These Simple Hacks Made Writing So Quick And Easy
I used to open a Word doc on my laptop and write. That's the old 1998 way of doing it. Wait, wait, wait, I forgot another step, I would turn my laptop on, wait five or ten minutes for it to boot up, then open Word and type. Usually, I would get distracted while waiting for my ancient technology to wake up. I'd have to pry myself away from whatever time-wasting I was doing on my phone and if I was successful at that I would write.
Once done I would back it up to both OneDrive and Google Drive manually. One day I wrote something and only saved it to Google Drive because I was feeling lazy. I went back in to edit it and it disappeared.
I decided that I was never going to do that again, trust in clouds that just float away. They have one job, and when they can't do that I'm out.
The only thing that's never failed me is email, it's always there. Keepin' it 1998 is how I role, that was the prime of my life. Trusty old email is reliable. Even if I don't send the email it's still in drafts, even if it can't be sent it's in the outbox, and if it sends it's in the sent box and the inbox (I email it to myself.) Now that's backed up! It's always there.
My process is simple. I created a shortcut key on my phone to email myself directly. I've got a Blackberry, what can I say, I'm a writer, I love a keyboard and 1998. Except, my Blackberry is the modern version of the old version.
I just press one button to open the email that's preset to be sent to myself, and then I hit the speech to text button on my phone and I speak my thoughts. I tap send and it shoots the email to me so I have the sent email and the received email. Writing done. No waiting for my computer to turn on. No wondering whether the cloud was having a bad day and there was some unseen error happening in the background.
When I want to edit what I've written I respond to the email, copy what I sent myself, paste it in the new email section, and edit or add to it. That way I always have every draft of what I've done. I can access my email from anywhere, no apps required, just internet. It's been working great.
This is simple, quick, and takes little effort and barely any typing. Sometimes I just send myself short ideas, sometimes full paragraphs, sometimes lengthy pieces. It works wonderfully when I come up with ideas while driving, no typing needed, or when I'm in the shower. If you try this let me know how it works for you.