Can technology help authors write a book?

Celebrated American author Clemens was very dismissive of individuals who think it’s possible for somebody to find out the way to write a completely unique .

“A man who isn’t born with the novel-writing gift features a troublesome time of it when he tries to create a completely unique ,” he said. “He has no clear idea of his story. In fact, he has no story.”

British writer Stephen Fry puts it differently . He says that successful authors are those that know just how difficult it’s to write down a book.

Every year round the world a whopping 2.2 million books are published, consistent with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), which monitors the amount . The figure includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.

For most of those authors the writing process is comparatively unchanged since Twain’s heyday within the late 19th Century. Plot outlines and concepts are written right down to be deciphered, developed and refined over time.

These days, however, technology is increasingly making the lifetime of an author a touch easier.

For Michael Green, a US data scientist turned novelist, the necessity to use technology to simplify and streamline the writing process came when he was within the middle of writing his first book.

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image captionMichael Green came up with the thought for the digital platform Lynit to assist his own writing problems
With 500 pages of a posh story written, he recalls that the method had become difficult to manage: “In the midst of editing, I need to the purpose where I started feeling like I had tons of plots and characters.”

“I had of these documents on the deeper aspects of the planet i used to be creating. i used to be worried about having the ability to stay track of it all. That’s once I switched into my more data science-minded approach to solving a posh problem with tons of various pieces.”

The end result was that Mr Green created Lynit, a digital platform that helps authors visualise, plan and weave together the varied elements – like characters, plot arcs, themes and key events – that form a story.

The app is now in its beta stage, and is being tested by variety of writers. Currently liberal to use, users can draw and update intricate digital templates or story maps.

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image captionWriters can use Lynit during a very detailed way
Mr Green says that a lot of novelists begin their work with little quite a general idea of a plot or a specific character. With Lynit he says that the method of adding to the present initial idea is simplified.

“As the author gets a replacement concept they need to bring into the story, they’re ready to input it into a natural framework. They’re building a visualization.

“Piece by piece, they’re adding to the story. As new ideas are available they modify , maybe by creating new nodes [or interactions], new relationships.”

Once a writer possesses his or her book published, technology is now also being increasingly wont to help authors connect with their readers.

Mark Twain
image captionIt is safe to mention that Clemens would have had little time for the suggestion that technology can help writers
This can be via the straightforward use of social media, with some writers happy to talk at length to their fans. Alternatively, authors can address specialist firms like Chicago-based Hiitide.

Its website and app allows writers to participate in live paid-for question and answer sessions with their readers. And writers of self-help books can create and earn money from learning courses.

Evan Shy, Hiitide’s chief executive, says that the courses are “immersive workbook versions of the books”. “They assist you better understand the fabric , and integrate its principles into lifestyle .”

As an example, he points to Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is that the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, which largely draws its inspiration from the traditional Greek philosophy of stoicism.

“Users don’t just study stoicism [via the Hiitide course],” says Mr Shy. “They can decide which virtues they need to embody and be held in charge of those a day ,

“And they will participate in an exclusive Q&A with Ryan Holiday himself about the book.”

Evan Shy
image captionEvan Shy says that Hiitide can help writers make extra money
Another tech firm, California-based Crazy Maple Studios, says it helps authors bring their books to life.

Instead of just giving the readers words on a page, its four apps – Chapters, Scream, Spotlight and Kiss – add animation, music, sound effects and even game play to digital books – whereby the reader can decide what a personality does.

“The digital revolution and therefore the advent of e-readers made the primary big shift within the publishing industry,” says Joey Jia, the firm’s founder and chief executive. “It lessened the impact of ‘gatekeepers’, but it didn’t go far enough.”

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According to Mr Jia, authors are likely to increasingly address technology as a results of a requirement to compete during a world during which potential readers have many options on the way to spend their leisure .

Experts, however, still caution against an overreliance on technologies aimed toward helping writers.

Crazy Maple Studios
image captionCrazy Maple Studios can turn books into graphic novels
“Technology also can be distracting, particularly if you’re one step faraway from social media, or jumping down a search hole,” says Melissa Haveman, a ghost writer and author coach.

“A quick five minutes can sometimes cause hours of lost writing time. one among the pieces of recommendation I’d give on technology is to seek out work what works for your personality and natural writing styles, then use it.

“But authors can sometimes fall under the trap of trying everything within the hope that it’ll be the magic piece, which really just turns into another distraction.”

Yet Michael Green says he believes technology will become even more prominent as a replacement – and a tech-savvy – generation of writers becomes more prominent.

“What I’m finding with the Generation Z and even younger writers is that they are trying to find technology to offer them guidance,” he says. “They see it as a tool to find out and grow with, instead of extra work.”