Writing on the Go

I made a similar post about this subject about a year ago. I wanted to make an update to show where I am now. As I’m not yet writing full time, life still dictates the need to write on the go, whenever I find the time. Here are the tools at my disposal:

I have switched from using an iPod Touch to a Motorola Droid with Verizon. In particular, I am a fan of this phone for the slide out keyboard. This comes in handy for three reasons. 1) the on-screen touch keyboard isn’t taking up space. In landscape mode, I have much more screen available. 2) Anectdotally, I feel like I type much faster due to the texture of the actual keyboard. 3) I don’t have the screen accidentally flip to portrait mode because I tilted it slightly. My wife doesn’t use the slide out keyboard and I suspect when we are up to replace the phones, we will be getting different phones :)

I still love Dropbox. This of course has simplified the process greatly. I currently sync through three devices.

I still have QuickOffice for Android, but I don’t use it as much as I used to. Unlike the iPod version, the Android version does not let you edit text files. You can read them, just no editing. I keep it around for editing documents if need be.

I’ve tried a variety of free text editors from the Android market. My favorite by far is Jota Text Editor. It works seemlessly with Dropbox. In particular, it is designed for use with long text files, which is usually the case for writers. The developer is often providing updates and new features to the app.

My home computer is still using a combination of WriteMonkey (for text) or OpenOffice (for docs).

Whether I am at the park or waiting at McDonalds for a birthday party to be over, these tools let me write on the go.

Keep writing.

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Author: Joshua

Joshua is a writer of SFF, leaning more to the fantasy side of the genre. Travel the road with me as I tell the stories.

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