Jesse Lawson

Software engineering, artificial intelligence, writing, and open-source tools

Feb 19, 2018 - Blog

Writers who are software developers

Whenever I talk to a writer who is also a software developer, there will undoubtedly be a point in our conversation where we are both talking about the hours and hours we’ve spent on writing tools for writers instead of actually writing. It’s almost like an inevitable tar that sticks to us and well never let go. It’s probably not that big of a deal, but I do know it affects how much fiction I focus on in a given week.

Sometimes I wonder if distractions are actually healthy, though. When I get a few pages down, I like to distract myself with another project to let what I was working on simmer a little bit. See, to me a story is like a pot roast: you have to get all the ingredients in there and just let it roast all day. I cannot and have never been one of those people who can just sit down and plot out a whole story and have that be it. Yes, I do a lot of organization and structuring beforehand, but it’s more a guide than a rigid framework.

Since I’ve been mostly working on software instead of writing, I figured I may as well update everyone on what I have been working on: a web app for writers to connect closer to their readers. I got sick of how Medium keeps putting literature authors and fiction storytellers in the backseat, so I decided to just roll my own service. Ambitious, I know, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.