Sunday, February 18, 2018

Low Tech for the Win!


Of late I have found myself using valuable writing time pouring over and polishing the same words instead of putting down new. Or I’m taking a ‘break’ and nosing about on social media. Yesterday I decided that needed to change.

I set aside the laptop and pulled out my trusty AlphaSmart 3000. Thanks are owed dear friends, talented writers A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder, for telling me about these gadgets. To warn you, their web page is NSFW; like me, they like it spicy. A few years ago I found mine on eBay for under $20! And that included a wall power plug and the cable for transferring data to any computer.

Dead Rechargeable Battery Taken Out, AA's Last for Ages!
Besides not granting Internet access, these babies limit how many sentences you can see at a time. That helps sharpen focus, as well. In fact, I replicate that by shrinking my MSWord and Scrivener document screens as you see below.

Added Bonus, My Inspirational Eye Candy is Visible
By the time SO returned from the grocery store wanting assistance I’d written 1,474 words worth of new story in a few hours. I was one happy camper.

Have you ever seen an AlphaSmart?

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12 comments:

  1. I have never seen one of those before. I just need to focus my time in reading up on writing so I can learn where to start, what to focus on .....and stop doing the dot, dot, dot. I have forgotten all I learned in school about this sort of thing! Hey, you have to do what you can to focus....right? So when will you start on your book? :)

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  2. No, my dear. You just need to write, as far as I'm concerned. worry about the rest later. And you'll be a natural, I feel. ~hugs~ As for me, I'm getting off social media to write in three... two...

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  3. Not only have I never seen one this is the first time I've heard about this gadget. Sounds like it's invaluable.

    Have a fabulous Sunday, Darla. ♥

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    1. It can be, for sure! Thank you for the kind sentiment, my dear. Be well!

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  4. Hi Darla,

    I had one of these but it didn't work for me. I need to see more than a few lines at a time.

    But yes, I know it works for lots of writers.

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    1. We definitely have unique experiences. ~grin~ Happy Writing!

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  5. I have never heard of these, but that is a great idea.

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    1. As Nas mentioned, it doesn't work for everyone. ~grin~ But it sure helps me sometimes!

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  6. I seem to recall the AlphaSmart. Never had one. I like to see all of what I've written, though. It helps me stay focused. Otherwise, I lose track of where I'm going. But that's just me.

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    1. As I mentioned to Nas, different things definitely work for different people. I tend to get bogged down in editing and polishing instead of advancing the story sometimes. ~grin~ Be well and Happy Writing!

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  7. I'd never heard of such a thing.

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    1. I had not either until a number of years ago when visiting two writer friends in my area for a publishing house holiday party. Hearing me complain about not being able to stop editing in favor of fresh story, they touted this equipment. I believe they were a stop gap measure once typewriters became less common but computers were still too expensive for the classroom.

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