Creative writing and technology may not seem obvious partners, but the interface between the two is really taking off. Even if they don’t admit it, many writers are now using DragonDictate, Scrivener, Evernote and all sorts of new hardware and software to make the job of writing easier.
If you have a romantic view of writing – all scratchy pens, dog-eared notebooks and fevered scribbling – then you’re possibly appalled. If so, let’s part ways now! In my view, that scratchy pen is a high-tech industrial product, that dog-eared notebook a sophisticated arrangement of pulped trees. Writers have always sought easier, more productive ways to write – ever since the first rune carvers threw away their knives and made ink from boiled oak galls. Fast forward through quills, Gutenberg, bics and typewriters and we’re now at the next stage: the age of electronics.
As a professional writer who gets occasional bouts of RSI, I’m happy to embrace anything that helps me write better. I’m also curious about where things are heading, and enjoy experimenting.
So here’s a gathering of tech tools you may find helpful. I’ve tried and used them all.