Does Technology Help Me Write?

As one who tinkers with a lot of technology this is not an easy question to answer. To answer it, I need to think for a moment about the craft of writing…

Does Technology Help Me Write?

Okay. I’m back. No – technology does not help me write. Technology is merely a tool that allows me to capture my thoughts in their written form. Like the pen and paper are used to capture my thoughts and transform them into the written word on a page, so is any piece of technology (thinking computer, iPhone, iPad when I use that word) to my writing.

What helps me write is coffee; a comfortable chair; silence; and the determination to do it. Then, once I have a comfortable writing environment, I use either my Pelikan M200 fountain pen and Moleskine, my iPhone, my iPad (using iA Writer – a focused writing tool for your Mac or iPad like you’ve never seen before), or my MacBook to capture my thoughts into the written word.

How about you? What helps you write? What tools do you use to capture your thoughts?

Author: Aaron

Husband, father, and business owner. Constantly learning, adapting, changing, and thinking. Prefers to do the previous sentence with a cigar in hand.

9 thoughts on “Does Technology Help Me Write?”

  1. In order for me to write, I have to either a) Be at Barnes and Noble or in an environment where there is plenty of background noise or b) Alone in my room with no one home or no background interruption. I know, weird lol.

    For me to write and convey my thoughts I have to write them first in my notebook and then put them on screen after. It helps to write out what I want to say first before I put the final product on display. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to writing, so I really need to be in the mindset to write.

    I usually write what comes to mind first. I brainstorm and then go from there, but generally I am able to say a lot and fill up at least 2-4 pages at a time. Also, it really depends on my mood.

    And Wow! IA Writer looks really neat. I am not a Mac user and down own an iPad, but I will say I’m a tad bit envious of your set up. πŸ˜›

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    1. Julie,

      Very interesting how you can write in either a [sometimes] loud book store or in the silence of your own space. And I hear you on writing out by hand first. I used to need to do the same thing in order to write, especially if I was writing fiction. I have changed my ways though, and now only write “by hand” when journaling. Everything else is digital – saves time in the long run for me. (NaNoWriMo is what forced me to make the switch. Have you ever participated?)

      If you ever get an Apple or iOS device you must get iA Writer!!

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      1. Aaron,

        No I haven’t ever participated in NaNoWriMo. I just Google’d & writing an entire novel in a month?! Is that even possible? lol Have you tried it?

        If it was a diligent writer (which I should work on being), I may consider it. But since you want to be a writer and publish, it’d be neat to see what you are able to accomplish in a month. πŸ™‚

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        1. I participated back in 2008. Finished three days ahead of schedule with 58,000 words. The downside: I have yet to go back and edit the first draft.

          I plan to participate again this November. If you are up for the challenge you should give it a try πŸ™‚

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          1. I might! But I really dont want any pressure to write lol I just kind of like to write what comes to mind.

            I’m curious though, you seem to have a very eclectic way you write. You have your theology papers, this blog, and of course your personal journal. If you could choose one thing to write for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? What would you spend most of your time writing?

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            1. Great question; and you are correct. I write a lot of different things. Growing up I was always writing short stories and I absolutely loved the process. As far as writing fiction goes I am still much more comfortable writing short stories rather than long.

              Long term, if I had to pick one, I would choose theology and Bible. I love learning and teaching, and by writing I can accomplish both. Plus, these are topics that I am deep down very passionate about.

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              1. I like that choice! πŸ™‚ And that’s only because I want to learn the Bible cover to cover. I have to commit myself to it daily. Im sure it’s easier for you because you’re going to school for it. Maybe that’s a motivator to go back, haha. If you ever teach a Theology class, let me know. I’d sit in it :).

                I respect that though, honestly. I’d rather learn the Bible in its truth and in the context it’s supposed to be taught. I see that passion in you. Remain steadfast in pursuit of your dreams Aaron. You’re doing great, great things!

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