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4 awesome tech toys for writers.

For the last few days, I’ve been hanging out with family and getting ready for my baby shower this upcoming weekend. That being said, last night I made cookies instead of writing this blog. Oops. Since I don’t want to spend a ton of time slapping one together, I figured this fun list would suffice. And hey, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

Basically, I’ve hunted for fun, techy toys writers will LOVE. Well, not all writers, but some writers. I actually got the inspiration for this from a friend who posted a link to the first item on this list to my Facebook wall.

Anyway, let’s get into it!

Hemingwrite
This device isn’t actually available yet (though it looks like there are competing, dedicated writing devices on the market already, if you really can’t wait). The idea behind this awesome toy is basic but elegant: you get to write without the distraction of the internet! The best part? This device links via wifi to cloud services like Google Drive to keep your writing safe and sound, and that means you don’t have to remember to back it up to your computer every time you sit down. Seriously, this thing is super neat and I want one.

Aqua Notes
I know a lot of writers who do some of their best brainstorming in the shower. The one frustrating thing about that? It’s hard to jot all those ideas down when you’re naked and covered in water. These Aqua Notes solve that problem. They’re waterproof! That’s right. Take this waterproof notepad into the shower, slap in on the wall, and next time you’re sudsing up and get an idea, you don’t have to worry about forgetting about it while you rinse and dry off.

Livescribe
I’ve actually had the opportunity to play with one of these things in person as a company I worked for a while back worked with the guy who used to run the company! Anyway, Livescribe is really cool: it’s a smart pen that, when used on the Livescribe paper, sends your notes directly to your computer. I’m pretty sure this system backs up through Evernote, too, which is another system I use for quick notes and whatnot.

Dragon
A lot of my brainstorming is done vocally. In other words, I sit down with a friend or my husband and I just talk about my stories. I have a voice recorder, but honestly, I don’t use it that much because it’s a pain in the butt to go through and listen to my voice for hours and hours to get the gems out of my conversations. Dragon voice recognition software will take what you say and type it up for you! I wouldn’t use this to write an actual draft, but for brainstorming? This could save a ton of time going through your ideas. Dragon even has a mobile app, so you can talk to yourself while you’re driving and get ideas!

Have a great Wednesday!

Cheers,
–MC

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