Why writers should have a powerful computer?

Desktop Personal Computer (PC) In A Dual Monitor Configuration
Desktop Personal Computer (PC) In A Dual Monitor Configuration

Recently, when speaking with a friend of mine, he questioned why I had purchased such a powerful computer? It seemed to him to be unnecessary to purchase such a powerful computer.

By way of background, my most recent personal computer (PC) is a super high-powered gaming computer, meaning it has multiple CPUs a high-powered graphics card and several gigabytes of memory.

Pondering on his question, I decided to write a short article explaining my reasoning. After having written several books and running several blogs for years I have come to this understanding of why a high-powered computer is a benefit to writers.

As it happens, my most recent computer purchase was a desktop. However, I have laptops, iPhones, iPads, as well.

I would like to note, that even though I own a gaming computer, I am not nor have I ever been a gamer. As a matter fact, I’m never found much purpose in games; computerize or otherwise.

Computer Application Performance
Computer Application Performance

Perhaps, my biggest reason for investing in a really powerful computer, is application performance. There are a number of applications that I use in the course of my day, which I like to have work quickly and efficiently. This is especially true, for tools such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking (my speech to text tool), my word editor, and my photo editors; all of which I use on a daily basis to support my writing and my blogs.

Speech To Text

Nothing hinders my performance more than sitting around waiting for an application to catch up. I find waiting on the computer to catch up when I’m using speech to text, for example, to be super annoying and distracting to the point of causing me to lose my focus sometimes. This hasn’t been a problem in a while with the new computer but is definitely work on my nerves in the past. This is an area where high-speed CPUs and significant amounts of memory can be very helpful.

Photo and video editors

I use a number of photo editors and today even if you take a photo with your iPhone modern cameras take photos which can be quite large sometimes. This is even more true, if you’re working with video. This would be the reason that I lean toward a significant amount of memory and for high-end graphics card.

Web-based tools

in addition to having high-speed Internet access, in my case 1 Gb optical, it pays to have plenty of memory, high-speed CPUs, and a good graphics card, so you’re not sitting around waiting for your tools to keep up online and so that they’re not always having to buffer to your PC. And this can be true for any number of tools including WordPress, Grammarly, and online word processing and editing tools.

Web research

for the same reasons that having a powerful computer helps will web-based tools, it also helps when you do online research and when you download online content. This is particularly true, when downloading large content.

Photo Editing On A Computer
Photo Editing On A Computer

What I look for when I buy a new computer?

Plenty of memory

Plenty memory is important, 16 GB of memory is kind of the minimum these days, so, go for as much memory as you can reasonably afford. Memory isn’t terribly costly these days but unless you just like buying more memory and switching it out (assuming your not tech savvy and like that kind of thing), I recommend that you get the memory up front in your computer or have it installed by their support team at the time of purchase. The more memory you have the more work at one time your computer can do in memory without writing to disk–working in memory is always faster than writing and reading from disk.

Several high-speed CPUs

Since CPUs are the real brains of the process along with the high-speed memory is important to get modern high-speed CPUs and several of them.  Multicore computers are not terribly costly these days, either, and with a 64-bit operating system can be quite fast and efficient. More CPU’s and/or Cores will allow you to run multiple programs efficiently at the same time.

Graphics cards

Now graphic cards may be a little more optional if you don’t do a lot of work with photographs and videos but I would still recommend that you consider getting a computer with a powerful graphics card installed. Even if for no other reason than the ability to work efficiently with your content on the web and in the cloud. Powerful graphic cards improve the performance of photographic and video editors, as was as, providing a smoother overall user experience.

High Speed drives

If you have the budget for it going with a Solid State Drive (SSD) rather than Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can also add performance with it comes to caching and saving you data and files. My most recent computer actually had both types. An Solid State Drive (SSD) as my main drive (C Drive) and an Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for backup, recovery, and long term storage for less frequently used file. This combination has worked very well for me.

Best Writer Tools to Replace Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word Application
Starting Microsoft Word Application

Having recently received my renewal notice from Microsoft for my office 365 suite, I got to thinking about do I really want to pay for Microsoft Office even though I’ve been using it for many years and what my alternatives might be to Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word for me is a very familiar tool which I’m exceptionally comfortable, but I’m not sure I need it just to write books and blog posts.

Microsoft Word has been one of the most used tools for writing, and Microsoft Word is familiar to many people because of Microsoft Word’s prevalence of use in business. However, this does not mean that it is the only tool that can be used for this purpose as there are others which can even do a better job than Microsoft Word.

Admittedly, which tool is best for you is going to boil down to your value proposition based on how well the tool’s functionality fits into your mental framework and how exactly you intend to use the tools. If all you’re doing is writing a few simple blogs, you may not even need a software tool beyond your blog provider software or the app on your phone. Also, for really short works grammar league can be used in much the same way.

Nonetheless, this article tries to provide you with the best writer tools to replace Microsoft Word.

WPS Office Phone Application
WPS Office Phone Application

WPS Office

Word Processing Component is a writer tool that has most of its features similar to those of Microsoft Word. WPS has a ribbon interface and icons that are almost identical. Any writer who enjoys using Microsoft Office 2007 will find this tool very convenient to work with.

WPS beats Microsoft in that it has a multi-document browsing tab making it appealing to work with. It is also possible to open any document format with the tool. On the issue of the cloud support, WPS ha a whole 1GB of storage that assists to back up or sync your documents easily. These are some of the reasons why WPS might prove to be one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Word.

LibreOffice
LibreOffice

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is another tool that will give you an excellent writing service. This tool comes with a variety of features that you might want to experience when doing your writing tasks.

To start with, LibreOffice comes as part of a great office suite that meets a variety of your writing needs. Still, it provides you with a modern user interface that simplifies its usage as well as its efficiency. On the issue of supporting files, it is excellent since it is compatible with a variety of documents. Examples include the Microsoft Word documents like DOCX and DOC and other text formats.

The icons of the LibreOffice are simple and very intuitive to you as the user.

On the issue of integration, LibreOffice gives you a chance to import files like a spreadsheet from the calculator or even a graph from chats. It simplifies the whole process of writing for you.

SoftMaker
SoftMaker

SoftMaker Free Office

SoftMaker Free Office is another writer tool that has some features that you might love as a writer. Although some of its features are inside the sub-menus, you can customize them and experience them.

The free office feature makes it possible for you to create documents that are interactive. The bookmarks and the fields are meant for this purpose. Please note that you will not lose your documents if they were initially in word format because Microsoft Word documents can be opened by SoftMaker Free Office.

Apache OpenOffice
Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

This writer tool is part of a great suite that comes with a Microsoft Word Office interface. The Apache Open Office offers the writer excellent compatibility with word documents. It can work with an imported spreadsheet, present applications or database.

Google Docs can also be added in the list as it offers one of the best services to any writer. Documents can be stored and retrieved any time the writer needs them.

These are some of the best writer tools to replace Microsoft Word. They come with more significant features found in Microsoft Word, and this makes the writing process simple and enjoyable.

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Why keep a consistent writing schedule?

Time And Schedule Practices
Time And Schedule Practices

A lot of people think that being a writer is such a super easy profession. All you need is a few skills, a good amount of talent and creativity topped up with some inspiration. Easy, right? No, not that easy. You can have all these factors and more but still, fail at attaining success as a writer.

Why? Because without proper organizational and time management you may never be able to meet your goals and complete your book. What you and every writer need is a consistent daily writing schedule. And as you try and think if it is for you or not, here are 5 guaranteed benefits of having a consistent daily writing routine.

1. Productivity Habits

A consistent daily writing schedule means that every day you will be doing some writing. It can be as little as 1 page or as much as 10 pages. But the bottom line is you will be writing, and as you repetitively do this, it will develop into a habit. Writing will become second to nature for you. Meaning writing will become much easier for you and you will do it efficiently. That is the power of habit.

2. No more procrastination.

A proper daily writing routine needs you to set targets and goals for your writing assignments. Therefore, following your routine means, you will do what you are supposed to do, when you should be doing it. You don’t have the option of not doing what is in your schedule for that day. And once it becomes a habit, you can say bye-bye to procrastination.

3. Inspiration every day.

A lot of writers depend on the writing mood or a burst of inspiration to write. If you keep working with such a mentality, success as a writer will be only a dream. Working with a consistent daily writing routine trains your mind to understand that when it is time to work, inspiration is a requirement. And you will find yourself always finding the inspiration to write every single day. This is another power of habit.

4.Organized life.

Writing ca easily turn your life upside down. You may find yourself sometimes locking yourself up to write and completely forgetting about every other aspect of your life. And that is why a consistent daily schedule is important.

Planning ahead of time improves your time management abilities. Having a routine also means that other people get to know when you are free from work and when you’re what. Therefore, they will learn to respect your work time and make plans with you during your free time. A schedule enables you to plan for and fit all other aspects of your life around your writing. It is okay for writing to be your passion but don’t let it make you forget to live.

5. Much more freedom.

You will not believe how much free time you can have in your life as a writer. And that is inclusive of you meeting your goals and succeeding in your writing assignments. The key is proper planning especially by having a consistent daily writing routine. With a daily writing schedule, you plan your work time, set your goals and easily achieve them.

No more guilt when you go for days without writing because that won’t happen or if it does it was already planned for. No more panic attacks or fears that you won’t meet your deadlines. No more overworking yourself and missing out on everything around you. Having a consistent daily writing schedule will enable to develop productivity habits that will propel your success as a writer.

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The Benefits of Having a Project Cart

Office Project Cart
Office Project Cart

I never really thought about how to make my home office more convenient even though I have worked from home for several years. However, I recently purchased a nice three-level cart and have found it extraordinarily useful. Especially, for writing projects, as I have my books and other reference materials scattered throughout my house in multiple bookcases and even in the garage on shelves.

Advantages of a project cart

Among the advantages of a project cart that I have found are:

  • ability to declutter my office
  • put my research materials and notes into organized buckets
  • ability to swap out my reference materials according to my work priorities for the day
  • the ability to hide the cart and what the contents of it are

Qualities of a good home office cart

here are some things I would recommend you consider before buying your office cart, which may make the cart more valuable to you:

  • first, the cart should be sturdy, you really don’t want a rickety cart, if you’re going to be rolling around your house and loading it up with heavy books or other project materials according to your interests.
  • the cart should be small enough to tuck away someplace when you wanted out of sight in case you have visitors or company or something. For example, when my cart is not in use, I roll the cart into a nice little closet in the hall out of the way.
  • Consider carefully the wheels; my house has tile throughout, so, small wheels are fine. However, if you have carpeting or uneven edges that you must cross with the cart you may want to consider larger and wider wheels.
  • Of course, there are the aesthetics, do you care if the cart has a rustic look, or a modern office look, or even what color it is.