Text-Processing

Selected Rants, Raves, and Writings by Dylan Kinnett

How I Made a Repository of my Writings, and Why
If you have a lifetime of writings, it can get difficult to sort through it all. I’d like to describe a the system I use to keep track of what I’ve written. Suggestions for improvement are welcome!
Authenticity Versus Expectation
There are probably some of you who would say that “clichés are clichés for a reason”, and to you I would say “cry me a river!” and I would add that the clichés may be useful, or comfortable, but cliché has no place in poetry, because it isn’t artful.
Git and the Writer
Image the power of your editors and beta readers to commit changes for your review through a freely distributed application where each participant can enact changes without the knowledge of others doing the same.
Index of First Lines
It’s easy to create an index of first lines. If each of your poems is a separate text file, then a handy command line trick will produce an index of first lines. If you have all your poems in a single Microsoft Word document, you can use the index feature.
Following Silliman’s Blogroll
There’s a treasure trove of vibrant and enjoyable literary blogs on the Internet. You can still subscribe to them all and join the conversation. I’ve created a tool to help.
Leaving Microsoft Word Behind
I have amassed a collection of files: .doc files, .docx files, .rtf files, .html files, but I set out to convert them all to plain text files.
Scrivener, Git and Version Control for Writers
Scrivener projects are laid out as application bundles with the .scriv extension, and, as it turns out, are amenable to Git version control.
Apps For Writers with Version Control
The way I see it, there are two ways to add Version Control abilities to your writing workflow. One would be to use a word processor specifically built for the task. The other would be to use the word processor you already have, and to use a separate app to handle the version control features.
Useful Features of Version Control Software
Version control for writers, and why it’s useful.
Version Control for Writers
Authors, editors, literary scholars, archivists: all eventually have to do work with multiple versions of a text.
Generative Writing Cut-Up Tools
DadaDodo is a program that analyses texts for word probabilities, and then generates random sentences based on that. Sometimes these sentences are nonsense; but sometimes they cut right through to the heart of the matter, and reveal hidden meanings.
How I Do My Word Processing
I am both a “computer person” and a writer. You might be interested to know: how do I combine the two? Here are some thoughts on how I do my word processing, most of the time.