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How to Write Anytime, Anywhere

      Inspiration can strike you in the strangest of places.

      When 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.

      Here’s 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 software.

      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?

      Easy.

      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 excuses!

      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!

      Incidentally, for 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?

      Keep Writing! 

Rob Parnell
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