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Is There a Write! Way to Blog?

I have been looking for alternative ways to post to my web site ever since I discovered WordPress were on the verge of introducing their new post editor, Gutenberg. Gutenberg will appeal to many, but it does not suit how I work at all. Earlier, I posted an article about this directly from my iPad, and I was really pleased with how well it worked. That is definitely an option for me now, writing in Byword on the iPad and posting directly to my site. However, I am always looking for more options and I really wanted a way to…

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Blogging by iPad

As someone who has worked as a web developer, I know how time consuming creating and maintaining a web site can be. Which is why WordPress is such a godsend for bloggers. It handles so much of the fiddly, technical stuff without fuss and leaves you free to concentrate on what you want to say. There is only one thing I really don’t like about WordPress. That is the post editor. I don’t like writing in a web browser at all. I use Scrivener for most of my writing, including blog posts. When I am ready to post I copy…

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Notes on a Tablet Addiction

It’s around seven years since I bought my first tablet. I didn’t really care what it could do, all I knew was I could hold a Star Trek Next Generation PADD in my hands, for real. The future had arrived! Since that momentous day I’ve had something of a love/hate relationship with these devices. I’ve lost count of how many I have had; more than a dozen I would think. Most have had their good points and their bad points. I’m still looking for the perfect one though, and they are still falling short. The HTC Flyer The first one…

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What’s The Best Way To Capture Your Ideas?

Note-taking for me has been something of a thorny issue for many years. I’m always on the lookout for a quick and easy way to capture my thoughts when I’m out and about and away from my computer. I have tried more or less everything but after many years of struggle I have finally found the best solution, for me at least.   Tablets and Smartphones I have been through a ton of these devices, from a Nexus 7 and iPad Mini to an iPod Touch and a Samsung Galaxy phone. I have tried them with their own notes apps,…

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Distraction-free Writing? Try Going Old School!

Since I started using Scrivener for my novels I can’t imagine life without it. I almost live in it. But as indispensable as it is, it does have one major drawback — it shares my laptop with a browser. Even though I use the wonderful composition mode, it doesn’t quite make Scrivener distraction free. It isn’t Scrivener’s fault of course, the same applies to Word or ZenWriter or whatever software you use. I’ll just be getting into the zone, half way through some wonderful dialogue, when a little warble grabs my attention. Someone has tweeted! Or it will be a…