What make the perfect software for fiction writers? What features are missing from all the usual suspects?
In this park cast episode 072 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I wander around in the sunshine and suggest the specifications for what just might be the perfect software application of writers of all kinds. Listen to see if you agree, and by all means, add your wish list and suggestions in the comments!
This episode was recorded on February 20th, 2023.
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- This episode recorded at Central Park in Huntington Beach, California.
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- Some of the writing software applications that come close, but aren’t quite right, include:
- An outliner I use every days for a variety of tasks and highly recommend — but it’s still lacking as a software application for writers — is Dynalist.
- Are personal knowledge management software applications as close as we get (for now) to the perfect software applications for writers? Examples include:
- Why Josephine? It’s my little tribute to the memory of my grandmother on my stepfather’s side, Josephine Bridickas. Cheers, Gram Jos!
- The SFWA author who recommended a little AI “daemon” on your shoulder as you write — like real time fact checking of your own work — is R. Jean Mathieu.
- I mention Seafile, the open source, self-hosted replacement for Dropbox and / or Google Drive. It’s pretty neat.
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