The way I write my fiction has changed a lot over the years, and as the title of this blog post says, I now write on my SmartPhone using Apps. I’ll go into my favourite ones in this article, but first:
Where did it all start?
In the very beginning, I wrote my stories in the classroom. While all the kids played in the sandpit or toy house, I preferred to make my own “books”. Stacking up pieces of paper, folding the stack in half, and getting the teachers to staple everything together. I even illustrated my stories and showed them off to the teachers.
My family weren’t too interested, though. Sigh.
When I thought I was too old for that, I used my class books to write my stories. You see, at the end of the academic year, we got to take home all our writing books and I used the leftover blank pages at the end to write my fiction.
Waste not, want not.
I was obsessed with fairies and witches, and they were the stars of most of my “books”. As I got older, I preferred to write contemporary stories and started my first novel at the age of 12 or 13, I think. I used the old books from school and a pencil.
Once we invested in a family computer, I transcribed that novel into MS Word. That software was all I knew when it came to writing. My debut self-published novel, Every Little Piece of You, Soulmates Saga #1, was written on my laptop. Again, it was on Word, and it was the first time I wrote fiction in a long time. I started it in August 2010 and released it in summer 2012.
MS Word App on iOS
Fast forward to present day, and things have changed quite a lot. Because of my chronic back pain (I suffer from degenerative lumbar spine disease), I can’t sit at a desk with my laptop anymore. Not without severe pain. I wrote the majority of If I Say Yes (Love & Alternatives Duology #1) in bed, lying on my front and typing away on my laptop, thus putting hardly any pressure on the discs in my spine. That needed to stop when I got pregnant in 2017, and I started writing on my iPhone. I downloaded the MS Word App and used that to do my writing while I lay in bed, on my side this time and not on my bump. The App is not the…