If you are interested in becoming a writer or are doing just that, chances are you sometimes wonder about the software options for improving your writing efficiency. How do you organise your writers’ life and do you ponder the question:
I know, I’m a wannabe author who has been plugging along writing a Paranormal Romance for more years than I care to admit. I’m also a bit of a techie geek with a love for apps and hardware that will make my life easier. I remember fondly my very first Palm Pilot. How awesome it was to get my email and send messages while out and about, plus it had a calendar and address book. Brilliant! Especially as I was travelling at the time and didn’t want loads of books/paper to carry with me.
Writing has always been my passion, and this year is my year to shake things up and get published. So I’ve been looking at various ways to improve my writing and asking myself do authors need tech?
I hate the data entry and mundane repetitive side of manually keeping a diary, calendar and address book. Over the years I’ve tried and tested many, many different apps for writers (as well as in my professional life) and I’ve come to realise that you don’t really need them. At least you don’t need them all. All you need are a few items that work for you and your writing style.
We all approach life and our writing in a different way. Some are full-time writers, others have a family to work around, or a day job, or something that needs some of our focus. Some of us are list makers and followers, while others like to just pants it and see what happens next. Neither way is right or wrong, it’s all about what style suits you.
I’ve recently started to streamline the apps I have on my devices to only those I need, and actually, use. What I’m finding is that I don’t need the expensive options with bells n whistles. I just need a system that works for me. Of course, the bells n whistles options usually have a lot of integrations that help you move seamlessly through processes, but as a beginning author, I don’t need to be spending all that money upfront.
After several years of fitting my writing life around a day job, I have a system that works for me. I have also noticed that over the years I seem to be helping others with what I would consider simple tasks. Like booking an appointment with a colleague in a calendar, or how to update a spreadsheet with a lookup, and also formatting a document to load up to Amazon Kindle. That last one is for my mum who is in her 70’s and really struggles with computers and technology in general.
This then brought me to the idea to create TechTools4Authors. Other writers could be helped with just a little bit of knowledge sharing in a format that makes it simple and quick to understand.
Back to my original question: Do Authors need Tech? Well, that really depends on your writing style, but essentially a little bit of tech can really help streamline some of your day-to-day tasks. Plus finding the best writing software can make formatting easier once you are ready to publish.