Thank you so much Windows for screwing me over tonight. You have no idea how much I appreciate that.
I have been working my little fingers to the bone trying to get Demonic Dreams written while I still have pain meds and I have been doing amazingly well.
Every time I finish a chapter, I export my book from my writing software into Word and save it. After K. Smith Proofs gets done editing the “final” version, I delete all these extra files that are just chapters usually anyway.
I finished a chapter entitled Malachi and started on the next one. I was about 3/4 of the way done it. My computer suddenly rebooted. I hadn’t realized it was doing an update.
I try to open my writing program and it tells me it can’t. Essentially there’s some file missing. So I go to redownload the sofware… I don’t have the key anymore. I had saved that email, but it’s not on this computer, which is weird. I plug in my external hard drive… A search can’t find the email, nothing…
Well isn’t that just freaking dandy at 11:30 pm. So I go out to the software home. Realize I had upgraded to the software when I was making good money and I can’t afford it right now. It would be April before I could.
But hold on. I upgraded from WriteWay. It wasn’t badly priced it just didn’t have one specific function. Then the Universe Smiles on me… WriteWay has become Freeware. I can download and use it for FREE! No cost! It’s really hard to beat that price, especially as a broke novelist at the moment! The only real function I wanted that WriteItNow did better than WriteWay was a character profile (with a random name generator for unimportant characters. But hell there’s a free app for my iPhone that does random name generation.
The best part – other than being free, WriteWay doesn’t require Dragon Naturally Speaking – which absolutely hates my guts to take voice commands and do talk-to-text. WriteWay works just fine with the Microsoft Voice Command and Voice-to-text software.
And I don’t have to rewrite the 30,000 words I had already written. I just have to write 3,000, because WriteWay will let me upload Microsoft documents, so everything that I had exported is still alive and well.
Since I am frustrated with the loss of those 3,000 words, I’m going to spend the rest of my night getting Demonic Dreams put into WriteWay and tackle them in the morning!
PS: No matter how much time I spend training Dragon, Microsoft Voice still understands me better. I have logged nearly a 1,000 hours training Dragon and I’ve spent about an hour training Microsoft Voice and Microsoft still understands me better, so I can live with going back to using WriteWay. It turns out I only used the character profiles like three times in the last year.