Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo 2016 - Step 4: Nitty-Gritty Steps

Here is where things get really nerdy!

As I mentioned in previous sections writing in Markdown is pretty easy and requires very little in the way of actual coding or additional work. You're free to just write the way you normally would using Markdown style codes to create the kind of formatting you need in whatever text editor suits you. The biggest exception to that is when dealing with chapter titles and creating a table of contents. These tasks go hand-in-hand, so I'm going to talk about them together.

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo 2016 - Step 3: Hands-On Tools - Text Editors

Okay, so we've already talked about why Plain Text files and Markdown is the way to go. I rambled on and on about the different gadgets I like to use when I'm writing. It's time to get into some specifics regarding the software I use, and if we're going to travel down that particular rabbit hole, we're going to have to talk about text editors.

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo 2016 - Step 1: Plain Text and Markdown

I skipped the idea part. That's usually born from a combination of insomnia, listening to far too many podcasts, and just paying attention to the people I pass on the street while going to and from work. So, we'll skip that and go straight to the writing process.

After years of fiddling with a variety of word processors, trying to find the perfect one that suits my needs, I eventually made the switch to writing in plain text using Markdown-style formatting. There are a couple of reasons for this:

Trigger Warnings?

So, you spend months or even years laboring on your book. You fill it with observations on life that might be your own, interject ideas or themes that horrify you, and add bits and pieces of your own life that are precious and sacred to you. You mine current events, overheard antidotes, dreams, fears, and slices of your own experiences in order to craft something new and speak to something you think no one else has said. It's not an accident when a writer refers to his or her work as their "baby," and like a proud parent, a writer imagines and hopes for their creation's future.