Many of us were present when Keith removed his mask, mixed his metaphor, and stepped out of the Science Fiction writing closet. And many of us who write have yearned for a product exactly like Scrivener in the years leading up to its release. But with one exception, not one of us has yearned so desperately as to be compelled to bring into being the very piece of software that has since proven our literary messiah.
My point is this: We all write. We all wanted a better way to write. Only Keith wanted a better way to write so much that he created one. He must therefore be serious about writing. Someone so serious about writing is bound to have written something worth reading. So let’s have it!
I don’t mean to put you on the spot, Keith, but I think I speak for us all when I say we would really enjoy reading any nugget you may care to throw us—short story, poem, unfinished idea, classified ad—anything.
I understand you might be hesitant, but consider that most everyone here is already a Keith Blount fan. It would be rather like when Thom Yorke threw all his fans a bone with The Eraser to tide them over until the next Radiohead release. And I am personally eager to read your stuff given your love of Vonnegut.
You’ve already wowed us all with what you’ve been able to do with Cocoa, which is your second language at least. Now we’d like to see an example of something you’ve created in your native tongue.
And my apologies if we’ve covered this already. If someone could link me to the relevant thread I’d be most appreciative.
Yes, it would be if Keith actually wrote it, but we all know that it was plagiarized, stolen directly from pages 7,342 to 7,412 of Henry Darger’s The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Keith merely replaced the names of the Vivian girls with the names of Scrivener features and claimed the work as his own.
A compelling read, yes, but not a Keith Blount original.
Damn, you’re onto me with the manual. Version 2.0’s manual will plagiarise N. Rifle’s Man in the Universe. As for my own scrivenings, this website and my numerous grumpy replies are the zenith of my literary output, I feel.
I’m partial to Tutorial Steps 1 through 4. While the conclusion is somewhat vague, and might even be considered a red herring, the real plot twist comes in later when you realise the Tutorial is not the entire application!
“A non-stop tour de force from this generation’s premier non-linear fictionist.”
“Forum is a master turn. With no fewer than 3,429 characters and weighing in at nearly 50,000 pages, the critics will be barking over it for ages.”
“The community of writers in Forum is completely believable and each character speaks in its own authentic voice. I was completely taken in and followed each twist and turn with fascination and horror.”
Just wait until you see the tutorial for 2.0. Mysteries and twists aplenty throughout the new sections on integrated Edit Scrivenings, all building up to a riveting finale in the “And finally…” document. Actually I haven’t worked that bit out yet as I’ve been making up the twists and turns of the tutorial as I go along, but everything should be fine as I’ve brought Ron Moore in…