So the editing of the second Tabard Cain novel, THE SEER AND THE MADMAN, is going well. I’m in the proofing stage, which means I’m having my MacBook read the book to me. This helps me catch tons of mistakes — such as when I type “choose” for “chose,” or “loose” for “lose.” Having the book read to me, even in a computer-voice, also helps me catch unwieldy sentences. I actually enjoy this process. Not only do I get to experience my book in a new way, I get a thrill with every mistake I fix. However, as fun as it is, I have no interest in spending my entire day editing.
So on Monday, I’m going to start the third Tabard Cain novel — THE CITY OF SPIDERS. And for this novel, I’ve decided to use a different app. I began writing in Microsoft Word, switched to Apple’s Pages when I bought my first MacBook, and then switched to Scrivener. I have a love/hate relationship with Scrivener. I love the binder system it uses, but hate almost everything else about it. There are too many bells and whistles. Too many things you can play with. Too many distractions.
So for this novel, I’ve decided to try out Ulysses III. It has everything I love about Scrivener — a “binder” system, a full-screen view, and the ability to tag your individual scenes and chapters — but without all the distractions that drive me nuts. To help me get used to the new software, I’ve bought David Hewson’s Writing a Novel with Ulysses III. I read Hewson’s book about Scrivener and learned a lot, and so far, I’m enjoying this new one, too. I’m pretty excited to start working with you Ulysses III, and I’m even more excited to start writing Tabard Cain III.
(Didn’t see the III connection until just now. That wasn’t planned.)