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Nifty Writer’s Tool + An Excuse To Laugh

I know

There shalt not be two topics in one blog post.

Well, there are only two topics in that title up there but there are three topics in this post :-)


Today is the Book Launch Party for Notes from An Alien in the virtual world, Second Life. There will be people from all over the world gathering on Book Island for Door Prizes, Fireworks, Live Music, Dancing, and All-Round Fun :-)


I found a really cool little piece of free software for creative writers: SLang

Here’s what they say about it:

“SLang is a story-creation tool, primarily of interest to writers. SLang stands for ‘Story-Language’. It is a story-creation tool, similar to an index-card tool but much more sophisticated. It allows you to break your story down into ‘events’, each of which will have a block of text describing the event.In addition you can have any number of alternative versions of these text blocks for each event. SLang allows you to mark an event as ‘excluded’ rather than having to delete it from the project, so you can come back to it later.SLang allows you to define special rules for each event called dependency-relationships. These define which events depend on which others. SLang can then examine all the rules, and then put all the events in a sensible order automatically, and show you how it made its decisions.Alternatively you can put the events in order manually. Either way, you can then generate an RTF or TXT file containing the whole story. Because of the way SLang allows you to specify dependency-relationships between events, SLang allows you to experiment with which events get included in the story and which don’t, so you can experiment, generating alternative routes through your story.The ‘Find shortest/longest path’ utility finds out what events are required to reach a specified event in the story, and lists them in chronological order, thereby enabling you to deal with individual threads.SLang can now export to ScriptMaker (a screenplay tool, free from the same website). This export facility creates an annotated ‘framework’ for your script.”


There’s one of my blogging buddies I immediately thought of when I watched a video recently.

Karla Telega. She works at and succeeds brilliantly with writing humor.

So, here’s the video that reminded me of Karla:

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7 responses to “Nifty Writer’s Tool + An Excuse To Laugh

  1. tsonoda148 May 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oh gosh, you are so right about the video and Karla. It did remind me of her. So funny! I haven’t read Simone yet, but intend to do so right after this comment. Thanks for the chuckles.


  2. Karla Telega May 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for mentioning me. The video was adorable. All the technical stuff about SLang is way over my head, but I worry that the writing would come out formulaic, and lose the authors voice.


  3. Simone Benedict May 23, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Gosh, thank you Alex! SLang sounds like a lot of fun. I plan to check it out, but like Karla it would probably be too technical for me.

    When I saw today’s date, I thought something important happens today. Oh yeah, it was the day NFAA was originally supposed to be published–it just happened sooner…


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