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No One Will Miss It.

Around Thanksgiving, Writer’s Digest had a free e-book download offer. I took advantage and got about 6 e-books on my iPhone. They are all books that relate to writing. Better yet, I’ve actually started reading one of them. ūüôā

I’m reading Getting The Words Right by Theodore A. Rees Cheney.¬† The book is divided into three sections: Reduce, Rearrange and Reword.¬† I’m still in the first section, but one thing I read the other day struck a chord. It is in a section that concerns removing entire paragraphs, sections, or chapters.

‘Keep in mind always that readers do not usually know what you planned to include; they’ll never miss a deleted minor point, or even a section.’

First, that phrase immediately made me think back to when I used to play classical piano, and my father gave me sage advice before¬†performances. He always said to keep going, no matter what. That if I messed up and hit a wrong note, or left something out,¬†no one would notice. And he was right. To an untrained ear, a wrong note is missed. I’ve even gotten to a point in a piece where I could not remember what came next, no matter how many hours I spent practicing, and skipped a section entirely, without missing a beat.

Second, that brought to mind something I had suggested to my mother recently, in a critique of her writing. A section of one of her novels had become a little stale, even to her. I finally realized that she was headed in the complete wrong direction, and after we discussed it, figured out where the plot needed to go. This resulted in her having to delete multiple chapters. A daunting, and somewhat disappointing task to be sure, but an exciting opportunity for improvement.

So it’s true. Unless someone has read your work from the get-go, the finished product is never what it started out as, and most are never the wiser. So in this spirit, I am plunging ahead, accepting of the fact that even though I have spent countless hours ‘practicing’ and may miss a note here or there, though no one will ever know.

 

 

 

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Dropbox

Some time ago, a dear friend sent me a link for Dropbox.¬† I clicked on it, read the info and downloaded the program…and that was it.¬† Dropbox is a program that you put files into and then you have those files on any number of electronics.¬† For months and months, I never ever did anything with it.¬† I had my laptop and used my phone sometimes for writing or some work related stuff, but whatever I needed on another device I just emailed it to myself.¬† No big deal.

My husband snagged one of the HP Tablets when they went on clearance.¬†¬†The original plan was that it would be ‘ours.’¬† When that really wasn’t the case, he did find another tablet on the cheap and¬†I had him restore the tablet to the original settings, since it was listed as Tim’s.¬†Because nothing says marriage and sharing like changing something from ‘ours’ to ‘mine’.¬† (Happy wife,¬†happy life¬†to quote a friend) I noticed while playing around with the newly restored tablet that there was¬†an App¬†named Quick Office. Huh. A program that lets one open/edit/create .¬†doc files, powerpoint,¬†excel spreadsheets.¬† Reading the reviews on it, I noticed how several people commented on the ease of the program and the use of their Dropbox folders.¬† Oh wait – don’t I have that?¬†

Then I got to wondering if the apple app store had those programs.  Sure enough.  So I install Dropbox on the laptop, the tablet, the iPhone and install Quick Office on the phone as well.  Then I test it. 

I would say kids that were born in the 90’s maybe aren’t as impressed with technology as much as someone my age or older.¬† I remember when televisions didn’t have remotes.¬† Hell, a tv we had when I was little still had to be tuned in with the knob.¬† The fact that now I could open up one of my writing files, edit it, add to it, save it, put down the laptop and then open the file *immediately* on my phone or tablet, with all the changes I just made, is AMAZING to me.¬† I know there is lots of technology way cooler than this in the world, but it’s the little things that get me excited, especially when I can apply it.¬† I don’t have 100 apps. I don’t often need fancy programs to do my work.¬† Writers can write anywhere.¬† Paper and pen or touch-screen tablet.¬† I like to write at lunch when I’m at work and this just makes it easier and faster.¬†

So if you do work in one place, like an office and then have to¬†finish up at home, or¬†have multiple gadgets to mess around¬†with, I’d say Dropbox is a nifty tool to have.¬† Of course I sent my friend a super excited text thanking her.


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