Whether you like to admit it or not, growing up without technology in your teenage years and early twenties can have an effect on how you are prepared to learn it now. You know, those years where you’re learning your trade and you’re starting your first career. Those are the years that tend to cement in your processes with how you like to work and what tools you like to work with.
Technology is so ingrained in almost all our daily dealings that it’s either get-on-board or lose touch completely.
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Even if you are familiar and comfortable with everyday tech (such as email, the internet and some social media), odds are if you are taking on a new career as a writer there will be a lot of software you are not familiar with.
These are crazy times as we are surrounded by a pandemic and our new ‘normal’ is still unknown. However, with the loss of so many jobs and with the various phases of lockdown and social distancing, using your skill to write is becoming a very popular alternative.
Whether you want to publish that book in you, write a fiction series or start a blog, the art of writing is not just about the words these days. It’s also about how you share them, what format that takes (print book, eBook, Social Media snippets of your work with images and possibly video) is totally up to your imagination.
For a newbie writer who is over 50 the challenge is more about the technology than the writing itself. After all, you’ve been writing in some form or other for decades now.
If you have been in an office type career for years you will likely know Microsoft Word and think of starting there. That can work, but there are much better options for writing as a new career which enable you to focus on the writing without all the painful and fussy formatting issue that usually accompany any version of Word. Word is great for documents, but not for writing a novel.
Some popular software options are Scrivener and Ulysses. I mention these because I know them and use them and recommend them.
Scrivener is more popular and has a much richer feature list for the professional writer and has a one-off purchase price. Ulysses is very much a distraction-free option (still with some cool features) and has an annual cost similar to the value of the one-off price of Scrivener.
But this post isn’t about which writing software is best, today we are all about how to become more confident with the software you choose and technology in general.
The best action you can do for yourself is to get past the first step where you have chosen to LEARN and the rest will be much easier.