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When I started writing a few years ago, I was all for writing by hand. It kept me distraction-free, in touch with paper, and I could change the color of pens or the texture of paper as and when I wanted
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While this was all very good when writing short stories, I balked at the thought of writing 100k by hand. So whether I liked it or not, I switched to writing first drafts on the laptop.
Now, there are sites I use: Google for (some of the) research, Thesaurus.com for when I need the right words, Dropbox for when I need to switch between devices.
I use Scrivener for my novel, the Pages app for when I’m writing on my iPad (it has a bluetooth keyboard, and is lighter to lug around). I use the Notes app to write down everything from recipes to new writing thoughts or sentences.
I’d of course be lost without email (betareads, mentoring, crit exchanges, and online writing forums).
In this article, they talk about a few of the other apps that a writer may use from grammar, spell checks, writing advice and connections to the marketplace. Check it out– it’s worth your time.
I’m still looking for a good text to speech app (for those days when I’m just not able to read my work aloud), and a speech to text app (for days when my back won’t let me sit up and write). I’ve tried Siri, but she doesn’t understand my pronunciation. Any and all suggestions welcome.
What about you? What are the technologies and apps you use to make your life as a writer easier?