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    Anyone else write on their phones?

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Jarvis XIX, Aug 27, 2016.

    As a builder, I do quite a bit of travelling and commuting, and a building site or a messy van is no place for a laptop. I have written a fair chunk of what I've done for my novel so far on Office for my Windows phone. Does anyone else use their phones and if so...do you know a better app than Office? It's doing my nut in now.
     
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    A single sentence text message is enough for me. The thought of writing creatively on my phone makes me feel very very ill.
     
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    Same here. I hate writing on my iPhone. The view is better sometimes but never the typing.
     
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    It definitely sucks, but needs must. I like to catch the stuff my brain produces as quickly as possible.
     
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    I don't write much on my phone, but I do use the voice recorder to dictate into it if I have ideas when I am out and transcribe them when I am back at my laptop.
     
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    Notepad and pencil?

    Anything but an effing phone, surely??
     
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    When I write shit down in notepads, I always end up misplacing the notepad. That doesn't happen with my phone. I can keep a note document of any length to be looked at literally any time I need to. It's a habit that is proving invaluable recently.
     
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    I also find the simplicity of just sending what I've written on my phone to my OneDrive or whatever so I can just copy and paste it across is pretty invaluable.

    Its not so bad when you get used to it, I type quite quickly on my phone now, much quicker than I write by hand.

    My handwriting is also pretty atrocious, haha.
     
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    Well, each to their own, chaps :)

    I'm glad it works so well for yous, but I'll stick to my notepad and pencil.... or at least I would if I ever took notes :meh:
     
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    I have a folding near-full-size keyboard for my Palm Visor. If those are available for phones, maybe. Otherwise, no.
     
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    The only thing I ever wrote on my phone was the word 'Condemned' - and that
    was with a black marker.

    Got rid of the mobile years ago. Believe it or not, I'm still alive. But I understand
    most people treat their phones like Tamagotchis. So it might be difficult to let
    go of the little creature - it's become their life. They probably can't imagine
    a life without obsessive communication, selfies and touchscreens. In fact,
    the mobile is a life-support system for millions of insecure people.

    I think for most people nowadays the mobile device is their first experience
    of love and romance; their first encounter of deep connection and emotioncon.
     
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    Tried, but it's too hard.
     
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    I aspire to live my entire life without a smartphone, so no. :)
     
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    Yep. It's not ideal, and of course I prefer having the time to write on my Mac, but sometimes needs must, and I don't always have my Mac available to me.

    I use my Samsung S7 Edge with WriterPro. I've been through quite a few but I'm quite picky with what the screen looks like when I'm writing - I like it to be plain.
     
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    An amazing little device those smart phones, capable of so many extraordinary things we now take for granted. That is the real folly.

    Drop the word smart from the equation and it does what a phone always did just fine.

    I am not big on cramming everything into everything and calling it smart, let alone handy. I call it too risky to put so many things onto one device. Makes me nervous.
     
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    I wrote quite a bit on my phone a few weeks back while I was on holiday. Served me just fine. I've gotten used to the Microsoft suite on this phone now. I'm also currently working in the middle of Dartmoor, and have a 45 minute commute twice daily with my workmate, so my November short story contest entry is well underway.
     
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    Alternatively, it's a necessity for many people's work to be contactable at all times.

    As for the topic at hand, I have written some stuff on my phone, also a windows phone, but never more than a thousand words or so. It's okay, really, if you turn it over and go at it with both thumbs, rather than tapping letters out with a lone forefinger in portrait mode.
    The, I wrote the final 20k words or so of my novel on a broken touchscreen during horrendously crowded overnight train journeys in China, so maybe I'm simply more resilient than most.
     
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    :rolleyes:

    I don't really like writing on my phone. I take multi-sentence notes on it constantly, but I'm a very messy typist and cleaning up after typos + autocorrect is more work than it's worth, at least at the moment, since I have almost constant access to a proper keyboard. If I didn't, though, I'd probably prefer to carry a notebook and pencil rather than use my phone, just because it's easier for me. There's definitely an allure to being able to easily transfer things from my phone to computer digitally, and remove tedious transcribing from the equation, but my longhand writing skills are still a bit better at keeping up with my brain than my thumb-typing skills are, unfortunately. On the other hand, longhand writing aggravates my tendinitis much more quickly. Thank Hephaestus for the existence of keyboards, is what I'm getting at.
     
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    What's important is that you've found a way to feel superior.
     
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    I used WPS Office - it's all right :) nothing special but I don't remember it annoying me much. It's got mobile view so you can edit or read easily without much faff, and a night mode I believe. I haven't used it for a long time now, but for a time I wrote a good chunk of my novel on it.
     
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    If I recall correctly, fifty shades of grey was written in large part on a blackberry while commuting.
    Personally I prefer my laptop, or sometimes paper.
     
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    It might be because I'm ridiculously young, but I definitely write on my phone

    But a thing about me is that my text messages have always been in properly spelt out & punctuated paragraphs. So there is no distinction from my literary form to my text communications style.

    Before I was blest with a smartphone, I used to text story excerpts to my friends so I wouldn't lose them. That was from '02-11 (and I still do it on occasion now, even though I can use my note section just as well—but the instant validation or criticism is too alluring to quite stop from text-writing entirely).

    But I've been diagnosed with ADD and often find inspiration hits when I'm not supposed to be at liberty to write—cheating with my phone was the quickest way to preserve the muse' stirrings, because it's with me at all times and typing on it is pretty second nature (although I am hating autoword & autocorrect with iPhones)

    However, I usually then handwrite it out afterwords in a notebook and then lastly type it out on my laptop. So it's more like a quick rough draft version that gets edited as I transfer it to other mediums. It's never a final version.
     
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    Yeah although I do use it sometimes there are a great deal of mistakes within the text so I'd never use it for anything more than a first draft before either copy and pasting then editing, or rewriting it on my mac.
     
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    Can't imagine doing so. I occasionally speech to text email ideas to myself, but since going to a smartphone, I hate even texting. Touchscreen keyboards are a huge headache for me, even when they work.
     
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    I don't get on with writing on touch screens - i sometimes read the marked up documents returned from my alpha reader on my phone but i could imagine writing on it.

    In the OPs situation i'd get something like a toughbook , but generally i don't write at work , because that isnt what i'm there for
     

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