Re: [Clip] Beginning with ClipWriter as an amateur
- Hi Patrick:
It might be possible to shoehorn something like this into clips using
outlines, but before spending a *lot* of time trying especially if you are a
"non-porgrammer" you might want to look at either Zoot or Ecco (just google
Ecco is freeware, Zoot is fairly expensive (~$100) but has a *very* liberal
trial use policy.
More discussion if warrented should be on Off-topic list - do you feel you
are getting shunted from pillar to post :-)
Regards ... Alec
---- Original Message ----
From: "patrick_forkin" <patrick_forkin@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2004 13:14
Subject: [gla: [Clip] Beginning with ClipWriter as an amateur
> Email to:
> From: Patrick M. Forkin
> Subj: Getting started as a "newbie"
> I am not a programmer but am about to get started in writing
> a "ClipWriter" program to do the following:
> Create a logical structure for a novel based on the type of text
> block being created, in which the text in total will be stored in the
> main file and the individual text blocks additionally be stored in
> logically related files. Of these logically related files a typical
> novel will have perhaps 50 to 100. These are in the following
> 1.Text dialogue between characters, between any two or more
> characters there will be a separate file
> 2.Text description of locations - of these there may be say 10 to 20.
> Where locations are often visited only one file will be created to
> carry all of the descriptive text passages.
> 3.Text description of incidents in the plot - of these there will
> also be say 5 to 25
> 4.Incident related character descriptions or incident descriptions
> used to show characteristics of each of the main players - the number
> is also limited.
> A typical novel will have 50 or more of such logically related
> subsidiary files.
> My desire to do this is to make the editing task easier with like
> texts being also in the same subordinate file. Global changes will be
> made substantially easier.
> It is additionally my goal to have separate thesauri to support each
> of the subordinate file types and the different word usages in them.
> This I might additionally need to do with a separate "ClipWriter"
> My question to you, the developer of the product, is which entry
> route would be the best for an amateur?
> I had thought to use the line numbers, plus the first and last
> words / group of words of each text block to locate / place the
> blocks in each subordinate file; this latter point may in fact be a
> hypertext usage form. Incidentally I can, because of an extensive
> work-book concept for each novel, define the subordinate files before
> I begin entering the draft text.
> The greatest problem I envisage is the shuffling up of all references
> each time a change is made either to the main file or to a subsidiary
> The first instance of using the program will be to retroactively fit
> a draft novel to the scheme to be able to more easily edit the draft
> What advice could you give me as to how to proceed?
> Incidentally at the end of the day I want to publish a book on "How
> to write a novel" in which the ClipWriter program will feature and
> even be sold with the book. My forthcoming web-site will feature the
> technique also; as it will the book when publishing takes place.