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Using an iPhone to write
I am a commercial writer, so I have gone through the writing of a novel several occasions and know that inspirations can always happen. Scribbling is good for scrawled memories, but copying the scribblings is hurtful and nowadays I have my iPhone with me almost all the while.
I' m working on a new novel, so I chose to try out my iPhone to see how convenient it is and share my experience with you. Incidentally, most of this should also apply to Android and Windows telephones, but since I only have one iPhone, I can only be sure that it works for the iPhone.
Like my referrals for novel writing tools, I really use everything in this post, and I don't get bribes when I recommend something. Writing with the iPhone: You can use an iPhone to write in three ways: an outside keypad, speech diktat (Siri) and the on-screen keypad. I use a Joby GripTight Micro upright.
That has the benefit that it can be folded down to almost nothing. As soon as I unfold the GripTight Micro, it keeps my iPhone in a good place for work. Ensure you get the right cell plan for your mobile device, the "normal" for iPhone 3/4/5 or the "XL" for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
I use the folding iRock' s Blue tooth keypad. I' ve noticed that my iPhone recognized it immediately (of course you have to remind yourself to turn on the iPhone's Blue tooth first). Collapsed, the keypad is slightly larger than an iPhone 6 and weigh about as much as the telephone.
Fold out to approximately 90% of the height of a notebook keypad. These keys have a'real key feel', although the Spacebar is a little small. I' ve got my Maplin keyboarder here. Other similar Blue tooth pads are available on Amazon and eBay. I got the benefit of having a British key design - keep in mind to look at the key design when you buy one from the web.
And the key benefit of combining an iPhone and a keypad is that it is ideal for "sitting and writing". It' also about a fourth the dimensions and half the weights of a Macbook. One iPhone 6, 1lb/450g keypad and phone rack. Considering that most humans would wear the iPhone anyway, a iPhone and keypad is much more mobile than the smallest and lighter Macbook, let alone larger notebooks.
Although this is a smaller and light-weight combo than a Macbook, the keypad isn't really small enough to fit in a bag, unless you have very large bags. A further problem is that you still have to use the iPhone's touch screen from time to time, which is a bit unpleasant. iPhone does not work with a notebook computer, so they are not an optional feature.
All in all, however, this is a practical way of combining a first design and a consideration when traveling with lightweight luggage. You have your hand free, the major benefit of using Apple's Siri Speech Dictate. To activate the speech diktat, press the button with the mic icon to the lefthand side of the blank button on the iPhone's on-screen keypad.
A few language instructions to keep in mind are: Apple's Speech Detection system works, but has disadvantages. Especially the name of the character is often not recognized by him. I have also noticed that the language dictate has a pruning bias, which can be bothersome. Speech diktat is probably best used when you write dialogues and know exactly what you want to say.
When you' are'on a roll' and can almost play through the sequence, Siri comes into its own. One of the key benefits of the on-screen keypad is that it is the ultimative writing everywhere key. It is not really possible to use an off-line keypad or a Siri dictate when you are on a full bandwagon, for example, but you can always use the on-screen one.
Disadvantage is the small onscreen keypad, which makes text input relatively sluggish. There is the feared auto-correction, which can get quite irritating and is better switched off for writing creatively. The most useful thing for me was the on-screen keypad. If you dictate a phrase with Siri, check, add missing punctuation and fix spellings, the on-screen keypad is the best workaround.
You need a text editor to use the iPhone for writing. I' m using Microsoft Office Writer for my work. An important thing when writing on the iPhone is storing and collaborating with other equipment. Work can be saved to Microsoft's OneDrive or Dropbox. But I found that Microsoft World works well on iPhone, especially in'Reflow' modus, where it disregards printing formats and is better for the display.
The" Pinnch to Zoom" feature made it simple to resize the text to the right text format, which is especially useful when using the iPhone + remote hot-key. When you use Microsoft Word elsewhere, iPhone is the easiest way to use it. It is recommended for use with the iPhone + remote keypad.
Word for iPhone is available here. I' m using iA Writer on my Macbook for the first design. Since iA Writer expects you to hold the telephone, it has a set fontsize that is too small to work with the remote keypad set-up. The Ia Writer is good with Siri and the on-screen keypad.
It' has the benefit of ease of use without fiddling around. iA Maker uses Apple's iDisk for storing. I also use a lot of creativity writing applications on my iPhone: All in all, I think that the iPhone has a place in the author's world. iPhone + rack + external keypad + Microsoft Word combined is perfect for writing your first drafts in a train, airplane or café. The iPhone speech dictate is suitable for writing dialogue-heavy music.
You can use the on-screen keypad for processing when the other option is not possible. Do you have questions about writing on the iPhone, please send me an e-mail.