I started working on, for lack of a better word, a new book a couple of months ago. It’s a work of fiction set in a small southern city that is experiencing growing pains while trying to maintain the old class order of the south. So far there is envy, pride, greed, lust, racism, dirty business dealings, maybe the mafia and oh yea…..murder. Just another boring day in the old south.
Here is my problem, as I work through the story each night lying in bed waiting for the Sandman to visit me the narrative changes. And with each change, each addition or subtraction I have to scroll through 27 pages and 17,420 words to find the sentence, the character or the plot that needs to be rewritten. One important bit of information, I am using Microsoft Word (Windows).
I write when I have time, or better yet, when I have the creative motivation to write. But with each addition of a page full of words my frustration grows in crafting the story that I want to tell. Rather than being a labor of love, I scroll through the 27 pages and simply see labor. I am a very organized person, a “place for everything and everything in its place” kind of guy and right now, with this book, I don’t feel very organized and that my friends makes a very organized person feel anxious and frustrated. Anxious and frustrated, at least for me, isn’t a good writing space or vibe.
I know that there is software out there specific for book writing. A simple Google search uncovers a multitude of options, but I need help in narrowing those choices. If there is a writing software out there that is targeted towards old men that aren’t tech savvy, who have ADD, can’t spell, have horrible grammar and punctuation, a limited vocabulary and a tight budget let me know.
I can knock out 500 words or so in a flash. Heck I do it, once, twice sometimes three times a day on this blog. But for whatever reason, staring at that word count on the bottom left corner makes my mind wonder where all those words are and are they in the right place. I need a way to break those words down into smaller bites, set them on different shelves, so I can visit each and give them the attention they need. If you got any ideas or suggestions I look forward to getting them.