Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Softwares #2

MasterWriter
MasterWriter is a valuable addition to any of the editors described here. It’s a thesaurus on steroids in the cloud that will improve your vocabulary and your prose. Enrich your writing with its synonym finder, rhyming dictionary, alliterations, word families, phrases, dictionary, and even a set of 11,000 icons of world culture to add imagery to your writing.

Instead of your story’s sun being “hot,” you’ll find choices like blazing, sizzling, fiery, torrid, punishing, merciless, or raging. Just put a word in the left side and click the dictionary you want to use and get results on the right side.
Check out the video tour and I think you’ll be impressed. An audio page enables you to collect your thoughts or music. There’s a free trial, with licenses offered at $9.99/month, $99.95/year, or $149 for a two-year license.
ProWritingAid
Of all the tools reviewed, ProWritingAid probably offers the most value, especially with their clean, updated interface and detailed reports with the click of a link. I love their free Google Docs and Chrome browser extension, too. I still use Grammarly because it follows me everywhere on the web, but with its thorough critique, I think ProWritingAid makes me a better writer. As an editor and publisher, the reports also help me communicate better with my authors.

A scaled-down version of ProWritingAid is free online, with Premium editions offered at $40 annually, $60 for a two-year license, $80 for a three-year license, and $140 for lifetime use.
ProWritingAid also offers a couple of advanced features you may be interested in using. As a publisher, I can create my own rules and house style that detects patterns, wildcards, overused words, dialog, and repeated words, plus it lets me create customized advice messages for my authors. Their developer API allows software developers to add writing analysis to applications they are developing.
SmartEdit
SmartEdit is a first-pass-editing tool for creative writers and novelists working in Windows.
Like AutoCrit and Grammarly, SmartEdit runs a series of checks on your work and highlights areas of concern. You can open your manuscript directly in SmartEdit, or copy and paste from your word processor into the SmartEdit Editor.
Unique features include a sentence length graph and detection of curly/straight quotes, plus hyphen and em-dash counts. A sentence-start list displays your sentences and counts the number of times you begin them with a particular word, which can be a real eye-opener.
SmartEdit, like ProWritingAid, may deserve consideration by professional editors and publishers as it allows you to export lists of problems the program caught to Excel, PDF, HTML, CSV, and text. This kind of feedback helps a lot when communicating with writers and editors.

A single SmartEdit license is $67, SmartEdit for Word is $77, and the SmartEdit Bundle is $109.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Softwares #1

Manuscript editing software programs do much more than the built-in spelling and grammar checkers in your word processor. Some offer “first-pass” or “last-pass” editing to clean up mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation; others make suggestions for improving your language.
These programs can alert you to overuse of adverbs, clichΓ©s, redundancies, overlong sentences, sticky sentences, glue words, vague and abstract words, diction, and the misuse of dialog tags, to name just a few.  In alphabetical order, here are some of my favorites (this is by no means an exhaustive list).
AutoCrit
AutoCrit is well organized and offers a lot of information in a clean interface. In my writing, it revealed an excess of generic descriptions, passive voice, and too many initial pronouns, names, and “ing” words. I also use too many “ly” adverbs. On the plus side, I’m great at showing and not telling, and I don’t repeat words and phrases or use a lot of filler words or clichΓ©s.

All these were easy fixes once I was made aware of them. But hey, if you’re feeling depressed about your errors, just click the “compare to fiction” tab to show how your writing stacks up against published works, including mass-market paperbacks and bestsellers. It might make you feel better.
The manuscript analysis provides a lot of constructive criticism in a clean, easy-to-read layout. I like the visual charts representing sentence length and paragraph pace, too.
Consistency Checker
This free software will find the mistakes your spelling and grammar checkers don’t see, such as inconsistent hyphenation (part time vs. part-time) and spelling (color vs. colour). It also finds things like numerals in the middle of sentences, compound words, and abbreviations that appear in different forms.

It does not check spelling and grammar, just consistency. Note: this is the freemium version of the $99 PerfectIt app for Microsoft Office 2013 and Google Docs.

It targets long nonfiction document like proposals, grants, and how-to manuals. Install Consistency Checker in Word by visiting the Microsoft Office 2013 store. To install it in Google Docs, go to the store listing, log in and click “Free,” then run Google Docs and Consistency Checker will be in the “Add-ons” menu.
Draft
Draft is a writing, editing, collaboration, and publishing tool you access online using your browser. Each contributor’s changes show up in different colors, with “accept” and “reject” options. You can mark major revisions, find and revert to previous versions, import docs from Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive, and publish directly to places like WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and even MailChimp. They’ve provided a handy Chrome extension that lets you turn any text area on the web into something you can write and edit with Draft. You can even hire a human editor via the program.

You can email a document to your Draft account and create a simple presentation, then select segments of writing and the “simplify” robot catches common words and duplicate words and attempts to detect and delete unimportant sentences. More features include an audio-video transcription tool, analytics, and a website builder tool. “Hemingway Mode” provides distraction-free writing.
Draft is free, but donations unlock more benefits.
Grammarly
Grammarly is my favorite electronic editor. It delivers information both line-by-line and in summary form.  I like the way it follows me around the web to check my blog posts, my Google Docs, Gmail, and comments and feedback forms on other people’s blog posts and articles.

Like most robust editing tools, Grammarly offers settings for various kinds of writing: business documents, novels, creative nonfiction, medical, technical, and casual. A basic version of Grammarly that roots out spelling and grammar errors is free, while the full version is $29.95/month. If you need a human editor, quick, you can reach one through their site for a reasonable price.
Hemingway Editor
Hemingway is a distraction-free writing tool that displays a row of formatting elements across the top for bold, italics, bulleting, numbering, headings, and links. Slide it from “Write” into “Edit” mode and you’ll get a clean, visual take on what might be wrong with your writing. The word and character counters are also very handy.

The browser-based version of the Hemingway app is free, and with the desktop app for Mac and Windows ($19.99), you can import and export your text to Word and export as HTML or Markdown language for your blogging platform, WordPress, or CMS files.
Some people like to write and edit in Hemingway and then import their work into a tool called StackEdit, a browser-based markdown editor, though you could easily use any of the other tools I’ve already mentioned.

The real focus.




Publishing is simply just a tool. We become so entrenched in the publishing industry that we forget that readers just want a good book. 

Amazon has helped balance the playing field for self-published authors, and I commend them for that but I equally criticise their fucking algorithms and their ever changing policies!  Now do I contradict myself???  hmm.. may be ..may be not.. who cares :-P

However, some errors that self-published writers may make include:


  • Publishing prematurely.
  • Designing bad covers.
  • Drafting bad cover copy.
  • Formatting unprofessionally.
  • Neglecting to edit enough.
  • Not proofreading enough (which is different from editing).
  • Not marketing themselves well.

The reputation of self-publishing isn’t what hurts you. Nobody knows how you published if you don’t tell them. The readers actually dont care if you have self published or not.. It’s all about how you present and sell yourself, and especially how well you write and present the book. It’s on you, the author, to create a phenomenal book.πŸ’–

The main point is simply to choose which way to publish, use it, own it, and don’t lead with how you published, but with how good the book is.

Be Reader Preference Driven
If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering. —Jeff Bezos ( as if Jeff Bezos is not competitor -focused!! - hypocrite!! )😑

Anyways, all too often, authors may watch what other writers are doing in both writing and marketing, then try to snare which gimmick they can copy to work for them, writing and self-promoting based upon their competition.  I know some female authors who are successful this way, but this way sucks! 

Early writers didn’t start off that way. Most wanted nothing more than for readers to flock to their stories and gobble them up. It’s why they started writing in the first place: to share a tale. - and they are sooooo much right..

Then there’s reality!! a very harsh reality !! Readers have an abundance of material to choose from. How can a struggling writer be seen, heard, or better yet, read in the face of so much competition? It’s no wonder writers gravitate to those who are successful in the field, emulating the ads, the touring, the whatever-else they are doing. It becomes all about the numbers — but the numbers aren’t easy to come by.  hmm.. They are really tough!

Then we commiserate with other writers. We join organizations, newsletters, and Facebook groups comprised of writers to learn how to be a more successful writer. But we have limited hours in the day not to add up the trauma and the pain that some ppl add up to our life bcoz of which I personally get frustrated.

What goes lacking is actually the communication with potential readers. We forget we’re supposed to be customer-focused instead of competitor-focused. The goal is to reach out to where readers are:


  • libraries
  • schools
  • book fairs
  • radio, podcasts
  • niche organizations
  • your local paper
  • your blog
  • your website
  • your e-mail list

Do not stray from your reader being right up front in your writing world. Once you write the best story you can write, satisfying yourself, then think about your readers. Slowly and steadily, keep reaching out, respecting and adoring them and making them an important part of your steady growth!

Readers are your market and not your competitors!!


hmm.. About the song  - I love this song.. it always lifts me out of depression..πŸ˜‰

"She's got lions in her heart
A fire in her soul
He's got a beast in his belly
That's so hard to control
'Cause they've taken too much hits
Taking blow by blow
Now light a match, stand back, watch them explode, explode, explode, explode"πŸ’œ

TuRN YoUR PaIn InTo PoWeR  !

One Step At A Time..


Publishing is easy. The tough part is to find readers who love your story, who can connect with your story in some way.  Some part that is so intriguing that it leaves them hooked and want for more.  A reader wants to find a good story and feel that it is theirs. They’ve taken this story into their lives and committed hours and days to read it in the hopes that it might improve their quality of existence — or at a minimum, provide an experience to remember and something they can recommend to others.

While this may sound weird to you, after committing so much time and effort into creating this story, the endgame is not to get credit for the book. The real endgame is to give the world a great story experience.  Yea, this was difficult for me to understand, but ultimately this is the bitter truth or rather sugar-coated truth!

With this in mind, books that I’ll usually pass up are:

  • Free (why did the author work so hard to give it away?)
  • Cheap (yeah, OK, but what’s the book about?)
  • Self-published (how a book is published isn’t an issue to a reader)
  • Five years in the making (or some other big number)
  • An author’s greatest achievement (compared to what?)
Books I’ll give a second glance are promoted as:

  • A great story about…
  • An award-winning story about…
  • A poignant story about…
  • Recommended by (fill in the name of an established author)
  • A wonderful beach read, by-the-fire read, vacation read, weekend read, etc.
  • A great first book (not everyone wants to test-drive an unproven author, but I do it coz many times it turns out its better than reputer authors of today's time!)

I want the author to take into consideration that I have a great time reading. I want the author to promise me a treat for investing my time. I want the author to make my life better. 

πŸ’œThis is why we write.  Isn't it??? To fulfill a promise to the reader. It isn’t about us, the price, or how the book was made.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” —Harry Truman

What if your pain is the path to another person’s healing? - A different insight

An emotion that plagues so many of us: FEAR.

Fear is a thief. It robs us of everything if we allow it to control us. It robs us off relationships because we don’t want to get hurt, it robs us of opportunities because we’re too afraid to fail, and it robs us of our destiny because we’re afraid of change. Yes, it’s an emotion, and at times it’s a rational and natural response to a circumstance, but we get to choose whether or not it will dictate and limit our lives.  yea. we get to make a choice, but do we make use of it?

Fear of rejection (“no one is going to read my book”), fear of failure (“will it be any good?”), and fear of the unknown (“I don’t think I can actually do this”) are all real fears that many writers have.

One of the things I learned on my journey is there are physical benefits to sharing, for yourself and others who are struggling with the same type of pain you’ve experienced. Doctor Lissa Rankin, author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, writes in Psychology Today that: “Every time you tell your story, and someone else who cares bears witness to it, you turn off the body’s stress responses, flipping off toxic stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine and flipping on relaxation responses that release healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, nitric oxide, and endorphins. This turns on the body’s innate self-repair mechanisms and functions as preventative medicine — or treatment if you’re sick. It also relaxes your nervous system and helps heal your mind of depression, anxiety, fear, anger, and feelings of disconnection.” She goes on to say that, “In order to benefit fully from the healing medicine of telling your story, you must resist holding anything back. You must strip off your masks, be unapologetically you, ditch worrying about what ‘everybody’ is going to think, and let your glorious freak flag fly.”


Fear is:

False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

How would your life change if you approached fear this way instead of allowing it to be the driving force in your life? Many things can deter us from telling our story, but so often, the driving force is fear.  Face Fear and Use it as an antidote against itself.

You don’t have to work imagining the “what ifs” — they attack you without effort.  But what if you turned those fearful “what ifs” into something positive " what ifs"? ? What if you could change, even save, someone’s life? What if you help someone who is without hope? What if writing your book actually helps to heal you?

You’re the only one who has your story. πŸ’œ

Sooo, You’re the only one who can write it.πŸ’œ

Hell in Earth or Heaven in Earth!- Soul Pain

I am leaving my town next week for good for 3/4 days ..All my original vacation plans got canceled bcoz my father is at his worse health medically...does he deserve this??? may be yes, may be no..may be " I don't know!" Do I deserve this??.. may be yes, may be no..may be - I don't know!

April month was a month of true revelations of the various facades of "my" people in my life.

The people whom I knew for almost 4 decades showed their real self and yea it was ugly!! really ugly..A face/rather faces covered with false pride of trips to Jerusalem, false high of being holy, false face of worshipping God, singing songs, preaching sermons, practicing fastings.. all these are just meaningless .... completely insane.

 When you can't love your own blood, how can you stand in the path of intervening to God for someone else???.. When you can't love your own family people, how can you love others???.  When you can't love someone who you have seen for 4 decades, how can you love God whom you have never seen at all ????

Why are you blaming the devil for your behavior?  Why do you say devil used you ?? Don't you know about free will? Have you lost your sanity?? Don't you know to discern things.. Don't you know to discern your child.. Don't you know that love is more important than money?  Dont you know that contentment is more important than being greedy.  Don't you know that there is an eternal life and we have a judgment time.  Don't you realise that you are transforming me to a stoneheart...someone who do not wish to see anyone's face.. Don't you realise that you are pushing me too far..

Yet one day my sighs and tears will drench you.. One day you will realise that I loved you for what you were and not for your money or property but I needed you  to respect me, say to me " you are my child, my dear child. "  don't push me dad, don't push me too far.. Its bleeding.. bleeding.. I am not at peace for I really loved you,  how should I prove to you.. how???

At this point of time, I am cornered from all sides, no way to go, no one to understand me, financial and mental strongholds suffocate me, strangle me to the core... for how long can I survive in my savings.. unless we get something to replenish the source!!  They say God will make a way when there seems to be no way.. The God who split the Red Sea will do a miracle in my life.. I don't know what to say.. I dont know how to react to all these hopes/mirages in my life.  I am losing interest in everything.. Nothing makes me happy now.. its all just darkness.. pitch darkness!! no light at the end of the tunnel!

I had loved my dad more than anyone mainly - because I learnt determination, the quality of taking risks in my life, the habit of being a good planner and organiser of things, the habit of multitasking, how to iron clothes, how to use the pen for a good handwriting, how to speak English in a good accent, how to keep an egg in egg box - all these from my dad.

 He used to say I was the lucky charm for him as all good and prosperous things happened after I was born------------------but now what he said hurt me more than anything.. " You are after all a woman, not a man.  A woman can never equal a male heir.  In terms of power and rights, you will be always below a man only". I am just not able to get over these lines.. Its resonating in and out..For the first time, I felt bad that I was born a woman!!  Is it my mistake that the X chromosome met another X chromosome and made me a girl??  Is it my mistake that I came to this fucking world??  My mother could have smothered me to death. My father could have thrown me in the garbage then?? so then I was lucky for him, now am not!

So many times I funded my bro but now the words he spoke, I was dead at that same instant.  That moment still is fresh in my eyes.. I am still speechless..

These words suffocate me, I gasp for breath literally at night and all the time when I try to nap. I have never felt so weak, so helpless..One thing I learnt in real terms-- we are born alone, live alone and we die alone.. Everything is vanity.. meaningless.. Useless people, useless life, useless relationships, nothing called love, nothing called understanding, nothing called togetherness..

For this suffocation, there is no bridge that I can cross, no rescue that I can hope for, there is no one to lean on..I need to break these shackles.. but how?...If only I can get one small ray of hope, it would be so soothing..

Yea, daily I get a Bible verse to console me , especially this song below resonates again and again more than I breathe daily... I get to understand that God is there but somehow I am not able to accept it now.. my faith, hope, belief everything has shattered...

Yea, I know my Sunshine understands me truly and better now, but he has his own stressors in life and I need to figure out my way myself.. at this juncture of my life. I dont want to disturb him in his life..I need to walk this thorny path alone and by myself..

I lost all my faith in Christ, lost all the trust that I had on people, shut off all virtual and social interaction, just want to walk away leaving all.

Now I understand why do people do drugs, why do people drink and die,  why do people go on a rampage and kill people.. Now I understand the pain, trauma and the fucking feeling of being rejected again and again and again and again... for no fault of mine.. or rather for the fault of being born as a girl..

I wish  to fly off to a new place altogether and start a new life for here all is poison...sweet slow acting poison.  I wish to erase all my memories of people..I am searching for such a med now..

On the other hand, I wish to help such people who are like me, at least I can be a comfort to such people and earn my karma points for going to heaven .. I think this can be my purpose of life but am still unsure, still not able to regain my complete composure.

Let me see what Jesus does this time.  I have completely surrendered to Him everything.


Friday, 23 March 2018

Vacation Mode!

Hiiiiiiii all wonderful people,

Thank you for your wonderful support, love and comments about my work and blog.

I feel overwhelmed.

Stay Blessed.  Stay Happy. Stay Positive.

Wish you all a Wonderful and Happy Easter in advance.

Some of you had asked more about my favorites, so here you go.

Fav Color - Lavender

Fav Name - Sunshine

Fav Nick Name - Sweetz

Fav Food - Rice, Sambhar and lady's finger fry

Fav Number - 7

Fav Sweet- Black Forest Chocolate Cake

Fav Spicy food- Chicken Manchurian

Fav Place - Heidelberg

Fav Moments - 7th Feb 2018

Fav Quote - Love Never Fails.

Fav Song - Shaan - Tanha Dil

I think this addresses most of your curiosities!

I am busy with packing and building on my dreams and I am in vacation mode and mood after a long long time..now that my work is over here.

Sooooooooo,

Next article I will be posting on June 7th.  Till then Keep smiling...:-)

Softwares #2

MasterWriter MasterWriter  is a valuable addition to any of the editors described here. It’s a thesaurus on steroids in the cloud that w...