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The (re)Launch

Let’s try this again. A couple of health issues impacted my timeline on launching this blog, but they are no longer an issue. It’s time to move forward.

First, I would like to ask for idea submissions. I can blog about tech all day long, but I want to address issues other people are having. Additionally, I want to hear how other authors are using technology to be more productive. Please submit ideas or area of technology you are having trouble with to comments@theWriteTechnology.com.

One thing I intend to do is write this blog entirely in the cloud. Today, a writer should be able to write, submit, and publish from anywhere she chooses. There is no reason to be tied to a desk or tethered to an office or home network connection. Writing should be done from where the writer chooses. She should pick her comfort zone. Be free to choose a new writing location each day. Technology should free us, not bind us.

This entry was drafted using a service called Evernote. It works on all platforms. For the nontechnical types that means it can run on iOS, Android, MAC or a Windows PC. Most of this entry was created with an iPad 2 (using a Bluetooth keyboard) with an assist from my Android phone and some final editing from a Windows laptop. The point is, no matter what device I have access to, I can get to my draft and continue to work. This is particularly useful if you find yourself in waiting rooms or waiting in the car or sitting in the stands while the kiddies practice soccer.

No Internet or 3G connection? No problem. The paid version allows for offline notebooks. Once a notebook is downloaded you can work on it offline and resync it when you have service again.

You can record live audio and take pictures and send them directly to your Evernote account. If you are doing site research this can be a quick way to capture information.

If you are collaborating on a project, share you notebooks via the web. Everything is stored in the cloud and is instantly updated. You can attach you work in progress in its native file format too. I use Microsoft Word and have Documents To Go for Android and iPad allowing me to view and edit attachments.

There are other services out there, Google Docs being the obvious competitor, but few if any offer the flexibility of Evernote. Is Evernote the perfect writers companion? That depends on the writer and what the writer needs. It does work for me.

We’ll dive more into Evernote and other mobile apps on future posts. There’s a lot out there. Some of it will work for most people, some of it will only work for a few. Always go with what makes you most productive. After all writers should spend their time writing.

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Quick Update

I attended the Oklahoma Writers Conference this past weekend and as always it was most productive. The speakers and attendees provided several good ideas for future posts. Some agreed to provide content!

For theWriteTechnology, I have created a Facebook page (search for theWriteTechnology) and Twitter account (@theWriteTech). Both are blank so no need to rush over there, content is forth coming. I’ve also link the Google Apps with this account and have created email addresses, contact emails will be posted soon. The integration with Android was bit trickier than I anticipated. Why do the instructions never work as written? Even technical people are presented with a challenge now and then.

I’ve been working on this in five to thirty minute spurts. However, I’m just about at the point where everything will be ready for content and posting will begin on a regular basis.

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A New Blog

My name is Richard and I’m a writer.  No you’re not in a writers anonymous group, this is my new blog.

I’ve always been fascinated with writing.  My first story was written way way back when the (geek alert) Motorola 68OO was still a top of the line processor for what passed as computers.  The story was about a kid who hacked a computer system for fun and found himself in a lot of trouble.  The acoustic coupled modems, the floppy disks, the 48K of RAM, the well woven plot…but I digress.

A few years back I decided to pursue fiction writing and I have written hundreds of thousands of words since.  I have a stack of stories, some need to be edited, some are in various status of submission, and some will never see the life outside my office. And no, I am not currently published. During this journey I quickly discovered it was best to connect with other writers and draw on their experience.  After all it is the ultimate teacher. Interacting with other writers and listening to their challenges was a bit of an eye opener.

One of the first critique groups I participated in always involved, at least one writer, going on a rant about their computer or some form of tech they used to create their story. I kept thinking, writing should not be hard. I was always taught, a writer writes. Period. But these people were spending as much time fighting the tools of writing as they were writing. I saw a need.

I helped were I could, verbally, through email, and eventually started teaching a class at Tulsa Community College. So what qualifies me to help writers when I am yet to publish? I have an extensive and eclectic work history with technology. I’ve written several users manuals, how-to guides, basic instruction sets, more reports than I want to think about, and a few white papers. I have taught hundreds how to use applications, about network infrastructures, and some how to use their first computer. None of these endeavors would have been successful if I had spent more time fighting technology than using it to create the text.

There are several blogs, websites, (insert social media here) out there that address this subject. I now add my voice to that community. The plan is to post entries focused on using technology to create. This blog will explore other blogs, other websites, there will be how-to’s for applications, we’ll discuss eReaders, iPads, smartphones, smartpens, electronic submissions, and even some  older technology such as fountain pens (some were very high-tech for their day). And some entries will be devoted to reader problems.

The writing community has always helped me out when I needed it. This is my way of paying it forward.

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