Writing Technologies: 4 Websites I Love, 1 Website I Tolerate, and 1 Website I Want To Murder

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Well, it’s official. I have become old. Settle down, young’un, and listen to me bitch about this newfangled writer technology. Writer-specific software! Graphic design! Grammarlys and Dropboxes and writing in the cloud! Next thing you know, authors will be obsolete because brain-scanning cyborgs will be writing all our fiction using templates designed by teenaged nerds. Back when I was coming up, we had to write with wood-encrusted lumps of lead,…


How Tech Controls My Chaos

Monday, May 21, 2018

In life, I’m inseparable from my cell phone, but when it comes to writing, there is one program I can no longer function without: Scrivener. I love this program to bits. I’m a non-sequential writer, and I spent the first ten years or so of my writing life struggling with endless Word docs. This goes back to the days when a full manuscript wouldn’t all fit on one 3.5″ disk…


Social Media for the Memoirists (Or… “Aren’t I naked enough already?”)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This week we’re writing about technology, and wow, Crystal nailed just about every tech tool that can help you keep your otherwise-unruly in-process novel organized. And Amy put up another hilarious-yet-not-hilarious post about what it’s like to write in this political climate (oops, I think that was a bit of a spoiler). Anyway, I thought I’d put my usual (somewhat whiny but always real) memoirist tilt on things. When I…


Authoring in the Modern Age (Or … How the fu*k did books get written before?)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Authoring in the Modern Age I often imagine writers in the pre-internet, pre-social media, even pre-electricity age, and I am filled with sympathy. I simply cannot understand how anyone got anything done before computers came along. As the sun set and the quill ran dry, there was no option but to go to bed and get a really good night’s sleep. Up with the sun and seated at the salmonella-saturated…


Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

Monday, February 27, 2017

This week the Debs are writing about technology. What do we use to help our writing, what couldn’t we live without? What do we love and hate about technology? How do we use social media? Do we stress over it? I have written a zillion articles on social media since I work in community and social media for my day job, so I’m going to skip that and talk about…


If I go to jail, blame my search history …

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Every time a criminal investigation uses computer searches as evidence I cringe. When I’m writing, Google is always with me, and I look up the most bizarre, disturbing things. A recent pull from my search history included: Popular street drugs for teens Abortion laws in Texas Most common ways to die in your 30s How much is a prostitute in Oklahoma City? Ways to hide money from your spouse You…


In Defense of the Luddites

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I’m not the youngest girl in the room, but in most things I like to think I’m younger than my age. I’m reasonably fit, and my body doesn’t feel like it’s 50 when I ask it to do things like run or bike or ski. I watch a bunch of TV shows that target a demographic I haven’t been part of for over a decade (Crazy Ex Girlfriend! The New…


Technology for Non Tech Writers

Pinterest board for MODERN GIRLS
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Given how wired I am now, I find it difficult to remember those days when the most technological advancement I made in my writing was switching from a ball point pent to a gel pen (and there was a brief, pretentious time in there when I wrote with fountain pens, because, you know, I was the 1990s version of a hipster, which in those days was simply called “young.”). When…


Scrivener Love

Monday, February 15, 2016

When I read that our theme this week was technology, I was fairly certain that my post was going to be just pictures of all my old, dead laptops that I am incapable of throwing away. When it comes to writing I keep things pretty simple—it’s just me and my computer. That’s something that I love about writing—it’s like walking—no gadgets or gear required. But I do have one geeky…


5 Things Sona NEEDS to Write

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NOTE: Don’t want to be a Deb downer, but just want to acknowledge the date, and that it’s a hard anniversary for many of us, myself included. So I’m keeping things light here. Hence the penguin! This week on the Ball, we’re sharing our writerly must-haves — necessary objects and other things we need to get the whole writing thing done. I always find these lists so fascinating, because every…