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I think this is completely a matter of personal preference. I always write on the computer, unless pen and paper is all that's available; it just works better for me. I know someone who can't work at all unless he's writing physically. I know people who really don't care. A beginning writer should just mess around and find what's best for him.


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I would recommend to just go with what you find most productive for yourself, but since you wanted a list: Paper: Pros: Can be used almost anywhere Cheap, simple, reliable Easy to arrange how you want it No sudden data loss (unless actually lost) Lets you draw a little sketch on the side Won't die on you if it gets a bit wet Probably wont get stolen ...


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The iPad is pretty good, but I would suggest getting a USB keyboard as well. You can find some nice cases that have the keyboard built in so you can open them up and type. I usually get 10-12 hours on my iPad, though I don't use the blue tooth. As for laptops, I have a netbook myself, and I can get six hours out of that without much trouble if I set the ...


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I don't use my iPad for my manuscript, but I know several authors who do. They tend to belong to the large camp of writers who prefer using plain text editors for their writing in order to avoid distraction. However, I do use it for note-taking. I use a combination of two apps for this: Springpad and Elements. Springpad is nice because it doubles as a web ...


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Not a tablet, but a mini notebook sounds like it meets your size and battery life requirements. I have a Toshiba NB 205. 10" screen, less than 3 pounds with 7 hour battery life. Windows 7. Powerful enough to run Office, but I choose not to. I carry it in a backpack on the train daily.


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I did a blog post on this last year: Can You Get Real Writing Work Done on an iPad? My answer was yes, by the way. An edited excerpt (considerably more at the link): For casual writing (emails, mainly), the iPad’s on-screen keyboard is sufficient. When I had to work on a chapter of the latest book, I turned to one app and an Apple Wireless ...


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For me, the advantage of using paper is that I often make rash editing decisions early in the process, and lose things I may have wanted to hang on to. Using some sort of version control might be an interesting solution to that particular problem though. The other reason I use paper is that it forces me to go over the text at least once in order to find ...


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LaTeX for writing books - especially for writing scientific books, with equations or technical drawings - is what HTML is to writing webpages. It's a metalanguage which will get your formatting right, it allows you to write complex equations fluently, moving sections of text will not make the whole thing collapse terribly, and while for things like an essay ...


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The enTourage eDGe looks like an amazing tablet for writers and editors. It opens like a book and on the left is an ereader with an e-ink screen and on the right is an Android powered tablet. The EE can be folded completely back so that only one screen is visible. The e-ink reader side also lets you use a stylus to write on the document you have open. My ...


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If you were going to write a piece that you planned to publish, writing it by hand is going to be the long way around. You aren't going to be able to submit it to the publisher that way, so you're going to end up having to re-type it anyway! I don't think any major publisher is going to be willing to deal with a hand-written manuscript, no matter how good ...


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Absolutely. I wrote about 60% of my NaNoWriMo content on an iPad, both on the bus and at the local library, using PlainText. Several times, I wrote for over two hours on the device. My typing rate, while lower, was not substantially lower than with a full keyboard. That said, it's not as easy or comfortable as a laptop or desktop (or a Bluetooth keyboard, ...


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I find that Pages works pretty well (Pages is Apples word process for the iPad). There are a couple extra steps to get documents out of the application, but nothing huge. Though for long term typing I would use a Bluetooth keyboard. Also, a book stand works well to hold up the iPad so it's comfortable to read as you type.


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@Maulrus pretty much summed things up: whatever lets you get the words down. I'd add that if pure productivity is required (assuming you can type at a reasonable speed), directly onto the computer is going to be a much faster way of working. You type faster than you write, and eventually you're going to type it up anyway. That said, I still like writing ...


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I use fountain pens regularly, as do my friends over at Fountain Pen Network. I'm not sure how common it is, but writing longhand with a fountain pen certainly isn't dying out. I became a fountain pen lover when I realized how much easier they are to write with (my RSI improved immensely when I switched from ballpoints, roller balls, and gel pens to ...


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Short answer: I have no exact number. I doubt anyone has an exact nomber at the moment. Maybe some site should run a survey... Christopher Paolini has stated he's used them recently. But they're not often used, as far as I can tell. I'd use them for the same reason Paolini's stated to: it gives a nice feeling, sets the mind in the right mood, etc. But it's ...


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For writing fiction I always start on paper (with the unfortunate disadvantage of typing it later). The reason for using paper is because the computer is a distraction and it's harder to become fully engrossed in the story I'm spinning. The temptation to jump on the internet is far too great. The importance of getting into a zone of creativity while writing ...


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Depends on you. What are you more comfortable with writing? Which way you can avoid distractions better? Or which gives you enough distraction to get inspiration or overcome writing block if needed (if it helps)? I think you should try it out, if paper or computer, or a mix of both works best for you. Sorry, that I cannot give a simpler answer here.


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The immediate thing to bear in mind is that the use you're describing is something very specific and unique to hypertext documents. You might as well ask "onstage I can wink at the audience, how can I do that in text?" or "I want my screenplay to be filmed with some equivalent of footnotes." You're not going to find a full equivalent, because you're adapting ...


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Using LaTeX is unlikely to enhance your writing (or to detract either, as long as you start out with a complete and properly-formatted example LaTeX file and merely add your paragraphs separated by two linefeeds). Generally the LaTeX process should have little effect on the writing quality, but if you aren't familiar with LaTeX commands you may initially ...


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If you want a Windows option, HP and Dell both have great tablets. HP's tm2 (shopping link) and Dell's Inspiron duo (shopping link) are good, consumer-focused models.


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I do, quite regularly. Initially, I used it to write for classes mostly. Now, I've begun to work on more creative projects using Pages and an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. Though the Apple keyboard costs a little more than a non-name brand device, it fits perfectly alongside the keyboard in my bag. At present, I use a small iPad wedge stand, but I'm ...


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As a Game Master for a bi-weekly role-playing group, I write a lot of notes on my iPad. I use Pages, and sync it to a Box.net account using WebDav. I'm also in the process of writing my first novel, also using Pages. So far it meets all my needs. I believe that publishing a book written with Pages (digital or paper) won't be too difficult if you just focus ...


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I own a 64 GB Transformer Prime and I love it! I'll never own a laptop again. It's an excellent device for screen typing and it is the fastest Android device that I've used. It is a bit expensive, but the investment to productivity and portability is well worth it for me. The number of alternative keyboards available is also a big plus. I prefer Swype ...


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I'm a big fan of the Asus line of devices. Touch typing is getting much better and their accessories are right on par with Apple devices in my opinion -except cheaper. The iPad still probably sets the bar as far as user experience goes, but the ASUS Transformer Prime is a very strong competitor -that would be my current recommendation. Here's a CNet ...


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If you're only concerned about the writing and battery life and not other tablety stuff, and you don't mind hacking it a bit, some folks on XDA Developers recently got a Nook Touch to support a USB keyboard. I plan on investing in one of these myself soon, since the eInk screen should be easier on my eyes than a regular monitor.


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As usual, the answer is "depends." For idea generation, capturing bits of dialog you overhear, writing copy - an iPad with an Apple Wireless Keyboard is hard to beat for portability. But, if you need to do a great deal of editing, nearly any desktop app will have it beat. I think as a tool for observing life it's excellent (and the iPad2 will be even ...


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For me, writing on the iPad (without a wireless keyboard) is somewhere between writing using the pen and typing on the keyboard. The reason I say this: it is harder to make edits on the iPad than on the computer. That makes you want to carefully choose your words and plan ahead a bit. I use Pages and Dropbox. The dictionary built into Pages is actually ...


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Just writing, no bells, whistles, games, internet? HP LX200 (it's a clamshell XT). Load it with WORD 5 for DOS or VDE editor, better yet with a few nifty editing Macros and you can beat the crap out of any Tablet (Mac or Android)... even though it's antiquated and superannuated. Or go back to the PSION 5MX (but with a fixed up third party flat cable). ...



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