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Writing life: Unplugged

Do you hanker for distraction-free writing but still need text you can edit or submit later? Clive Brooks guides you through the hardware and software options

There’s a text to answer, a long list of tweets to read and you’re trying to keep up with what fifty or so people are up to on Facebook, because for some inexplicable reason that you genuinely can’t quite fathom any more, you feel that you really ought to. Your computer bleeps, bings, bloops and flashes stuff at you endlessly, and through all this nonsense, you’re trying to settle down quietly to write a first draft of that novel or magazine article.

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are alternatives to using that constantly connected computer for your writing, but none of them are immediately obvious, and perhaps you just don’t have the time or tenacity to find them. That’s okay, I’ve done it all for you. Read on and I’ll show you how to embark on a very-low cost, enjoyable and completely distraction-free writing experience that could transform your writing life. I’ll introduce you to some wonderful writing machines, tell you where you can get yours, how much (or how little) to pay for them, and explain how they can dovetail effortlessly into a modern workflow that ends – as opposed to begins – with your computer. Unlike modern computer screens, all of these devices can be properly viewed outside too.

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