Technology I Use For Writing

Yesterday I told you about what I use to write my novel from a software perspective. Today I want to tell you about the technology I use. The Kindle did not make the cut. I was so mad that I considered not even offering my book on Kindle. I am joking, that would be ignorant.

Moving on. I have mentioned before that I love technology. That’s a blessing and a curse when writing a novel because you’re always wondering if there’s something better out there that you’re not aware of.

I’m not going to go into what’s out there because there are a lot of options. I’m going to stick to the two devices that I use daily.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

This is honestly the best phone that I have ever used. Before this I was using an iPhone 7 and a iPhone 6s Plus. I chose the Note 10+ for the large screen and the pen. I’m in my mid thirties so I remember a time when all of my writing was done with pen and paper. This phone lets me go back to that, but I can save my work online. It’s awesome!

I use it to take lots of notes. If I think of something for my novel I can pull out the pen and write on the screen without turning the phone on. That may be my favorite feature. I also enjoy writing my novel by hand and seeing it becomes text on the screen.

Chromebook

I have talked about the Chromebook before and I still love it. It’s been a few months now and it’s still fast, I can do 99% of what I want, and I can’t play Sims. Playing Sims while claiming I was using it to plot novels is why I never got anything done. Without Sims I have written over 28,000 words. 

I also like the Chromebook because it’s simple. Over 99% of the stuff I need is online and that’s where Chrome OS puts it. There are very few apps on the desktop. It’s great!

So those are the two things I use the most. I am adding a Windows tablet with a keyboard because I really want to try Scrivener. Once I give it a good run I may update this post.

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What I Am Using to Write My Novel

I have always been an iPhone and Android tablet user, but when I decided to write my book I had a hard time finding anything that worked across both platforms. It seems like most writers prefer Apple. I kind of get that, but Android offers more storage for less money and there are phones available with a Stylus (Samsung Galaxy note series and the LG Stylo 5). You can’t use Apple pen on an iPhone which is dumb to me.

So, what do I use? Well, I discovered Novlr during NaNoWriMo and it was great! It’s website based so you just go to Novlr.org and you can write your novel. It keeps your chapters in order and you can write on any device. It’s amazing! Unless you write on your Kindle and it decides when you delete one word to delete everything on that page. The only drawback for me (besides the Kindle) was when I decided to change a character’s name around chapter twenty-three and there’s no find & replace option. It may be coming, but that’s something that would make me switch back to Google Docs.

After using Novlr for almost thirty days, I discovered Dabble. Dabble is Scrivener without the learning curve. You can have your book, character profiles, and notes all in one place. What I didn’t like was how it formats your novel for you. Dialogue does not get indented, but Dabble does it anyway. That’s frustrating, but it’s still a neat tool.

Another website I found is Hiveword. If you are a planner then I think you will love it. You can plan characters, scenes, settings, chapters.  Pretty much everything. It only works on a computer. It’s a tiny screen even on a 10″ tablet. That’s okay, though, because it is still awesome. I didn’t use their novel writing software so I can’t say if it’s great or not.

If you are wondering why I was trying so many things when Google Docs is free, I’ll explain. First, writing a 50,000 word document and then trying to find the section you want to edit is a nightmare. You can break it down into chapters, but while it’s a work in progress your chapters are going to be shifted around. Unless you number them, but I have moved chapters before. It’s time consuming when you have 30 chapters and decide to add a chapter between say 2 and 3. Now chapters three through twenty have to be re-numbered. Actually, they have to be first. It’s time consuming when all you want to do is write your novel.

So the point is that nothing is perfect. I recommend trying a few of these if you’re curious. I will write about Scrivener once I try it out next week. For now, I think this is a good start.

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NaNoWriMo

You may have never heard of NaNoWriMo before. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. Yes, I am telling you about it too late or too early depending on how you want to look at it. I participated this year, but I started on the 4th because I forgot. That plus not being consistent lead to my novel only hitting 28,109 words, but I’m happy. The longest novel I ever wrote was 21,000 words when I was fourteen. It was my pride and joy, I worked on it endlessly. Then my MS Dos computer died taking my novel with it. Yes, it still hurts.

My point in all of this is that December has just started and soon it will be 2020. I want to encourage you to choose a day and for thirty days do something that has meaning for you. For me, it is still NaNoWriMo. My novel means a lot to me and I feel the story must be told, so that is my focus. Starting today (December 1st) I am giving myself until the 31st at 11:59pm to complete my first draft.

Your goal doesn’t have to be writing. It can be something else creative that you enjoy or it can be working on an area of your life that needs improvement. Tell me what you’re going to do in comments, I’ll hold you accountable as you hold me accountable. Thank you for visiting the Berry Cottage today!