The following article outlines the latest strategy that will be used to provide a more efficient authoring environment.
The WordPress Toolbox
I’ve decided to use WordPress as the authoring tool for writing short stories. This decision is based on cross-platform support, portability and reliable and easy backup.
I don’t have to think about strange formatting characters appearing in the manuscript after exporting and converting from PC to Mac. As long as there is an Internet connection and computer nearby I can work. I don’t have to periodically save versions in different cloud networks or disk drives. The WordPress server provides six gigabytes of storage space.
As the story builds and it reaches the 5,000 word mark; working within the blocks of text that comprise the scenes and the outlines that are used as a foundation for the scenes becomes problematic and tedious. The actual distance between the story and the supporting outlines steadily increases until too much time is lost scrolling up and down the long page.
I spent some time analyzing the situation and defining a more efficient system: the site has the front page set to display the most recent post, the site has a page named References, a page named Outlines and a page named Edit Log. The front page displays the latest blog post—the full text of the short story—the References page displays related images and links to related materials—the Outlines page displays the supporting text used in construction of the story—the Edit Log page documents major revisions to the manuscript.
The story blog post is divided into sequentially numbered scenes. The scenes are linked to the Edit view of the Outlines page and set to open in a new browser tab. The windows can be divided and lined up. I can scan the full manuscript post on one side of the screen and construct the outlines on the other side of the screen.
I wonder if the preparation for production is some form of procrastination. I guess this could be called procrasdiduction or something like that. If this method proves to successful than the time spent figuring it out won’t be lost time. Now if I could only locate my box of magic marketing bullets I’d be golden.