An Experiment in Technology

I’ve recently been wondering about the effects that different writing tools have on the act of writing. I’ve always been curious about this, and in the mid 1980s I even wrote a college thesis on the subject. I had created a questionnaire for my fellow students to see what, if any, effect that then-brand-new technology called word processing had on their writing.

Today, some 30 years later, I’ve reprised the question: is my writing any different on my laptop, my iPad, or my iPhone?

My writing instrument of choice is my laptop computer. It has a large screen, but what I like the most about it is the ability to switch quickly to a dictionary or a thesaurus when I need to, and the ability to Google® any subject I like.

My iPhone and iPad are both handy when I get an idea when I’m away from my computer. I can jot down a note, idea, or whatever and have it available when I get home again. I will admit that I prefer the iPad to the iPhone.

(I’ll list all of my writing software on the Writing Software page.)

Robyn Jane

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