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Discovering new writing tools

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If you are a plotter-type writer like me, then you must be using some tools to organise and structure your writing. If, like me, you also don't have space to accommodate a whiteboard in your living room or pin things onto your walls, you must be doing most of your organising digitally. Here are the most useful softwares/devices I've discovered in the past year. I have used these with varying degree of success.

Scrivener (Literature and Latte)- helps you structure your manuscript into sections. It is like Word's Outline on steroids. I have academic and writerly-type friends alike who are singing evangelical odes to Scrivener, swearing it changed their lives.

Also, Interwebs are infested with confessionals, like this one, or this one, or this one - which are all testament to Scrivener being actually used by real people who write. 

Pros: free 30-days trial; cheap license; can extract to Word in fancy format; easy to use

Cons: limited editing options (unless I just haven't f…

Identity Crisis

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Strong or not so, cultural (whatever that means) or linguistic, identity can also be in the state of crisis. Mine was definitely so for the past few years.

Am I an academic who also writes fiction?

Am I a writer of fiction, yet to shed its academic identity and fly free?

Pretty ironic dilemma, since I argued in favour of hybrid identities in my doctoral thesis.

To triumph over this crisis, I've been going the way of partial division of my digital identities. I use different names when I publish my creative work and when I do anything academic. I have now separated my blogging and Twitter (though I have more followers as a writer than I do as an academic. Does this mean something?), I use different email alias... This split persinality prolifiration is fun, makes it easier to focus, but it's also mind-altering. I had to drop my caffeine intake all together to slow down my brain.

I'll keep you posted on how this experiment on identity division going. In the meantime, my…