One of those images that stays with you when one thinks of a person who writes stories, novels, would be some guy wearing glasses, hammering away at the type writer like it’s the last day of its rental period. Back when I was a kid, I always thought writing would be a fascinating profession to be in. I even wrote short stories and distribute it among my classmates. I also would get over excited at the prospect of participating in writing stuff, especially in story writing competitions, although most of stuff either went over their head, or more likely, I just was plain bad.
Of course, I never did anything with it because nobody would read (except when I implore them to) my stuff, and writing only led to more mockery and related incidents. Still though, I sort of never gave up on it, and even took lessons of typing in actual physical keyboards. It was…pretty cool. The nice thing about type writers is that they were the complete package for writing. The whole thing was powered mechanically, so one did not have to depend on a power source. Mistakes would mean, having to re-type the entire page. Then, there is something very satisfying about that sound that comes, every time the keys are pressed…tat-tat-tat-tat…its just amazing.
Obviously, for so many obvious reasons, none of us type on typewriters anymore. We have laptops and computers now. I have been blogging for a while now, and even self-published a novel. Of course, I have been writing my second novel for some time now. When I look at my diary, I notice that I have been writing my novel for almost 6 months now with only 11 chapters written. I don’t think I have writer’s block but rather, I realized that perhaps I simply don’t have the necessary infrastructure. Hence, I decided to build the necessary infrastructure at the best possible cost and for results.
I needed something that will be go with me, wherever I go. That means, it has to be functional despite lack of ready power access. It has to be not bulky. I should work with cloud services, allow me to do research and so on. The simplest answer would be a laptop. However, the laptop keyboards are just not designed with typing in mind. The keys are small, and the budget laptops have some of the worst keyboards I have ever seen. Not their fault, because they have to cut corners and keyboards are the readily available culprit. Of course, the trackpad that comes with such laptops are horrible and will be my ticket to losing my thumb sooner rather than later.
That rules out laptops. By extension, that also rules out PCs.
That is when, I realized that perhaps, all I need is a simple tablet. I already owned the rather expensive Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse. These two bad boys work with any device that has an operating system and blue tooth. Tablets are essentially cheap, so I can replace them every few months. They are also easy to carry, the weight issue is solved. Further, Microsoft’s Office suite for tablets is so amazing, I cannot see the difference between the PC and the tablet versions. Of course, the Microsoft keyboard I have comes with a case, which also doubles as a stand. So, no need to invest in a separate tablet stand for easy usage.
Overall, I realized that my dedicated writing (and reading) device can be a basic tablet. I opened Amazon and typed in Tablet, simply went for the first option that was available. For a cool sum of three thousand and five hundred rupees, I got the device. I am writing this blog post on the very tablet, with almost no loss of typing or productive efficiency. I have my writing machine, and it meets all my needs.
Now that I have my writing machine, perhaps it is time I finished my second novel. Each week, I have been making notes on top of notes, and may be, just, may be, I am becoming too involved with the characters. Every week, the mind comes up with new stuff, that seems to make the story better. However, perpetually making something better also means, ending up in some kind of a development hell scenario. I don’t want that. So, today, as I write this, I am going to freeze all new additions to the novel, and start writing it. Hopefully, I will wrap it by the end of this month. At least the first draft if not the final publication.
On a last note, despite being a Microsoft guy in terms of what I do for earning money, I am beginning to see the all around appeal of Google and the impact it’s operating system i.e. Android has on the mobile world. For as little as 3500/- rupees, I have a productive machine that can do most of the things I want a device to do. Sure, this device will die in a few months. However, even the cheapest windows tablet costs 9000, and that still does not run all the essential apps. When you take that into consideration, I can see why Microsoft is worried about Android, and why it lost more than just market share when it went lazy with it’s mobile windows OS.
So yeah, I need to do some marathon writing and finish my second novel, pronto.