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How to Write Anytime, Anywhere
Inspiration can strike you in the strangest of places.
you’re out and about, it’s frankly annoying to have
to scribble in little notebooks, on scraps of paper and restaurant
napkins - and then having to transcribe your work onto computers when
you get to one.
Thankfully, those days are over.
what you need to write anytime, anyplace, anywhere…
Scrivener (of course), Dropbox, and IA Writer.
Of course this
assumes you have more than one computer, a tablet and a mobile phone -
all of which can be linked using the aforementioned three pieces of
Here’s what I do:
Scrivener is installed on my main PC and my laptop.
When I write on
either, the files are saved to Dropbox - which means when I open a
Scrivener file it’s automatically downloaded from the Dropbox
cloud - so I’m always working on the same up to date version
- whichever computer I’m using.
As yet, Scrivener
doesn’t have an Android version - so what do I do when I need
to write on the go - on my tablet on even my cell?
IA Writer is a natty
little word processor which works on mobile devices and saves documents
in TEXT format - which I also save to Dropbox.
So, I can write
anywhere: on my PC, laptop, tablet or my cell phone… no more
Later, I can then IMPORT my IA Writer files into Scrivener.
Or, if I know
I’m going to want to work on a particular piece of writing I
can EXPORT a Scrivener chapter, for instance, into the IA Writer file
on Dropbox and open that file - wherever I happen to be:
In a cafe, a bar, on a train, at the mall, in my car, or even out in the countryside.
This is also how I work with my Sherlock Holmes collaborator, George Hogge.
We share a Scrivener
linked Dropbox file so that we’re always working on the most
up to date version of our co-written story.
Even though we’re on opposite sides of the world!
good measure, I also have Evernote installed on all my devices - so I
can access all my notes and research at any time - from anywhere!
Ah, technology, isn’t it wonderful?
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