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Lindsey Rivait is a freelance writer and editor from Windsor, ON with over a decade of experience in the writing, editing, and publishing fields. She specializes in arts and business writing, grant writing, newsletters and mailing lists, press releases, press kits, and more. When she isn't busy with all that, she's plugging away at her first novel.

Her work has appeared in Windsor Business, The Lance, Our Homes Windsor & Essex County, Word on Windsor, In Business, The LaSalle Post, WAMM, Nails HQ Magazine, Zap Fort Myer’s Source Magazine, ROOM Magazine, The Executive Magazine, Generation Magazine, Windsor Salt, Quills, The Antigonish Review, and in poetry anthologies from The Canadian Authors Association Niagara Branch, Polar Express Publishing, Cranberry Tree Press, and Black Moss Press. Her work for the Lance has been reprinted in dozens of newspapers across Canada as well as included in the Gale/Cengage Learning Database "INFOTRAC" in Dallas, TX.

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How has technology changed the way you write?

By Lindsey | June 17, 2011

I guess I don’t embrace technology in terms of writing as openly as other writers do. I don’t have a Smart Phone, my laptop isn’t doing so well anymore, and I actually write with pen and paper before I go near a computer. But, having a computer and Internet access has helped my writing tremendously– and has probably hurt it just as much.



I was thinking about research and the Internet the other day. For most of my academic life, I had the Internet to rely on for research (from eighth grade to receiving my Bachelors degree). Before that, I actually had to enter a real physical library, check out books, and read encyclopaedia entries out of those huge, heavy volumes. I still did this during university, but not like I’d have to if it wasn’t for the Internet. It’s just incredible how much technology has changed the way we write and do research. I order books for research purposes, but I always find out about and order those books online.

For me, technology is largely a distraction. While it’s easy to go online and research an element in your story/article quickly, it’s also easy to get trapped online for hours. Checking blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, then endless cycles on Wikipedia, really take its toll.

On the other hand, being online lets me connect with other writers, read articles I would have never run across otherwise, and find markets and contests to enter, greatly increasing my published work.

Is getting caught up in technology worth it for my writing? I’m undecided. Sometimes when I get stuck in my writing, it’s nice to have a 5-10 minute distraction to help me calm down. Other times, I’m procrastinating while I should be working through some writing. The immediate access to everything ever is as overwhelming as it is helpful.

Overall, setting a work schedule in place has helped. A list of tasks I have to complete daily has helped me get a lot of writing projects and chores completed. It’s just remembering to open that to-do list instead of sitting on YouTube for hours– that’s the tricky part.

How has technology changed the way you write? Are there apps or programs that guide you along? Share your experiences!

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