Using the Glorious Iphone to Write Your Next Novel - In Which my Iphone Speaks to Me, Sharing the Secret to the Meaning of Life
So, I finally got myself an Iphone and guess what I've been doing with it? Processing words--Typing! If you're poor like me because you decided you wanted to be a writer when you grew up instead of going to school for a degree in Engineering or Computer Science or some other non-artistic subject, your computer is probably really old and cumbersome and way too heavy to be lugging around with you to your menial job (remember, you decided the arts were more important than money...) every day so you can write during your breaks. Okay, so obviously I exaggerate a bit; you can't be "poor" and still afford an Iphone (I paid 200 bucks for mine and the monthly bills are outrageous. Sad Face.) You have to have a job that feeds you and pays the bills and puts a roof over the 'ol head, and you have to have enough money in the bank to fend off the student loan officers that call at all hours of the night looking for their money (again, you just had to get that degree in English--how screwed are you?), but then, if it's really important to you, you can get an Iphone. Yay! My point is, it is possible to write on the go using your mobile device.
So, what I did is I bought myself the Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard and a stand for my Iphone and I bang out a few words at lunch every day--I write every day. I tried using the Pages app, but it has no landscape orientation and doesn't zoom in the way I'd like (unless you have an Ipad, save the 10 bucks for something else). I now use My Writing Nook, which allows me to sync the things I'm working on with my phone and on any computer I happen to be in front of (like the one I have at work...) through www.mywritingnook.com. So try it; I think you'll be surprised and impressed.
But Word Processing? You can do that on just about anything. It seems like such a waste to use something so fancy to process words. Yeah, well, you can use it for other things if you really want to (phone calls, email, browsing, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Words with Friends, Chess with Friends, Amazon, ebooks, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah), but just think how convenient the damn thing is for writing your next novel--it's worth the exorbitant fees you'll have to pay every month and living on Ramen noodles and frozen pizza for a while...right?