Can you write on a smartphone? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Smartphones are a great tool for writing. If you want to maximize your productivity as a writer, you’ll want to free yourself from the traditional desk and computer. With a Smartphone, you always have a word processor at hand. You can write anywhere and any time you feel inspired. As a writer of short articles and blog posts, I’ve written articles on an AlphaSmart 2000 word processor, a Barnes & Noble Nook Color, and now on an LG Lucid 3 smartphone. I find the smartphone to be the fastest writing implement of all.
Before getting a smartphone, I always thought it would be difficult to type quickly on a phone. However with the Richnote App on the phone, I find that it is easy and very fast. Typically, I can create a rough draft of an article in just a few minutes. When I’ve completed my draft, I simply save it until I am home. At home, my phone is set up to automatically recognize and log into our home wireless network. Then, I simply open up my document in RichNote and send it to myself via email. If I have taken any photographs to support my articles, I also transfer them at home. This saves me from using up valuable megabytes on our data plan.
At home, I can easily use my PC to elaborate on the themes set forth in my article and add supporting quotes and sources. In truth, there are also plenty of SmartPhone Apps for more comprehensive word processing capabilities. While I’ve written several articles using the basic RichNote text editor that came with my LG Lucid 3 phone, I’ve also downloaded the KingSoft Office app from the Google Play store. This provides a more full featured Microsoft Word compatible word processor in addition to a spreadsheet and presentation package. In the future, I’ll be particularly intrigued to find any speech to text apps like DragonSpeak that may be available. My one concern is that I don’t want to use an App that will use up my minimalist data plan. I like being able to write locally on my phone and then transfer the file using a local Wi-Fi connection rather than my cell phone providers wireless network.
Ultimately, a text file is just a text file and any technology that brings words to the reader quickly will work. You can write short articles, book chapters, or simply take notes using a smartphone. The SmartPhone simply helps writers use productively use otherwise wasted time for writing. This opens up lunch hours, elevator rides, and any sort of wait as writing opportunities. With a smartphone, you can claim any available snippet of time for writing.