time to use something like Circus Ponies' Notebook to keep track of characters, ideas, notes to self, etc. (I just reviewed 'Notebook' online and it looks pretty nifty. Of course, I felt the same way about some writing software once)
Okay, enough jokes and enough ranting. I apologize if I've been too sarcastic. But, after all, I know I'm not the only one who's a bit frustrated. Seriously, I do hope that you, Marguerite or Steve, or anyone else who reads this, can suggest a workable way to work with Storyist (in conjunction with, or without, separate note-taking software) that will allow me to be more productive when I sit down to write. I realize that goes against the grain, it's probably a conflict of interest for you, etc. But, I don't know how else to reach out. If you do choose to respond, please spell things out for me as if talking to a child. Because apparently, when it comes to this software, that's what I am. Thanks so much for your patience.