Thursday focus on Writer Tools – iA Writer

Thursday focus on Writer Tools - iA Writer

I used iA Writer on my iPad to write all the first draft content for my current work-in-process. I used the on screen keyboard. In fairness, I started practicing with the on-screen keyboard a year ago when I took my Berklee class. But, back then I was using Evernote, also a great tool. You may ask, “Ty, what do you have against pencil/pen and paper?” 2 things. One, I don’t have the patience to write then transpose to my compy. Two, I can’t always read my handwriting. So, nothing against handwriting. I love the whole sensuality of writing with a pencil. (not that kind, geez). With that, on to the features.

Clutter free and clean:
For a clean screen editor, iA Writer is the best I’ve found for iPad. Unfortunately, for those in the Android faith, there is not an iA Writer version available. Us Apple adherents have Mac, iPhone and iPad versions currently. Happy, Happy.

Marketing words
“As soon as you type the title bar disappears and all you see is the clean typing sheet, distraction-free, ready for your ideas to take shape. With over 600,000 copies sold, Writer has helped students, journalists, and bestselling authors to find more pleasure in working with text.”

😉 It does make a great writing tool for us non-bestselling authors, too. 😉

Cool Keyboard:
This innovation is the feature that separates iA Writer from other tools. They have added things like quotes, dashes, parens, colons, semi-colons on the main keyboard so there is no annoying shift required to access these keys. And for dessert, there are left and right arrow buttons to move around. Nice! I knew you’d like that.

Marketing words
“iA Writer for iPad comes with an elegant keyboard extension that lets you navigate left and right, with direct access to punctuation.”

What? You aren’t convinced yet? Sheesh.
– How about iCloud and Dropbox storage options, huh?
– And AirPlay or HP ePrint printing options.
What now?

Ok, time for a bit of reality. Getting used to typing on the screen keyboard may result in some frustration. I may have said a bad word or two over the past year, but I always took it back, didn’t I?

Thank you for joining me today on Writer Tools.
Your friend in the writing business.

Ty Roper


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