Writing isn’t all hard work
by Jessa Slade on September 28th, 2009

Currently working on: Kicking Book 1 out of the nest. Fly, little Book 1, fly!
Mood: Hopeful

That headline, by the way, is a total lie!  Writing is insanely hard work that involves sitting around and staring into space.

But!  Sometimes I have to step away from the insanely hard work of staring into space and go play with writing toys instead.  Because writing is insanely hard work, clever people (clever enough to not be writers) have sold me come up with many ways to make it feel as if writing is fun.

One new toy I’m playing with for Book 3 is a writing program called Liquid Story Binder. 

For years, I’ve wanted some story creation/writing software.  A friend suggested Liquid Story Binder (and it was half off) I decided to just do it.  And with screenshots like this — words! pictures! windows! more words! – what writer wouldn’t be suckered sucked in?

I’ve just started playing with it, but I already see the potential for enormous procrastination.  And power.  Isn’t that cool?  Now even my writing toys have a heroic flaw.

Another writing toy (and by toy, I mean toy-ture, as in thumbscrews and fingernail-pulling torture, except that a writer must keep her hands in tip-typing shape) is Dr. Wicked’s Write Or Die. 

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Putting the prod in productivity, the site informs you.  In its strictest mode, this writing prompt will erase your words if you stop typing.  Just the thought is enough to terrify me into keeping my hands on the keyboard.

My newest toy, though, is for post-writing fun:

Using a terrible mishmash of softwares cobbled together from dubious online sources, I made a personality quiz for the Marked Souls to help you discover the nature of your inner demon.  This is the first quiz I’ve ever made, and I learned a lot about html, ftp, php and other random computer shorthand.  Which is the best kind of toy, don’t you think, one you learn from?

Leave a comment with the name of your demon any time this week and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of SEDUCED BY SHADOWS.  Post the link to the quiz elsewhere (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) and you’ll be double entered to win.

15 comments to “Writing isn’t all hard work”

  1. 1

    Hi :)
    Thanks for the fun and informative post.
    I love Write Or Die too.
    I also took your quiz and got: A DJINNI.
    Fun!
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo


  2. 2

    A CHAOS class demon has possessed you.

    Tweeted a link for the quiz (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M


  3. 3

    Cool quiz. A great way to take a break on a Monday.

    An ENIGMA class demon has possessed you.
    Secretly, you always knew good and evil were more than abstract concepts. Too bad you’re proving it with your blood, tears and tattered, demon-mottled soul. Worse, now that your half-closed eyes have been blown wide open, you can’t help but notice there are more mysteries lying in wait. Good and evil were easy compared to the intricacies of the human heart. You and Sera Littlejohn from SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, Book 1 of the Marked Souls, would take fiendish delight in torturing the narrow-minded alpha males around you. Hey, there should be some perks for eternal damnation.


  4. 4

    Ooh, nice range of baddies here today :evil:

    Overall, I’ve been shocked how many angelic possessed showed up in my quiz. It gives me… yes, yes, it gives me hope.


  5. 5

    I took the quiz and I’m an Annihilator. How in the world did this happen to me? I thought of myself as a perfectly good mother. Now I know what happened to my daughter. I think I’ll blame my mother for this.


  6. 6

    Ok I took the quiz and hmm what can I say? evil grin

    A DJINNI (an unrepentant demon) has possessed you.

    Damn, what did the world ever do to you? If ever you had a chance to repent, you let the door hit it on its way out. You understand better than most that Evil isn’t all about cackling and stroking a white cat (you’ve already established that Evil eats kittens), it’s about apathy, ignorance and sullen disregard. You’ll be the worst that you can be… and you’ll take the world with you. Reading the stories of the Marked Souls, you will cheer for the bad guys. Sicko.


  7. 7

    An ENIGMA class demon has possessed you.
    Secretly, you always knew good and evil were more than abstract concepts. Too bad you’re proving it with your blood, tears and tattered, demon-mottled soul. Worse, now that your half-closed eyes have been blown wide open, you can’t help but notice there are more mysteries lying in wait. Good and evil were easy compared to the intricacies of the human heart. You and Sera Littlejohn from SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, Book 1 of the Marked Souls, would take fiendish delight in torturing the narrow-minded alpha males around you. Hey, there should be some perks for eternal damnation.


  8. 8

    RAVAGER class demon has possessed you.
    “Long-suffering” takes on a more solemn dimension when we’re talking eternity. But tragedies that would cripple a lesser soul have merely honed you to a finer edge. And now you’re ready to test that metal, that mettle against the forces that tried to beat you down and instead beat you to a sharp point. There’s a hunger in you for the light, which is maybe why your eyes sparkle when you face the shadows. Liam Niall from FORGED OF SHADOWS, Book 2 of the Marked Souls, would welcome you as like kind and offer you a weapon from his personal stash were you to step into his world.


  9. 9

    Me and blackroze37: ravager class demon possessed. I wonder if they had a Tempt One, Get One Free deal today. Hey, do you suppose they get Heir Miles? Mwa-ha-ha


  10. 10

    So I’m a discord demon. Something you’re not telling me?


  11. 11

    Okay, now it seems this group has more than its fair share of unrepentant djinn. A tad unnerving, but at least now we know. :twisted:


  12. 12

    I love the quiz!

    An ANNIHILATOR class demon has possessed you!


  13. 13

    This quiz was fun! I’m posessed by an Enigma.


  14. 14

    I am also an ANNIHILATOR. Although I’m really a Witch so at least my magic can clean me up when I need it to.The quiz was fun. I love the whole Liquid Story Binder thing now does it really work
    Barbara


  15. 15

    A RAVAGER class demon has possessed you.
    “Long-suffering” takes on a more solemn dimension when we’re talking eternity. But tragedies that would cripple a lesser soul have merely honed you to a finer edge. And now you’re ready to test that metal, that mettle against the forces that tried to beat you down and instead beat you to a sharp point. There’s a hunger in you for the light, which is maybe why your eyes sparkle when you face the shadows. Liam Niall from FORGED OF SHADOWS, Book 2 of the Marked Souls, would welcome you as like kind and offer you a weapon from his personal stash were you to step into his world.


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