Fun With Formatting

Formatting is fun, isn’t it?
When I write, I tend to write on pen and paper. Yes, I know, luddite, but tech just clouds my thought processes and I’d rather do it the old fashioned way. Plus it means you get to do a clean-up/redraft when it comes to typing the thing up. About five or six years ago, not long after I first got a computer (yes, luddite, shut up), I thought it was about time I typed up the endless stories clugging up my cupboard, so I did. Took months and months, but I did. You would think that would make it easier when it came time to self-publish, wouldn’t you?
Well, maybe you wouldn’t. The problem, of course, is formatting. See, I used Wordpad to type them up, didn’t even get Word till like four years ago (shut up) and didn’t even do that right, as it turns out. So now everything is crappily formatted, all over the place and everything else, and that’s not even counting the specific instructions you have to follow for the likes of Kindle and Smashwords. So, to cut a long story short… it’s taking me a while.
I suppose that’s good in a way, otherwise I’d just dump a hundred or so e-books on the net in the space of a week, which probably wouldn’t be a good idea either…


About iankiddy

I am a freelance writer and English ex-pat living in South Australia. I have writing experience in everything from published fiction (including my first fiction e-book, the science fiction adventure "Ian's Gang" which is now available on Kindle via Amazon) to ghostwriting non-fiction ebooks and articles. I served as script editor on two proposed horror feature film scripts for director Aleksandr Sokolyn ("The Two Men") and had a short comic skit shortlisted for inclusion in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2010. I am a long time lover of the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres (a fact reflected in much of my fiction), including the likes of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Buffy, X Files etc. View all posts by iankiddy

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