Computing for Writers

Computing for Writers

For those who don’t know, I spend forty hours a week being a professional computer nerd. I’ve worked in the industry for over ten years, I took programming and computer/network security courses in school, I’ve coded whole websites, and I do a lot of research both for work and for fun. You should also know my definition of “fun” is probably wildly different from yours.
I have been thinking for months about what I really have to offer to the world of author blogs. I am still learning the writing craft, and I think that is a status I will assign myself for a good long while. I don’t feel qualified to write any self-help material on writing. What I do have is twenty-ish years spent monkeying with electronics. So, that is what I think I’ll write about here for a bit.
I am planning out a series called Computing for Writers, the goal of which is to give fiction writers an inside perspective of the sometimes convoluted world of computers, with an emphasis on how to convey the typical environments and jobs accurately without having experienced them yourself. There are a lot of how-to tech pages out there, but they are pointed toward people trying to build a server from scratch or set up a hackintosh, not someone trying to get some general idea of which tech tropes are based in fact, and which are closer to magic. I also plan to write a few posts on useful writing/publishing software and gadgets, so stay tuned!

I will update this landing page when I add new posts in the Computing for Writers series, so it can be used as a hub to find the information you want easily.

Format for the “What [blank] Looks Like” posts:
A general overview of the topic, complete with pictures.
Common tropes – A list of tropes I see often, and how accurate they are.
Vocabulary – Learning the lingo will help my post make more sense, enable you to research more effectively, and add authenticity to your work!

I must give credit where credit is due: I got the idea for this series after Ari Meghlen asked her Twitter followers what they do for a living. She has a fantastic blog, and you should absolutely check it out!

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My Process: Outlining

Well hi there! For those who don’t know, last year I finished my first ever complete first draft (*takes a bow*) and have spent the majority of this year revising, tinkering, and working on writing my first ever complete second draft. As I write this, I am about 1/3 through my full rewrite (40 thousand words of hopefully 120 thousand). I mention all this because I know there is redundancy in my process and I plan for it to change as I continue to gain knowledge, skill, and confidence. When I made this blog, I wanted to show my journey, but then I paralyzed myself with thoughts like “I’m still learning, so how does describing my process benefit anyone?” Well! Writing out my process helps me! And I think it has the potential to help someone else too, because I’ve been my usual insane amount of thorough teaching myself all this 😊

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A story about me from college

Hello there! It’s been a while. I have been really, REALLY focused on Draft 2 of my WIP and majorly neglecting my blog. That project is still chugging along, but this morning I woke up with a certain memory scratching at the back of my consciousness and I thought I would take a stab at some creative nonfiction to try and tease it out of hiding and see what it wants.

Let me take you back to Spring of 2008. George W. Bush was still president, Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana, and we were smack in the middle of a big ole recession. I was a 22-year-old, middle-finger-in-the-air college student a year away from graduating and three years over the whole being broke thing.Read More »