A piece by Rachel Donadio, “Get With the Program,” in today’s NY Times describes how several established writers have used (gasp) software to write popular books. All are Windows programs and here’s the breakdown:
Richard Powers: Mindjet MindManager and Microsoft OneNote.
Vikram Chandra: Microsoft Project and he recommends reading Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (2005).
Marisha Pessi: Excel
Debra Galant: Dramatica Pro
Each of the writers had a previous life in programming or finance, which made them comfortable with using software in creative projects.
Philip I of Castille, known as Philip (or Phil to his friends) the Handsome, great
grandson of Philip the Good. In between these two were Philip the OK and Philip the Nebish.
Phil I was the first Habsburg ruler of Spain and also the original author of Scrivener.
That explains Keith’s breaks. When he say’s he’ll not be available is because he intends to cross the English Channel on his way to check in the Spanish archives for yet another of the many musings Phil I left on Scrivener–though his contemporaries though he was writing about an automaton that would write poetry on demand.