I get some writing done by deleting some writing programs.

This makes sense if you think about it. Many word processors and text editors are out there now that are geared to the person writing a novel or a screen play — actually I think there are about three programs as well as any number of Word templates that are geared to screenwriters alone.

There’s just this pernicious belief that if you have a certain writing program, that it will automatically make you a better writer. The books will just pour out of you and all of your problems will be solved.

They won’t be solved, but they will be forgotten about temporarily while you move your story texts into the new program and get everything formatted just so, and fill out the little character templates and the little location templates. But then you won’t be getting any new writing done. You won’t realize it till some time afterwards when the novelty of the new program wears off and you again find yourself having to face the same damn blank screen again.

It always comes down to having to create again, which is what you bought the program for anyway — not to help you create but to help you avoid creating by pretending to create. “I can’t write my novel yet because I haven’t filled out all the little character information sheets yet.”

Therefore there are now several — surprisingly many — programs suddenly not on the computer any longer. Thoreau wrote Walden with a pencil; I can take a hint.