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New Writing Tools

I write. A lot. It doesn’t matter where or when, if I have a few free minutes, I write. At the doctor’s office. On the bus. Sometimes when I’m grocery shopping, an idea will strike me and I’ll whip out my iPhone and write it down.

My iPhone is my main writing tool because I always have it with me. Well, not always—I don’t take it into the bathroom. But other than that, everywhere else. It’s small, handy, and it doesn’t take up much room in my purse.

About the only thing I don’t write with it is blog posts: I find it too limiting. But I will write a post in another app, then copy and paste it into my laptop, then transfer it into Open Live Writer (OLW),  my blogging tool of choice.

I first discovered OLW when Microsoft created it and made it available for free. Since then, Microsoft has abandoned it and turned it over to the free software community, which continues to support and improve it. The latest release is dated 23 May 2017, so it’s not updated all that often.

My Writing Toolbox

While I do most of my writing on my iPhone and iPad, there are three desktop programs I use as well. In addition to OLW, I also have Scrivener and Papyrus Author.

I’ve had Scrivener for a couple of years, but I rarely use it. I just found the learning curve too steep for my poor little brain.

I downloaded Papyrus Author (PA) last month out of curiosity, and have been playing around with it since then. It seems to do everything Scrivener does, but without the learning curve.

Besides, the basic version is free. If I decide to keep it, I’ll probably upgrade to the Pro version, which has several style analysis tools not offered in the basic version.

On the other hand, I have Grammarly Premium, so I might not need to upgrade after all.

I also have the free Grammarly keyboard on both of my mobile devices. The keyboard is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Both Papyrus Author and Scrivener are designed for heavy-duty, serious writing, and I can recommend both of them. Grammarly is like having a style manual at your fingertips.

Ulysses

I used to use Ulysses on my mobiles, but recently deleted it, because I wanted a tool I could use on all three of my machines, and Ulysses is only available for iOS and MacOS. Not Windows. But if you’ve got a Mac, give it a try.

Summing Up

That’s it for my laptop. In my next post, I’ll cover what I use on my iPhone and iPad.

Until then, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Scrivener On The iPad

Literature and Latte have just released the iOS version of Scrivener. I’ve touted the wonders of Scrivener elsewhere (here and here), and while I still use it extensively, I no longer use 750 Words. I still think it’s a valuable service, but I’ve moved all of my writing to Scrivener. I use Jarte for quick notes, which I later import into Scrivener, but all of my blogs are done in Open Live Writer and then copied to Scrivener. And now that I have Scrivener on my iPad, I’ll be reversing the process and doing everything in Scrivener, then copying it to Live Writer to post to my blog.

Let’s face it: as handy as they are, most of us don’t carry our laptops around with us everywhere we go, right? We have tablets for portable computing. My iPad Mini is my faithful companion (I’m going to ask Santa for a full-sized iPad Pro), and until now, getting articles from the WordPress app into Scrivener has been an arduous, complicated task. But no longer!

I’ve got Scrivener on both my PC and my iPad configured to save their files to DropBox, and to send backups to my iCloud account. I also have a 3 terabyte external drive that automagically saves all of my files, so I am in full compliance with Robyn’s First Rule of Computing. Remember that one? It says Be Paranoid and Compulsive!

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Or, in my case, about 2,600 miles. Next month will find me on the road (well, to be honest, the rail) to Seattle, WA. Stacey and I have finally decided the time is right to head home to the Upper Left Coast. I’ll be traveling by Amtrak, and I’m bringing my iPad, laptop, and camera to document my journey. Stacey and Fyona will follow later by car.

Once again, I’ll be handling the entire project in Scrivener. It will go a long way toward weaning me completely off MS Word, which with each “upgrade” becomes harder and harder to use.

But more on that in a future post.

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