May 21, 2013

The Simplicity Of Writing

From The Setup’s interview with games writer Leigh Alexander:

But really, my ideal setup is pretty close to how it presently is: tiny little keyboard on my knee, and probably some kind of whiskey within reach. Simple stuff.

Writers, take note!

So what’s Leigh Alexander using then? An 11” MacBook Air, or the equivalent Windows clone signed Samsung?

No. He’s got two netbooks: an Asus Eee PC for events, and an Acer Aspire One “for slightly more things”. That’s right, a writing professional who’s relying on two netbooks, old ones at that since these things went away with the dinosaurs. 

Writing on the iPad mini

It just proves that you can write on just about anything. I almost long for the simplicity of Alexander’s setup as I look at my retina MacBook Pro on the table. Then I remember that I’m thumb-typing this on an iPad mini and realize that I’ve already got it. I guess I got a bit blind after writing The Writer’s iPad, testing and researching all those magnificent apps further showed me the plethora of possibilities that the iPad offers. I almost forgot why I wanted to write the ebook in the first place: the simplicity that is the iPad as a writing tool.

Read the Leigh Alexander interview, consider your own setup for a while, and indulge yourself with a copy of The Writer’s iPad. Then forget about all these things and go write something with whatever tools you have.

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