For the last week or so, I’ve been dabbling with writing. I’m not resuming As of Yet Unnamed Fantasy Story. Instead, I’m working on something that I doubt I’ll be sharing (or at least sharing broadly and publically) for personal reasons.
However, doing this has brought a couple general things up that I’m going to share:
I’ve been using Scrivener (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php) for this. I’m finding I really like how it works. It lets me organize things, draft scenes and sections, store notes, etc. It also takes care of formatting the story – it will even generate .epub and .mobi formatted e-books directly (albeit without the ability to embed fonts).
What I’m writing is alternate history. Especially for real-world and alternate history, I’m finding that the Internet now has tons of good (and not so good) places to get information to ensure at least some accuracy. My story touches the legal system, and I’ve been able to track down both a general overview of the legal process, and the actual laws of the state where my story takes place. This has let me make surgical changes in history but make sure that they (I think) fit somewhat seamlessly into an otherwise recognizable world.
Google Maps and Google Street View are also quite useful in visualizing settings that I’ve not actually been to – or haven’t been to recently.
If my next project is more shareable, I’ll let you know how my dabbling comes out.