The Write App user's manual and FAQ.

Welcome to The Write App EULA, manual, and FAQ. Let's start with the warnings and the EULA:

The write app is intended for creation of short stories under 25,000 words in length. If you wish to use the write app to create novella-length stories it is recommended that you break the story up into multiple Write App projects to avoid data loss.

Only one instance of The Write App should be open at a give time. In other words, do not open The Write App in two separate browser windows. The two instances will corrupt each other's data.

Regularly back up your project by either downloading copies, or saving copies to your Google Drive. Every effort has been made to make The Write App the best story editor available. However, all computers are volatile and all software has bugs. Never put 100% of your trust in computers or software when precious data (such as your story) is involved.

Here's the web site license:

Copyright 2015 Gene Davis Software

THIS SOFTWARE (INCLUDING THIS WEB SITE AND ALL ASSOCIATED SITES) 
IS PROVIDED BY GENE DAVIS SOFTWARE ``AS IS'' AND ANY
EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED.  IN NO EVENT SHALL GENE DAVIS SOFTWARE OR
ITS CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION)
HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE)
ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

That ends the web site license. The rest of this document describes use of The Write App.

Note: This Manual is still being written.

To contact the author with comments, feature requests, typos, or bug reports direct message me on Twitter @TGeneDavis.

 

 

Write

The Write App is a web app designed keeping story writers in mind. It's free for use, so starving authors don't have to give up one meal of mac and cheese or raman noodles just to do their writing. I think many writers will appreciate the "free" aspect of The Write App.

Saving Writing Projects

The Write App automatically stores your currently open writing project to local web browser memory. If the web browser and computer work properly and there are no massive solar flares, EMPs or other disasters, then you don't need to save your writing project every time you close your browser or turn off your computer. The next time you turn on your computer and open that web browser, your project is ready to continue.

The auto-save to local browser storage feature is nice. However, The Write App goes above and beyond by offering the ability to download projects and then upload them later. This is a great way to back up current writing projects, when you want to start a new writing project but don't want to lose your current project permanently. Simply download the project to your local download folder and back it up like you would any other file. Then, you can upload the writing project later on to start working on it again.

When downloading files, filenames use letters, numbers, dashes, and underscores. Spaces, symbols, and other characters that are not part of the English alphabet are removed before downloading projects or stories, because of web site security issues.

The Write App also provides Google Drive integration for users that frequently work from multiple devices or computers. The Write app allows you to save your work to your Goolge Drive, then open your writing project from another computer or device avoiding the hassle of copying downloaded project files between home computers, work computers, and school computers. When using the Google Drive options, remember to "Save" your work to your Google Drive before switching computers to have access to your latest work.

Note: Google Drive storage requires an active Google account (they're free, btw.)

Google Drive Oddities

The Write App integrates with Google APIs allowing '*.twa1' writing projects to be saved to your Google Drive. Google Drive does behave differently than a typical hard drive, so it is important to note some of the current oddities of Google Drive.

The Google Drive does not currently have a web app file chooser that supports traditional "Save As". Traditional "Save As" combines the features of saving a new file with the option of overwriting an existing unopened file. The current "Save As" supports creating a new project file with a new name, but not overwriting old unopened files.

Google Drive allows multiple files of the same name in the same directory. This could be convenient, sometimes. However, it is possible to get confused which file in the directory contains which data.

If a Google Drive '*.twa1' project file is renamed while the file is currently open in The Write App, then saving the writing project will rename the file back to its previous name.

If a Google Drive '*.twa1' project file is moved to the trash, or completely deleted while the project is open in The Write App, then "Save" results in a save to the non-existent file. Some people (*cough* me *cough*) may like to point out that this "feature" of Google Drive makes no sense, but it is what it is, so keep it in mind. To get around this, use "Save As" to create a new undeleted project file, if your current project file was deleted.


Frequently Asked Questions


I see the wrong Google Drive. How do I see the drive for another Google account?

Go to google.com and log out. Then, log into the desired account. Finally, return to The Write App and refresh the page. Now, the desired Google Drive should be available.


Why does The Write App not see my project on Google Drive when the page loads?

It is possible that you are logged into another Google account. Separate Google accounts have their own drive. To gain access to your saved Google account, go to google.com and log out of the current account and then log into the correct account. Then return to The Write App and refresh the page.

If the account has been deleted from the Google drive, then choose "Save As ..." from The Write App "File" menu and resave the project to the current drive.