Hello, Scribe Friends, Suze here. Last week we had a great discussion about e-readers. Let’s take it a step further and talk about computers, shall we?
Like virtually every writer out there, I do my writing on a computer.
Now I know there are still a few people who write longhand. In fact, I just read somewhere that writing longhand provides a brain/hand connection that enhances creativity and intelligence. (I can’t find that article right now, but when I do I’ll post it). Stephen King wrote Dreamcatcher, nearly 900 pages long, with a fountain pen. Whatever Mr. King is doing seems to be working, and I’m not arguing. And of course, most of the great literature of the world was written without electronics. Somehow, I just can’t picture Jane Austen, little frilly cap on head, pecking away at a keyboard by candlelight. Kind of takes away the romance, don’tcha think?
Me, I’ve been typing for so long, it’s a real effort for me just to fill out an occasional check, though I do make most of my to-do lists by hand in a spiral bound notebook.
My little laptop, Dell-ilah, and I have been friends for a long time. She’s very low tech as far as computers go — her CD drive is external, her Wi-Fi antenna is external (can’t use both of those things at the same time unless I buy a splitter of some kind, which I haven’t bothered with), and she can’t play a DVD at all. Which, if you think about it, is all kind of a good thing when you’re writing. Because you’re just supposed to be writing, right? Not watching marathon episodes of True Blood and drooling over Alexander Skarsgard.
But I know Dell-ilah cannot live forever. Her case has a crack. Her hinges and some of her keys are loose. Her processor brain is still pretty sharp, though. (Even so, I back up my work on a flash drive after every writing session, and periodically I e-mail my WIP to myself.) She and I have discussed it, and she’s given me the Do Not Resuscitate order. When her time comes, I will need to let her go. Right now, I’m researching with what I will replace her.
Dell-ilah is a PC. I’ve always worked on PCs, but I’m open to exploring the Mac option if somebody can convince me that it really is worth the price differential. Should I get another laptop? A sweet little netbook? What about a tablet with a wireless keyboard? That might be fun. Oooh, how about an iPad?
What kind of computer do you use, and what do you love/hate about it? This inquiring mind would love to know!