I get lots of questions about the software I use to write my novels, but very few about the hardware.
Most of my writing is done using MS Word on a Mac desktop, to which I’ve added a second screen. Adding this screen, which was from an old Dell PC, was really easy. I just needed to buy a connector from Amazon, which only cost a couple of pounds, and I was able to double the size of my desktop. Now I can have my notes or emails displayed on one screen while working on my main manuscript on the other. I can also have two different versions of the same file open side-by-side when editing, which is really useful.
When I’m on the go, I use a Hewlett-Packard Stream laptop that I picked up cheap from Tescos a couple of years ago. It runs Windows 10 and, annoyingly for a laptop that’s only a year old, it doesn’t have enough capacity to run Word, or even download updates to Windows 10. At some point, I’m going to have to investigate ways to add some more memory.
What this means is that if I’m going to be away from my desk, I have to save the document I’m working on on my Mac as a RTF file on OneDrive so I can access it on my laptop. This is a bit of a bodge and less than ideal, but I simply can’t afford an Apple laptop.
And just to throw a third OS into the mix, my phone is Android. But if I use Google Keep to take notes, I can access them on my desktop or laptop easily enough. This is handy, because I often wake up in the night with an idea, so I can type it into my phone and know it’ll be there when I log onto Google in the morning.
Of course, all of this is a bit of a jury-rigged workaround. Ideally, I’d have three devices that all ran on the same operating system. But money and convenience mean I’ve had to use what was affordable and available.No tags for this post.