My Favorite Writing Tools #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “We talked about the tools we use for our blogs awhile back. How about for your writing in general? What are your favorite tools?”

I can imagine how writers like Ernest Hemmingway and John Steinbeck did their jobs without modern technology. They must have rewritten their manuscripts umpteen million times until they were perfect. Nowadays, with the help of such features as copy and paste, it’s so much easier to correct spelling and grammar mistakes, change words, and even move scenes from one place to another or delete them altogether.

I enjoy utilizing today’s technology in my writing. Because of my visual impairment, I use text-to-speech software on my computer that reads everything on the screen, tells me what I’m typing, and helps me navigate with a keyboard instead of a mouse. I also have a Braille display connected to my PC, which I find more efficient when editing. Sometimes, I like to write while sitting in my recliner, using a Braille notetaker. Most of this technology has been with me through the publication of six books and the inclusion of many short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces in various publications. I hope it stays with me for a long, long time.

How about you writers out there? What are your favorite tools? You can respond in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Writing Tools #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration”

  1. These tools must be a lifeline for you. For my NHS work I listen to text to speech and then edit what I see. Sometimes what the computer thinks the doctor is saying and what he is actually saying are quite different, sometimes hilarious.

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    1. Although I don’t do medical transcription, I have similar issues with text-to-speech technology. For example, if I were to read an address like 2448 Whitman Drive, the speech would say “2448 Whitman Doctor.” This software isn’t perfect, but it does the job.

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    2. I worked with a blind woman who did medical transcription. She’d listen to what the doctor was saying with one ear, type it out, and listen to what the screen displayed with the other ear. Amazing!

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