Showing posts from September, 2014

Discovering new writing tools

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

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…