Ian D Scofield, Writer

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Thriller and Freelance

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Calligraphr: Turn Your Handwriting Into a Font

As a writer I spend a lot of time typing on the computer and I like to break up the monotony by changing up the font.  While I can’t deliver most orders in handwriting fonts, I have a special attraction to writing with handwritten fonts.  One thing that I thought would always be cool would be to have my handwriting turned into a font.  In the past though, they used to charge for such as service and that was frustrating.  Now you have an option, Calligraphr.

Calligraphr is a website that allows you to write on a piece of paper then scan it into the computer.  Once scanned into the computer, your handwriting can quickly become a font.  The website can automatically convert your handwriting with no additional work needed by you.  I saw this and had to try it.  On the same day I found out about the website, I created an account and started to make my handwriting a font.

My first try was not that impressive.  It came out looking all uneven with sizes not matching.  Then I realized that it was because the printer printed the lines on the boxes haphazardly.  Now I went through and redid the writing and subscribed to a premium account temporarily.  This allowed me to add more characters and to edit them once I uploaded them.  My font is now nice enough that I can read it easily on the computer.

Here is a sample of it:

Calligraphr Sample

I am not getting paid to talk about Calligraphr so when I say that I have really enjoyed it as a fun writing tool, you can take my word.  Head on over and try making your own font.  With a little bit of extra work you can even make a really nice font for free without having to subscribe.  I just wanted to save some time and make my font extra nice.

Why Writers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Other Writers

One question that I get asked quite a lot is: are you jealous/afraid/hostile towards other writers?  With competition that goes on in other industries and in other hobbies, it is a reasonable question.  My answer is no, I am not.

I myself write because I find it fun.  Both my professional writing and hobby writing are all derived from the fact that I find the writing process challenging but at the same time, it is an escape from stress and anxiety.  If I am doing this for fun, why should I find anyone else a threat to my writing?

At the same time, I acknowledge that my professional writing is a business and I do have to attract clients to my services.  But that doesn’t mean I am competitive.  Every writer has their own niches that they work in.  I am upfront with clients when I don’t believe I can complete the work that they need.

When it comes to my fiction writing, I also believe that everyone has their own niche.  While one person may write about a magical kingdom, it won’t be the same as someone else’s kingdom.  Even if some of the ideas are similar.  This is because every person’s characters develop differently and are unique.

I encourage everyone who wants to write to take up the hobby.  It is a great way to learn more about yourself and to improve your general writing ability.  My love of writing has gotten me jobs but it has also allowed me to take on additional tasks at work such as report reviewing.

Do you want to take up writing?  Find a pen and paper, or a keyboard, and start writing today!

Amazon Lawsuits

Amazon Lawsuits Against Fiverr Writers [News]

If you are like me you probably hate fake reviews.  They give you false help when trying to decide between products and can sometimes lead to buying the wrong product.  It is even more frustrating when these product reviews stay up despite the fact that they are fake.  Finally Amazon is taking action against these reviews with Amazon lawsuits.

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