Why I'm writing on the iPad
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:51 AM
Only difference in all this is that I am a lousy typist—although i move like the wind. . .
heesr! (see what I mean ---> "Cheers!")
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:55 AM
A couple of friends who knew about what I was doing were baffled as to how I had the patience to write sometimes-copious entries on the tiny iPod keyboard.
I explained it exactly the way you have, Jason. The process was about as laborious as handwriting, which changed the way I worked. Each phrase was considered more thoroughly, and there was less need to edit and correct after writing. It was much more engaging than tapping on a computer keyboard.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:08 AM
Suggest you follow Jason and use the iPad to encourage thinking. Not very common in the years of ear buds and social media.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:38 AM
Wow! Total change in results! I'm glad Jason could put that different experience into words for people who may only know keyboarding their words. Slowing down, without self-editing each thought, produces much different –and more satisfying– output. For most things, of course, I klack away at the keyboard like I'm doing right now. Flexibility is good.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:43 AM
The only way I've found so far is an app called Side by Side +. However, I'm not very happy with the UI, as it takes up too much space and is fairly unintuitive. It allows up to 4 panes with different content in each. Without a BT keyboard, things get incredibly cramped (they even are with a BT keyboard). It also doesn't just let me open documents from various sources simply enough.
I REALLY wish someone would create such an app and do it right! If I could have the document I'm working on open (with the ability to save to the cloud or Dropbox, etc.)... and another window where I could browse the web or open various types of documents locally or from cloud sources... with a minimal and intuitive interface... I'd be in writing heaven.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:53 PM
Clearly I don't think nearly as fast as Jason because I'm rarely held back by my mediocre and error prone 30-40 wpm typing. Forcing me to use an iPad wouldn't make my writing better, it would just make me frustrated and angry at my input device.
I am an endless revisionist. I cannot write without re-reading what I've already said over and over.
A half hour or more can go by editing and totally re-thinking short internet comments such as this one and I abandon most of them without clicking "submit" because by the end of it all whatever inspired me to reply in the first place no longer seems important. This is the 4th complete re-write of this comment and I'm still not happy with it, but I need to do something else now.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:56 PM