I don't know if this is the sort of question I should ask here -- looking for input from more experienced group members. I've read the "about" document and read/answered some posts.
I'm a programmer/writer. Over the years, I've tried different fiction writing methods. You know ... index cards, Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org Writer, Scrivener, outlining the plot, not outlining the plot, and so on. I decided to write my own application for my own use. I have no plans to make the software commercial, although I may decide to make it public (open source). I want to ask for input from the group. Two reasons:
- Sometimes I get stuck (like now, trying to design the software interface for creating a new book)
- I think they may have good ideas that I haven't come across and would like to use them.
Also, I read that this group doesn't get as many questions as preferred (to exit beta status) and I'd like to help with that -- if I can figure out what is permitted to ask.
I'd like to ask the group small questions from time to time. For example, right now I'd like to ask "Here's how FrameMaker handles the bookbuilding process: create a blank book, add/delete/move component items, then save the 'book' container. It's basically the same paradigm as creating a new document in a word processor. In your experience, have you seen any other paradigms? For example, ask you to name the book first rather than last?"
Again, I apologize if this is an improper question or if I've missed something.