A writer’s essential tools
From plotting car chases to simply getting a feel for a village street, it’s superb!
Aside from the obvious tools that a writer needs to have to hand, ie;
I know they’re not dirt cheap, but I really struggled to do much writing before I bought my trusty Acer! Good value for money if you can get a used one. Linux versions are cheaper to buy, but to be honest – I’ve not enjoyed the experience. Gimme Windows back again (sorry Linux fans).
Get one if you can…try Acer’s graded site.
I did see a ‘Zoostorm Freedom’ Netbook for sale in Argos in August (2010) for £199 with Windows 7 loaded. May be available from Amazon or eBuyer.
And if you find a Netbook useful, I’d also recommend one of these for those long waits in a car…
Before I aspired to something more civilised, I wrote many, many words on my old HP Jornada 620 – mostly my ‘Elementals’ work.
It wasn’t hugely expensive (my first cost £65 and the next two came as a pair for £35!). However, this model was notoriously unreliable (which is why I went through three of them) and awkward to upload the work onto a PC or laptop, requiring extra software on the PC and an adaptor cable (£14 new).
Also needed was a boxful of back-up batteries for when it ran out of juice and lost all the settings. This may only have been a fault of the Jornadas I used, although all three suffered from this. Newer models are now available, however.
This model replaced my poor old Acer Travelmate that was a good enough machine – it just wasn’t portable enough! I needed something pocket-sized that I would be able to take anywhere.