It’s common advice, good advice even, to have a writing ritual. I mentioned a few of mine in the last post. But I’m not a zealot when it comes to ritual, and I feel no reason not to work outside my normal box if the end result is more and better writing.

The number of posts and books written, or hours of podcasts recorded, about the best writing software to use is staggering. There’s the extreme examples of George RR Martin and his WordStar usage, or folks using Dragon to dictate entire books, or the old standbys of Scrivener, Word, IAWriter, and others. There’s even posts on using text editors like Vim! To be fair, I wrote at least 2 stories using Visual Studio Code and Markdown, then throwing the whole mess into pandoc to generate the manuscript formatted Word doc…but there’s no reason to go into that.

I use Scrivener. I like Scrivener. But I also use Visual Studio Code, since it’s on all my machines, and I love writing in Markdown. Recently I’ve been using Word, since I have access to Office 365 apps. But the new thing I’m trying is Word on the iPhone.

Being able to write a few words waiting at the doctor, standing in line, in the bathroom, before a meeting, or any other time I have a few spare moments has been enlightening. I’ve increased my daily writing by almost 50%. And writing a story with my thumbs isn’t as terrible as I thought it would be, even if I’m still a faster typist.

So it means I’m not in my writing chair, with my writing computer, and my writing rituals in place to summon the Muse. I was going to write anyway, whether she showed or not. Why not have another tool in the box, an trick arrow in the quiver?

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Eli Jones is a spectulative fiction writer and data analyst living in the Cascadia Bioregion.