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.
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:
I haven't spent much time sharing my thoughts here on my website in the past few months, so I thought I'd come back and talk a little about my experience participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2015.
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.
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I"m sure you've played the "desert island game," right? If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island and could only bring one movie... which movie would you bring? Which CD would you take with you? What book? Why?