I’m not really one for making new year resolutions, fortunately I don’t have anything really to give up and I am more than happy to start my “resolutions” as and when they need to start throughout the year rather in the very dark, cold and generally horrid month of January.
However, January does seem a good time for me to set myself a target of writing two books in 2014. I have numerous books in my head and at the very early stages of work in progress and also a Star Trek related book which I am probably half way through writing. I started this book as it is something I know a lot about and something I can put a new spin on but due to the nature of the book, it is hugely time-consuming, much more than writing a fictional book.
I always find the hardest part of writing is firstly making the time to write and secondly, getting started with each writing session. Naturally when people write, they like to finish off a section completely and call it a day but this can mean that the next day or week when you next start writing it can be difficult to start off or you may even have totally forgotten what you were going to write. To get around that problem, as well as having chapters vaguely mapped out, I always finish a writing session by only writing half of the last sentence which over the years I have always found the best way to start writing quickly again.
However, none of this is possible with my current work in progress and recently I became inspired to write a beginners guide to WW1. The next few years will see repeated 100th anniversary of various events. Many people might be interested in learning more or perhaps they don’t know anything at all of this important subject.
Most history books for WW1 are very long and drawn out, understandably as it is probably the longest and most complicated war of modern times. I think this puts a lot of people off and many don’t want or need to know much beyond the basics and so that is the approach I’m going to take covering about 20 subjects.
I was very lucky and for a combined Christmas/40th birthday present received an iPad which is something I had wanted for years. So I have put Apple Pages on there and am going to try and write an entire book on a iPad. I have already found one or two surprises mainly because I haven’t used an Apple device before but I don’t foresee too many problems. I have always found Microsoft software to be both unyielding and overly complicated.
I wonder if anyone has any experience of any of the specialist writing software packages? You may have seen them on the internet, promising to make it easy for you to write a script or manuscript or novel. I’ve never used one myself but my hunch is that they are probably a waste of money. If you want to write, then write but I don’t think you don’t need anything more than a basic package. I’m sure Usain Bolt became the fastest runner from hard work and natural talent and not by buying expensive shoes when he was starting out. That stuff can wait and for writing a standard book I think I could get buy on something like notepad so Apple Pages such be fine. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Have you got any New Year Resolutions or do you have any writing goals set for 2014?