Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Have you tried Google Scribe?

Google Scribe is a text-predicting plug-in for Chrome. If you type with one hand (like during lunch when you have a sandwich in the other, or after a bad fall when your dominant hand is in a sling) this will save you hours of hunting and pecking. I normally type at 120 wpm, but during meals this slows a lot, and I hate getting food goo on  my keyboard.

My recommended settings:

 Automatically enable Google Scribe on active text field 
While editing, use Ctrl+J (Command+J on Mac) to enable/disable Google Scribe. More keyboard shortcuts 

 Show suggestions as I type ("Always")
 Show suggestions on Tab ("On demand") 
While editing, use Ctrl+Shift+J (Command+Shift+J on Mac) to switch between "Always" and "On demand". More keyboard shortcuts 

Sort suggestions by:  

 Enable Enter for choosing suggestion 
 Enable Tab for choosing suggestion 
 Enable Space for choosing suggestion 

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

yWriter5 - Free novel writing software to help you write a book

yWriter5 - Free novel writing software to help you write a book

Thanks to's Galley Cat newsletter, which led to to yWriter. This is a novel-writing application created by a programmer who also writes fiction. Mea culpa--I started this post over a year ago and have been using yWriter since then. I cannot recommend it too highly. It provides the organizational tools necessary to write long-form fiction (and nonfiction) without intruding upon the creative process with a lot of silly mythomadness suggestions. It also provides frequent stable back-ups so you won't lose your data. I use this program every day. I hope you will, too.

Click here to give it a try.