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I’ve developed the habit of carrying a pocket-sized spiral-ring notebook with me everywhere. I can’t believe I’ve never done it before as it’s been extremely rewarding for me. I don’t have to worry about forgetting ideas anymore, as I can write them down as soon as I have them. It also gives me a chronology of how my ideas are developing and evolving, which has been fun to look back on.  I am currently writing in my 3rd notebook, meaning that I already have 300 pages of notebooks filled up. Unfortunately, I discovered that it’s impossible to find anything I’ve written down, even after flipping through page after page. So now I’m in the process of digitizing the notebooks, transcribing their contents into Word for organization and categorization. Unfortunately, I severely underestimated the task. Half the first notebook took me 2 hours to input and filled up 10 pages in word. So it looks like I have 40 digital pages of notes already, which is about twice as much as the actual story narrative I’ve written. Lots of work ahead of me there.

What’s more, I found this site I Write Like which analyzes writing samples and tells you which famous author they resemble. I’m not too certain of the process behind it, although due to curiosity I emailed them asking for an explanation. At any rate, His Story so far was correlated to the style of William Gibson.  Her Story came back as Stephen King. And Gabriel’s story computed to David Foster Wallace, with whom I’m not at all familiar.  I was surprised and pleased by these results.  My goal has been to cultivate different writing styles that will reflect the nature of the characters they embody, similar to how I was able to craft different personas for the stories and roleplay I did within The Matrix Online.  The fact that the three stories were related to three different authors inspires some confidence that I’m achieving that goal.  And that the first two were compared to Gibson and King, authors who I respect and whose writing I’ve enjoyed immensely, well that’s icing on the cake.  I’ll be interested in running my writing through I Write Like in the future to make sure the three stories retain separate styles.

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