Yesterday I declared I am some kind of a writer. Today I need to flaunt my writing tools. These are writing apps I use. I have outlining and editing tools which I will need another blogpost to write about.
For really long form writing like a novella, screenplay or a novel. (These are dream projects which I might never finish or undertake.) I think scrivener is the best tool out there. For outlined writing like a blogpost I mostly use Highland 2 . I also have rightmargin which is great for planning a blogpost. But I never get time to plan a blogpost. Most of the blogposts are ideas and is written down in 15/30 minutes like this one.
For my personal blog I am using Author which is my new love. It can publish automatically to wordpress and is just super neat. It also helps you insert citations and links with keyboard shortcuts.
Some other tools I like for writing
Focused is a great tool if you want to go on a marathon writing session. It really helps you focussed. There is Ulysses which is also pretty good.
Do you have any favourite writing apps?
Doing deep meaningful focussed work brings you joy
Man, I just cannot focus. The joy of doing deep focussed work also know as “flow” is lost for me. Up until now, I just didn’t think I had the tools to focus deep work.
But recently I have discovered some wonderful productivity tools like taskheat which helps me plan my projects by breaking it down in to a flow chart. But before you can focus, you need to know what the hell should you focus on. It shouldn’t happen that you focus on some project and then after wasting years you regret it. I am using Airfous for prioritisation.
Once I am decided on the one task I need to accomplish, I use one of the most simplistic app called Flowlist. This app is just amazing to just focus on that one thing you need to dig deep into.
I am an advanced app user. I have never been able to use a paper to jot down my ideas. I am a digital first inspite of belonging to Zen X. If you have been doing this on paper, you are miles ahead of me. But I am catching up soon on getting focussed and experiencing the joy of deep meaningful work.
I need acesss. Access to what you may ask? Access to people mainly.
I got into media business not really knowing what media business is. I created hyperlocal media news and information sites. Now the problem is to get stories you need access. It is people who give you information from which you write stories.
The Ethical Dilemma on how to get access.
There is a way to get access. Tell the person who gives you information that you will bat for him. You will promote him or her or their interest. You go to thier parties, drink their booze to gain their confidence. You become part of their group. This is something I am not good at. I also find it unethical. How do I remain impartial and unbiased. The energy I derive to do my unpaying work is through my value of ethics. So the moment I compromise my ethics to get stories, i lose interest in running my media business. This is a complex dilemma.
Can you get access without compromising on your ethics and integirty?
Barkha Dutt in the Radia Tapes scam says, she was just cultivating a source and not compromising her journalistic values. But the moment misleading the souce/access you are compromised in my opinion.
New Paradigm to get access
Now what if the source comes to you instead of you going to him. This is much better scenario to gain access. The big question is why would a source come to you?
Now this is how you reverse engineer a source. You don’t go asking for access, but engineer it that the access comes to you.
Some examples of access coming to you
- A college principal going to the student and offering her/him the best course in college and waving off fees.
- A politician offering help with news and information cause he needs the story published.
- People thinking that you can solve their problems like a fake Sadhu/doctor who gives you placebo pills
I have been following closely the #metoo movement on twitter. There were some #metoo cases which were mover like drunk sex or bad sex stories. Some stories like Alok Nath and M J Akbar were very serious. What I observed that even the most authentic feminist was also basking on the RT and likes she was getting.
Well, we are all human and there is nothing wrong with it. As you know the movement has been labelled as Elitist. We also know that these so called Elitist woman have the responsibility of earning their own living. In Urban India, most of the couples are double income families. To pay the bills in this age of inflation, both husband wives have to earn.
The women are also under extreme stress to earn a living. If she is single than God help her. She has to pay her rents and gym fees also. It is no surprise that these working women are angry on the bro’s whose cash registers are ringing. These bro’s have money and woman until he is outed in a #metoo story.
What most women don’t realise and are blinded that this is also a phase when there are more people applying for Jobs. Since there are more people who are in a job. The salary which would be given to one person is now divided in two or three. For people who cannot afford that pitiful salary there is the gig economy, where you don’t know when the next gig is coming.
India will soon have more than 50% of the population below the age of 25. Women will be under pressure to get a job. The anger at men who will stop her at doing so is going to increase. To add to this by 2035 or is it 2050 half the population is going to live in cities.
How do we diffuse this situation
It’s a global trend. Why didn’t #metoo happen in the 60’s and the 70’s when one earning member could support the family? No there is not going to be a war between men and women, but we are certainly going to see a lot of single men and single women with broken hearts around.
The entire #metoo movement got me thinking. Most of the transgressions had appeared at the workplace because the personal/professional space was not respected.
If only people knew that someone who calls you for a drink and dinner late in the night, might also start thinking to try a few tricks.
As the saying goes.
Temptation comes often but opportunity comes seldom.