“Wait, where did I put those notes on that character I created way back in chapter 6?”
“How the hell did I write myself into a corner? This plot isn’t working.”
“What if no one thinks it’s any good? Maybe I should make some more edits before I share this…ever.”
“I’d write this week but I’ve got to meet this deadline. I’ll make sure to set aside some time next week…”
Any of those thoughts sound remotely familiar? They are to me. In general, nothing peeves me more than having thought a lot about what I want to write but not making time for it because of lame excuses or low self esteem. Or worse, making the time and space to write with my favorite cup of tea and scrumptious treat for a few hours and realizing I…can’t. What a waste of a perfectly made cup of inspiration. I mean tea. Same thing.
What is this strange phenomenon that makes running a marathon seem easier than putting words down on paper? Why does it happen?
Sometimes it’s a matter of the great many tools you use to write. I for one get frustrated having to switch between my main draft document and notes and outlines. Or having to stop writing to track down stray thoughts or scribbles made on pen and paper while away from my computer.
Sometimes it’s a matter of you getting in the way of yourself. How many times have you written yourself into a corner, or realized the sheer amount of editing and revising you need to do, and felt like the easier thing to do is stop writing? Raising your hand in empathy yet?
Writing is hard people! And it’s not easy to be a successful writer (whatever that means) because hell, it’s become a lot more engaging to read 5,000 words in the form of tweets, Facebook and Reddit comments than half a chapter of Pride and Prejudice.
Plus, it seems like just about everyone but you is writing these days. “I’ve run out of new books to read,” said no one ever.
Let’s get this straight. I’m not about to share 7 secrets to becoming the next bestseller. Although that would be cool. Yes, how you publish and market your finished work is important. But there are so many of us who haven’t even gotten to that point or wish we had spent more time in that vague, untalked about ‘middle’ process of writing. You know, the space between getting inspired with a story or message, putting down your first few hundred words and…well, finishing. It’s been assumed to be a very unique journey for every writer and if a writer needs to stand on her head for 10 minutes before putting down a single word that day, well, don’t mess with it. Writing is an incredibly unique and personal process that can’t be the same for all writers.
But in fact, writers do have common tools they use to practically write these days. Like pens, paper and computers. And how we write practically should evolve with the technology of the times.
I mean, how is it that we’ve managed, as writers, to collectively move from predominantly using feather and ink, to typewriters and then to computers and MS Word…but no further in the last 20+ years? I’m here to tell you that we are capable of moving onwards, that this isn’t like waiting for teleportation or warp drive. This is now. This is TheRightMargin.
However, this is not a new tool. In fact, the last thing TheRightMargin is trying to do is force writers to change your writing style. It’s a digital workspace solving problems the way the computer did for writers with just typewriters. Rather than just being another tool to add to your arsenal, TRM is a holistic writing platform that makes your life easier but steps out of the way of your creativity. I want you to get busy turning your inspiration and imagination into written word instead of dealing with the things that block you from telling your story and achieving your writing goals.
So, right off the bat, you’re skeptically thinking, ‘Okay, how is TheRightMargin different from the other tools out there, especially MS Word, which I would happily strangle if I could?’
Hah, I totally would too, but solid question. Here are some answers:
- TheRightMargin is an all in one workspace. This is all about context switching people. Number one reason I wasted my precious time I set aside for writing is because of the many multiple tools I’d use to store, edit and ultimately access work, notes, outlines, etc. It’s time to put it all in one place. BUT, it goes above and beyond that because, well, it’s an overachiever.
- TheRightMargin helps you remember and structure your work. Long-form content has a lot of words. Before you snicker, what I mean is, it’s almost impossible to keep the mental model of research, themes, characters, plots and content in your head, at all times. Imagine being able to sort it out smartly through digital index cards that are tagged to relevant content in your draft and you can easily access it and edit it as your story evolves. It’s like your very own smart story processor.
- TheRightMargin keeps you on track. Being motivated to put words on paper is a PAIN. And sorry to have to break it to you, but you have to do it in order to be a good writer –well a writer at all – actually. But, I get it, it’s hard to build a necessary habit. And hell, I’ll admit, I consider myself successful if I floss once per week. TheRightMargin lets you pick what you want your goals and habits to be and then plays coach. The kind that doesn’t make you run laps, luckily.
And this is just the beginning. I’m heading a very talented team of writers who also happen to be in tech, and our mission is to further the cause of the writer every step of the way through smarter software that makes writing less painful and by listening to you, the writer.
It used to be that hard drives and word processors were the next big thing. Computers and MS Word revolutionized the way writers with feather pens and typewriters formerly told stories, expressed experiences and taught through ideas. Imagine what a cloud-based, story processing writing revolution could do to influence the way we inspire through word. It’s the next step. TheRightMargin, if you will.
So what are you waiting for? Get comfortable and start writing. We’ll be listening to your feedback and hope you’ll help us shape the next technological evolution of how the world writes tomorrow.
Shivani Bhargava, CEO & Founder