So to delve into the subject of software a little bit further, I want to talk about three key processes or ingredients that are needed in order to create any type of book, especially your world-smashing graphic novel.
There are many players in the arena of word processing, the term for writing down your ideas, including a script. While there are many software developers vying for your attention and think their next great algorithm will write your script for you, there are really only a couple of serious players that I’m going to focus on. You can do some research yourself and see what else works for you, but I can only speak from my experience and I know what works for me.
Microsoft Word: The largest and oldest player in the word processing realm. Still my preferred method of writing scripts or prose or anything really. Word just has that familiarity and ease-of-use that I find convenient and comfortable with what I’m doing. They also really embraced the mobile technology end of the industry, which is a big plus. This means they have free apps for many of their popular Office software that I can install on my iPad and my iPhone. I also subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 service. This gives you permanent lifelong access to all the Microsoft Office software and lifelong updates for about $10 per month. If you’re just an individual user, you can actually get the service for $7 a month. I use the family option so that my loved ones can also use the service on their devices and all of my files sync across my Mac, Windows laptop, iPad and iPhone. This means that I can work on my scripts no matter where I’m at and they’re always saved and up-to-date when I go to another device. So if I’m grocery shopping and I get a great idea for a scene in one of my stories, I can wait until I get in the car (because I look too crazy talking to my phone in public) and simply turn on the Word app on my phone and type up the idea (or talk it out) in my existing script. When I save it, that new updated version will be the version that I can open and continue to work on when I get home and work on any of my devices. That new scene I just wrote in the parking lot of the grocery store will be there when I get home and open that part of the script on my laptop or my iPad. The other advantage is that Apple’s mobile devices have a function where you can press the microphone button and speak into the device instead of having to type it. I’m actually writing this book by talking into my iPad right now while I’m on the treadmill. This is one of the reasons why mobile technology is revolutionizing creativity. (And it why it will be the subject of one of my upcoming books.) More info can be found at Microsoft.com.
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