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  1. Thanks Marguerite, I, too, writhed in the outer darkness for many years. I once saw a cartoon, I think in the New Yorker, that showed someone being guided through writer hell--depicted as a cavernous room of people chained to their computers. The next frame showed the same picture, with the caption, heaven. The difference? Heaven contained the published writers--still chained to their computers. Really just a different kind of hell.

    The biggest difficulty for me at the moment is discipline--after writing to deadlines for years, I now have the freedom to take my time and there are invariably so many more interesting things to do than write.


  2. Hi Christina, the cringe referred to the title and, actually, the cover. Really irked me that both main characters are physicians, but the female looks like Barbi and while the male looks like Ken he is at least dressed in surgical scrubs. Don't get me started on an earlier cover--although I'd be glad to rant without much arm twisting. I also dislike the simplistic/lowest common denominator titles although I'm told the marketing knows what sells. My first book had the very high minded title: A Degree of Compromise. Ended up: The Doctor Delivers. I was teased unmercifully.

    Good luck with the NaNo book, I know several people who are doing that.

    Janice


  3. Take a read through the Procrastination Station in the Writer's Lounge. It might give you a few ideas, or drive you completely out of your mind.

     

    -Thoth.

     

    BTW: I notice that you post quotes and replies to those quotes separately (one after the other). Not that it matters but is there any particular reason for that?

     

    no reason, just not familiar with forum--and somewhat challenged technically.


  4. Hi everyone, thanks for the welcome. Marguerite you're right, Supers are longer (apx 300 pages) than say Harlequin American (apx 250 or so) although TPTB have been shaving word length in the last year or so. Harlequin has many lines, each with a different feel--no pun intended. Supers were/are considered more mainstream and often have fairly intricate plots and subplots and more than two viewpoint characters. Okay, this is probably far more than anyone wanted to know. Is everyone writing fiction? Is there a place to check out bios? Probably so (she said, answering her own question) I'll take a look around.

     

     

    I'm looking forward to using Storyist, quite excited about it in fact. May be the cure for my current state of chronic procrastination.

    Janice


  5. Feels a little lonely at this time of night, but I'm stopping in to introduce myself. I've written nine books for Harlequin's SuperRomance line, the most recent one (cringe) The Baby Doctors hit the shelves last October. I'm now working on a longer, more mainstream book--what I'd intended to write several years ago when I took a romance detour. Also do some freelance writing, including travel and teach fiction writing at the local college.

    Best to all,

    Janice


  6. Well no, not a typewriter--just Microsoft Word on a variety of different Macs over the years, most recently a MacBook. By nothing fancy, I just meant that I did all the formatting, kept track of notes, storylines etc. without any sort of system other than what I devised myself. I storyboard everything on sheets of paper, redoing them as I go along, working towards major turning points.

    I did end up buying the Storyist software though so we'll see how it goes. Nice to have a forum of other writers to talk to. What does everyone write?

    Janice


  7. Soon? Right now I think Steve has his talented hands full just getting me my bookmarks.

     

    But I'm curious. You say you don't use any "fancy" software? That would pretty much eliminate any high-end word processor. So what do you use? A (**shudder**) typewriter?

     

    Frankly, I feel Storyist is still worth your serious consideration even without an iPhone app. It neatly solves the problems associated with thorough note taking and progressive ad hoc development without much distraction from the actual writing. For me and many others this is vital. I would also point out that, if you are writing a series, the more books you write the more data you will need to keep track of.

     

    A Storyist Enthusiast,

    -Thoth.


  8. I am trying to decide whether to buy Storyist, like some of the features but I've written nine novels without any sort of fancy software and I'm not sure I'd use all the features. BUT...just logged onto your site and saw the post about iPHONE. That truly could be the clincher. I've had an iPHone for a month now and I love it--especially the yellow note pad feature. I do exactly what you've described, make notes while I'm in bed, then I e-mail it to my computer so it's ready for me in the morning. No lost, non transcribed notes, no ink blurred by spilled water. Is this really going to happen? Soon?

    Janice


  9. On March 6, 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone Software Roadmap. Basically it talks about how easy it's going to be for developers to put their applications on the iPhone and iTouch. If you want to see the presentation just go to Apple.com.

     

    So why am I mentioning this here? I'm thinking about Storyist for the iPhone. Crazy? Maybe. Surely nobody is going to want to do a lot of typing on such a little device. But: I've typed on the iPhone and, surprisingly, it's not uncomfortable; also, a little bit of (advanced) software to convert voice to text could solve the typing problem altogether.

     

    How many times have you been in bed sleeping or on the road (or sleeping on the road) and suddenly had that perfect solution for a story problem. Why, you'd just whip out your laptop, right? But which are you more likely to have at hand; a laptop or an iPhone?

     

    Every so often you could sideload (i.e., transfer files between connected devices) your Storyist file from your iPhone 2.0 to your Mac. An automated function could keep the devices in synch.

     

    Too far in the future? Storyist 5.0 maybe? Maybe not. Reach for the stars, I say. Even if you miss the stars you can still grab the moon. Or a rainbow.

     

    Still waiting for bookmarks,

    -Thoth.

     

    BTW: According to c/net news the good people at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have $100,000,000 dollars to invest in iPhone app company start-ups. Who will be the first with a cellphone WP? Could it be Storyist Cell Inc.? **hint**hint**

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