Are apps for writing a book handy? Do you have a tip?

I am a writer of the old stamp.Although I have been able to type blindly since my teenage time with speed of 220 attacks per minute, I prefer to write stories first on paper. Although my handwriting is not read (sometimes not even for myself). The advantage is that the memory is better processed (supported by various surveys) when you write physically.

Apps I have also downloaded… and removed.Keep from Google I use to save my ideas that always stand with me. Sometimes also some things in Google Drive, but most of it goes first in a note book and then digitally.

Why?Because on the phone types just can’t. It does not have a physical keyboard. If you do have a physical keyboard, it’s always a hassle to get everything active when you want to write.

A A6 or A5 writing booklet (lined) is always the best for me.I also use Stabilo Bionics (that are pens that are not stopped by the fatness of the paper).

I don’t use any apps to write.Maybe I should do that, but most of what I write I’ve stopped all my emotions in, and this doesn’t really work well with a writing schedule.

I write if I feel the need to write, if writing calls.What I do is really my personal technique, I don’t know if it will work for others:

  1. I write with my emotions and let it all out.

It’s not perfectly written, but it doesn’t matter.

  • I’ll let this writing piece rest here.
  • (days, weeks or months)

  • I read all the texts I have written and decide on the structure of my book (“The Big Picture”): I write a sketch, or, maybe I should say…. The skeleton of my book.
  • Then I add all the written pieces (muscles), and I connect them all together (nerves and veins), and then, once this has happened, I make it a bit thicker by adding all the last little extras.

    This may not be the most productive way of writing, but I do.

    Note that in your case I would first write a structured PLAN, I would write a chapter by chapter, based on the lessons I already give.

    As an example of what you should never do when converting a lecture or a lesson in a book, I would recommend ‘ Dark Ecology ‘ by Timothy Morton.Such a terrible book. Whatever you do, if you make sure you don’t do it like him, then you do it right.

    I downloaded some apps and programs.They offer some basic frameworks and start neatly that you can just as well set up and punctured with pen and paper. For me that works better because it feels more physical and more concrete. Make yourself a fun and use a fountain pen.

    There are also writing programs for your laptop which, like most programs, are tearing up with the features that you use, especially for extra work.

    If you are a writer who flourisses with fixed schedules to work out all the way and step by step, be my guest.For me, it feels like a straightjacket.

    So far, two of my books have really been published and marketed: Esotericism in understandable language (2015) and of the path (travelogues, 2017).Both I have written mainly on old, tried and tested ways: with pen and paper, and in Word. For me that gave the least hassle and most freedom.

    I have sometimes looked around to a good app, but found nothing.I have the impression that you will first spend hours and hours to learn how that app works. Then you can take notes about the different people, locations, structure and layout. Why do you need an app for that? It can also be on paper and is much more flexible. The only good thing about word processors is the spelling and the fact that you can search the text and change the name of a person at once. I think that writing is really on paper.

    What comes closest to paper and I think the best app is ColorNote (colornote Notepad Notes-Apps on Google Play ). With me without advertising and just hope it stays that way.You can write lists and loose texts. Copying an entire text is super easy.

    Frankly, an app to write stories with is a bit similar to cheating.A story, which is in you, will come out of it by itself. If it does not, it cannot be written down by you yet. I do not want to force that in my opinion either.

    There is an app that I sometimes use for large projects (white papers, books): Scrivener.

    It takes some time to discover all the possibilities, but it can also give you a lot.In Scrivener You can store and edit everything In one place. Archive your research, or make an overview of the characters that have a role in your (non-) fiction story, with scenes scrolling, etcetera. And there are handy templates that you can use directly, or adapt to your own wishes.

    Scrivener is M.I. especially useful for organizing everything and keeping an overview.I know some other (ghost) writers that work with it. Did it yourself in the past too and found it very convenient, especially to set up and keep the structure.

    But, and…

    So it takes time to set up Scrivener.As a ghostwriter, I often work with others in a document. Google docs is often easier-especially if the other has never worked with Scrivener.

    In short: Great app for a big project.Everything in one place saves a lot of search and helps to keep your focus. But yes, you have to make time for it first. According to me you can download a free trial, you can see for yourself if it is what you are.

    Good luck!

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