New tech writers will love
We have come to accept that technology is here to stay. The inventions of smartphones, smart TVs, and smart houses have become a must-have in households. New technology is making its way in front of our eyes every day. So, what about those in the writing industry? There is the new laptop, a voice recorder on a smartphone for when we need to “jot” something down in a hurry, and applications that help with brainstorming. All of those are major tech devices and software that we love, but what about new tech for writers to enhance the writing experience? Here is a list of new tech that writers will love.
Freedom & Anti-Social
An idea came to mind and now it’s time to put it on paper, or in Word. The only problem is those little online distractions such as Jimmy Fallon posting something about Kevin Hart that is a must read on Twitter or a celebrity Instagram post that that is intriguing with thousands of commenters opinions. Freedom is available on Mac and PC. Freedom will take you off of the Internet for a set period of time that you chose. It’s time to go back to the days where there was no internet. Most are good with turning off other transaction such as the television or radio. The timer within the application allows for better concentration and focus you to buckle down for 30 minutes, an hour, or two without being interrupted. The is also a feature called Anti-Social that will keep you off social websites that don’t pertain to your research if you do need the internet.
Everyone has something they love when it comes to sitting down and writing. Most keyboards now make a clicking sound when pressed that is addictive. The sound creates a positive notion in the brain that creates a satisfying work environment. Old-fashion typewriters may be expensive to acquire nowadays, but many love the metal clicking sound that gives it. A new tech was designed for a keyboard to give that same sound. It’s loud just like an old-fashioned typewriter. For those that are touch typist or like a challenge to improve their speed, there is an all-black keyboard version that doesn’t display the letters on the keys. It does help to know where some of the important symbols are so you are not pressing the entire keyboard.
This tech software is great for ebook expert writers and academic writers. Mendeley has the ability to reference and cite over twenty of the most popular referencing styles such as MLA, APA, Harvard, and Chicago to name a few. Mendeley goes through an analytical process that includes precise algorithms to evaluate citation style patterns to determine which is the most appropriate to use. This works great for the metadata of academic journals, eBooks, websites, reports, and publications.
Google Ngram Viewer
Words and phrase meanings change as they go through the grapevine. A word can mean something completely different today opposed to when it was first popular in 1801. For instance, which 1920s word was more common then: ‘flapper,’ ‘harlot,’ or ‘pro skirt’? Google’s Ngram Viewer searches thousands of books by the date of publication to find the association between the usages of words and phrases. In case you needed to win a word and phrase debate with a copyeditor.
This application can be installed only on Mac’s. There are several word processing applications that are PC based with no true alternatives for Mac uses besides Word. Ulysses is another all-inclusive word processing tool that enhances the writer’s ability to focus when writing. Ulysses is helpful for writers whom workspaces change frequently or who publish work through online and digital formats.
There is no shortage of technology in the form of software, devices, apps, or furniture that can aid a modern day writer. If you are looking to evolve your writing skills, stay focused, and create great material then the above mentions are worth trying out.
This article was written for Twyne Docs by Adrian Rubin, a successful writer and humanitarian who has traveled around the world with his travel partner. He has also made a name for himself in the photography industry. Adrian currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.