Tuesday, January 29, 2008

weekly writing coach: the anti-Word

I know, you curse your writing tools. You used to hit your typewriter and rip pages from it, you throw pencils and pens at the wall, and nowadays, you curse your software. I'll indulge you this week with two writers raving about giving up Microsoft Word for Scrivener, software designed by a writer. Here's Steven Poole's post, 'Goodbye, cruel Word,' describing his departure from Word, and a followup by Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. Both work to give you the feel of working with the software through their words, and egg you on. Before you decide to make the move, this week, write a short essay of praise (faint or otherwise) for your current writing tool--no more than 500 words, in the medium of your choice.

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