Monday, January 23, 2012
Writing on More Than One Computer
I've been writing on more than one computer for some time now. Back when I had a job that was only slightly more interesting than watching paint dry, I would write stories for my own enjoyment. I put everything on my USB drive at the end of the day and carried it home with me.
Now, I do most of my writing on my trusty iMac, but for Christmas, I finally had enough money to buy my own Macbook Air. Why do I need both?
Well, you know the answer to this question. I don't. But, I will say a big reason was that I can only spend so many hours sitting in a desk chair before my back and other extremities start to ache. I used to call it a day at that point. Now, I give myself a break, and come back to writing later in the night on my Macbook. I sit on the couch with my cushions, pillows and laptop stand. It's WAY more comfortable for me. I also have portability, I can write in the car, (not when I'm driving, obvs) or when I'm traveling.
Before I got my computer, I checked a few things. The first was that Scrivener has an open license and I could put a copy on my laptop without paying again (yay!) then I researched the best way to write the same story on two computers.
The answer? Dropbox. It syncs my novel as I write, and it's just worry-free. I've only run into one brief period of downtime, but it lasted less than an hour. Long gone are the days of the USB drive, my friends!
Do you write on multiple computers?