For those of us whom are illiterate when it comes to Microsoft Word, it seems writing software has become quite popular. While I’m sure it isn’t the standard norm, I’ve seen the tips it’s given me as helpful, and is slowly leading me into the right direction of formatting a novel.
But the question is, “Is novel writing software for you?”
The short answer? Probably not. Most “Generation Y” born children have been fortunate to grown up in the age of technology. The generations before those of us who didn’t have PCs, Electronic book devices and pretty much anything produced by Apple have probably been trained on personal PC’s from pretty much the womb. If you got a decent education, you also probably know grammar well enough to know what fits, and what needs correction. Microsoft Word is typically the go to word pad of choice on a Windows based computer. But what if you’ve never learned how to properly use Microsoft Word? I have to be honest, my high school years were a blur. ;p The skills I learned to write properly slowly took a turn the moment I began working at the age of 18. I didn’t return to college until I turned 22, and by then, I’d forgotten basic skills in English Composition. Now that I can no longer attend college full time(although I find time to attend each semester, even if I can only take one course)skills that were once fluent in me, have since then made a new home. Not in my consciousness! I’ve bought grammar books and taken online classes, but I know I’ll never catch mistakes like an editor can.
But I’ve researched many software programs that assist in giving you a novel ready formatted project. I’ve been using WriteWay(Think a less expensive Final Draft for novels) and while I know my work will not be perfect, it has been giving me great tips on how to format and write chapters.
It’s shown me how to check my word counts, and even lets me put in word count goals to meet each day. It’s actually kind of neat. I know anything i format will ultimately be at the mercy of a copy editor we WILL have to hire to clean it up.
But I’m just delighted that I can see my first chapter typed!