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Tales of a Modern Writer – The Beginning

The Beginning

First off, let me just say I couldn’t survive in an era without technology. It opens so many doors for me to accomplish things that weren’t possible for me growing up. I imagine my young life would have been quite different with access to the tools I have today. I would have been able to start my writing career much sooner.creative writing 386

Technology is essential, not just to me but to many kids who once would have been dismissed as lazy or incapable. I grew up with ADHD, a disorder I’d never even heard of until I got to college. It wasn’t diagnosed as regularly as today, and medication certainly wasn’t as well-accepted. I was fortunate. My intelligence got me by, though I did have my fair share of troubles. I never realized my potential. I thought “good enough” was my best. In my second year of teaching, I was finally diagnosed. A whole new world was opened up for me. I was still ADHD, but I had acquired my first tool in my arsenal to accomplish my dreams.

Technology opened many new doors. I’d already begun using it as a means for connecting with people, finding new ways to cope in my life. Once I discovered the power behind technology, I began to embrace it wholeheartedly. Before I knew it, I came to rely on all sorts of programs and devices to keep me organized. Most importantly, it was tech that allowed me to start writing.

Had these tools been available when I was younger, I might have started my writing career much sooner. The tools I really needed, however, hadn’t been invented yet. I needed portability and the ability to keep track of everything I wanted to work on. With a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally found what works for me.

In future posts, I’ll talk about each of the tools and programs I use to compensate for my shortcomings. I will share what works best for me. As a writer, experimentation is essential as you find the right development process. If you’re like me, some of these tools may just make it possible for you to achieve your goals!

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Writing on the iPad

You know, some people are so adamant about how awful the iPad is for writing novels. I sincerely beg to differ! The iPad has changed how I write novels. I’m not longer bound to a desk or table on a large computer that I can’t move. Or even chained to a laptop because , seriously, as portable as they are, there is still much to be desired on being able to crack one open on a whim and bang out a paragraph or two. Of course there are those that cry out, “Buy a MacBook Air already!” Well for those rich snobs that can afford one, more power to ya! There’s only one accessory I need for my iPad to make it the perfect writing tool, a wireless keyboard. While I have become pretty proficient at typing on the on-screen keyboard, I find that it is a bit cumbersome for long jaunts. The thing that makes the iPad so useful as a writing tool is that it’s portable enough that I can keep it with me no matter where I am. I find myself jotting down ideas, writing paragraphs, editing sections that I’ve had an epiphany about. Best things is, I don’t have to remember the change until I get home. I can whip out the iPad and make the change without missing a beat! I’ve written both of my books on the iPad and I don’t plan to change. It’s the best tool yet for my writing. I’ll talk more about the apps I use soon, but if you use an iPad to write, share your successes and struggles!

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Technology and Writing

One of the best things about being a writer today is all of the fascinating gadgets and tools that are out there to help shape your craft. A lot of people are stuck in the old paper and pencil trap and feel that is the only way to truly get any writing done. Since the advent of computers, it has transformed writing. For the first time, writers didn’t have to worry about rewriting and carrying around hundreds of sheets of paper. Writers can now edit on the fly with word processors and move details around at will.

The most recent piece of technology that I have found to be useful is the iPad. I’ve read a lot of things about how horrible the iPad is for writing, but I beg to differ. For the past two years, I’ve worked mostly on the iPad to write my current project. It is especially useful for editing and revising. Rather than having to be stuck at a desk or table with your bulky laptop (assuming you haven’t purchased an ultra-light laptop), you can sit comfortably in bed, on the couch, or even at the coffee shop and browse through your story, making necessary changes along the way.

It’s most useful for those spur-of-the moment ideas that tend to hit you when you don’t have your laptop with you. I’m notorious for popping up in bed in the middle of the night and wanting to make a quick change that I just thought of. The thought of opening my laptop and waiting for it to boot in the middle of the night is agonizing. With the iPad, I just pop it off the stand, make my change, and drop it right back in. Done! It truly has been a lifesaver for me and my writing.

The other complaint I hear is that people don’t like to type on the iPad. I tell ya, I had a bit of trouble at first, but now I’ve gotten to where I can type on it pretty well and if typing on the screen is uncomfortable, there’s always that nifty Bluetooth keyboard. There are so many tools on the iPad that I’ve found is helpful in organizing my thoughts, planning scenes, keeping track of plot points, and even throwing together some rough ideas for artwork. If you have any thoughts on the iPad or other technologies, please share! Perhaps you can inspire a writer to try some new tools!

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