Friday, January 11, 2013

Writing on the Run

By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine 

As 2012 rolled into 2013; did "write everyday" top your New Year resolution list? Then did the reality of your 2013 life kick in and your "write everyday" resolution wane? 

In the 21st century, I have a hard time finding time to spend in my cozy corner with a cup of warmth nearby while writing 2000 words a day on my novel. So I have found a way that works while I'm on the run and maybe it will work for you.

This is what is working for me. I have a smart phone with a couple of free apps that are helping me stick to my resolution. While waiting in carpool, doctor's appointments or any other time I find myself just waiting, I'm writing several times a day, everyday. 

"Notes" is the app I use to capture my writing on the run. This allows me to get the words down and has an auto-correct which is helpful but rudimentary. To check my word count, I use " WC Free". Just copy and paste from "Notes" to "WC Free". Very handy to chart when you have a word count issue. 

When I'm ready to edit, I simply email the item from "Notes". A quick copy and paste from my email to a word program and voila, my writing done on the run is a viable piece of work to be edited. 

Let's face it we have to have words on paper in order to go through an edit process. Can you think of your time on the run when you could be writing, too? 

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