With fall comes NaNoWriMo and here we are in September. So fall is in the air, sort of. The leaves are falling off the trees but I think that is probably due to the extreme heat and minimal rainfall. Yes, that time of year is almost here. 66 days away, in fact. I tried Camp NaNo in July but I discovered that July is not a good month for me to dedicate to writing 50K words. After the shingles attack, I backed off of some of my activities.
I am going to attempt to do NaNoWriMo again this November. Last year was my first attempt and I made it. That novel is still in edit mode. The book I ended up with was nothing like what I was aiming for and I’m still trying to come to grips with that. Some of my characters totally changed and some disappeared. It was a strange experience. I am going to plan this one like I did last year but I’m going to give my characters free reign instead of trying to mold them into what I think they should be.
So what I want to talk about today is how I do my writing on Ubuntu. If you are a writer and like using Linux distros like Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, etc.... there is hope. I hear many people say that they need Microsoft Office to do their work (groan); however, you can now successfully load Office on Ubuntu or you can use their free online version on any distro. I prefer Libre Office (and apparently now the Italian military does too) but many people these days are also using Google Docs which can be accessed on Linux OS.
I used Scrivener last year for my NaNoWriMo project and it worked well for me. There were a few problems I had with it like portability. I also use Evernote a lot for my general writing and notes pertaining to our other websites. It has excellent portability but I would love to have an “undo” button. I’ve lost a lot of work in the past and since I don’t pay for the top level, I don’t have access to my note history.
So for this year, I’m going to try a new piece of writer’s software called FocusWriter. So far I’m liking it a lot but I will give you a more complete critique in a week or so. I want to give myself plenty of time to find all the issues before I commit a large piece of work to a platform that doesn’t work well for me.
Well, that's it for now. I've been scarce lately due to my work on the online computer science classes that I'm still building. I'm hoping to have those done by December. That is if my brain doesn't completely seize up in the process.