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News from the writing-innovations front

Having heard the excellent advice about overcoming writer's block, paraphrased:

Write your words in a different, unreadable font like Webdings, so you can't see what you've written. Then go back the next day and untranslate it to see where to start for the next day, and continue writing in the unreadable font to prevent your internal editor from critiquing.

...I decided to follow it.

The writing went well enough as I dashed off the next piece of my GLORIOUS TALE (subtitled: Pixie Lights). And then I, being your usual impatient fellow, decided to untranslate it without waiting the aforementioned night.

When I switched the font to Times New Roman, though, I ran into a small problem.


screencap of Microsoft Word page, showing a document half rendered in Times New Roman and half-rendered in small square boxes and random pictures
MY GLORIOUS TALE, complete with typos (because I couldn't see)!


Word's inability to translate certain words seems to be random. There are parts of one word translated properly, and parts that aren't. Typoed words are translated properly in some cases and in other cases. So I switched the boxes (which is Word's way of freaking out and saying it can't render the text) back into Webdings and translated them manually.

I am getting good at reading Webdings, but next time, I think I'll just turn the colour of the font white.


Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/103634.html.

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it0376
Feb. 5th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
You could make a story out of it! Eg, the first line I can see with those lovely characters could become: "And as though the subway crashed and paramedics had to come to help out, he managed to hop on a boat and enter the Bermudas circle."

>.>

I mean.. Oh dear..

<.
silverflight8
Feb. 5th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
What? No comment about laser-shooting ponies?! I'm shocked! :D
insanepurin
Feb. 5th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's an idea I hadn't thought of before. :o I get distracted on Word 'cause I'm constantly flipping through fonts and wanting to pick the right one. XD Now's the time for Wingdings!
silverflight8
Feb. 5th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Heh, I just wish that Word would convert between its own fonts properly! I think I will start writing with invisible fonts, now, instead :P
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