Sep

30

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : September 30, 2011

As soon as the iPad inspired a slurry of Android clones I’m sure more than a few writers thought, “Now I can write that novel or screenplay in bed, waiting at the doctor office, or yes, even while sitting on the toilet!”

But wait! Not so fast. How does the state of the art stack up for mobile writing? Can you actually use a tablet for writing just yet? Let’s look at the state of writing software on mobile devices.

Production

  • Scrivener – From the Scrivener blog; “…the Scrivener team is looking at the possibility of an iPad version down the road.” Syncing from Simplenote is available. [Update]: Tablet usage of Scrivener for Windows on a Surface Pro, but not the Surface RT.
  • SuperNotecard – No mobile app, but if you’re a registered user you can sign up for a profile and enter note cards on the Mindola website, which can be synced to SuperNotecard.
  • Celtx – Mobile apps available.
  • Final Draft – Nothing. No mobile app.

Mind Mapping

Docs & Notes

The news gets considerably better in the area of note-taking apps. There seem to be a ton of them for both platforms.

Blogging

No shortage there either.

Verdict?

Spring for a highly expensive Windows tablet if you want to be able to run “everything,” otherwise the iPad is your best bet for things like Celtx. Software developers, game on!

P.S. Posted from WordPress for Android on Motorola Xoom.

Jul

01

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : July 1, 2007

One of my stories begins in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve been using Google Earth to lend a little accuracy, areas, street names, locations. Do you use Google Earth in developing or writing your story?

May

24

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : May 24, 2007

SuperNotecard I’ve been using 3×5 note cards for a while now. The biggest benefit is being able to distill scenes or ‘beats’ onto individual cards, forcing me to work in manageable chunks and not get distracted by other parts of the story. Note cards are also easy to shuffle.

But there is one downside that I’ve been fighting; Note cards require a lot of space to lay out flat and get the bird’s eye view of the story. It is also physically difficult to cross-reference characters, places, or historical events within your note cards without the use of stickers, highlighters, or some system of special markings. Managing note cards and their associated materials becomes a task in itself.

This means when you set aside time to work on your story, and begin laying out the note cards it’s more like a big event — out come the stickers, highlighters, pencils, erasers, extra note cards. It’s like dumping out your basket for a full blown craft session. If you enjoy that kind of exhaustive ritual, more power to you. But if you’re like me, you value space, efficiency, and effective use of time not spent wrangling all these physical materials then you’re in luck.

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