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A clinically obese man gave me a FREEWRITE for Christmas
#1  Dr. Drib 01-04-2021, 06:56 PM
Actually, I bought this expensive (VERY EXPENSIVE!) gift for myself. So I guess I'm the FAT* dude alluded to in the Heading of this thread.

More posts later on.


* = Not that there's anything wrong with that, except for obvious health issues.
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#2  Dr. Drib 01-05-2021, 08:50 AM
I lied: It was Santa, but he destroyed the chimney. Unfortunately, the reindeer starved to death, as we spent the next three days extricating him from his prison. The venison wasn't too bad. Added to the chili, it was pretty darn good. Yes, pretty darn good.

Oh, about that Freewrite:

It's advertised as a "distraction free" device writing device. I don't actually feel distracted when I write, but I do labor over sentences until I get them just the way I feel they need to be before advancing to the next sentence.. I don't define this as a distraction, but rather as the way in which I write. This type of writing slows down my momentum, so I wanted to see how it would be if I just kept writing and writing, sort of like an excretory process.

More later....
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#3  skb 01-05-2021, 05:21 PM
Poor Santa. And then he had to account to the Australian state governments who do contact tracing for Covid for everywhere he'd been. I bet he's now looking on gumtree for replacement reindeer while muttering "never again!".

On the other hand. Ooooh. Freewrite. I've always wanted one since they were a gleam in the developer's eye and called (I think) a Hemingway. The only thing stopping me was the price.

I'll be very interested on the gadget report.
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#4  Dr. Drib 01-05-2021, 09:53 PM
Quote skb
Poor Santa. And then he had to account to the Australian state governments who do contact tracing for Covid for everywhere he'd been. I bet he's now looking on gumtree for replacement reindeer while muttering "never again!".

On the other hand. Ooooh. Freewrite. I've always wanted one since they were a gleam in the developer's eye and called (I think) a Hemingway. The only thing stopping me was the price.

I'll be very interested on the gadget report.

You're close on the name: It was called the Hemingwrite.

I intent to add a number of posts reviewing and commenting upon this device.
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#5  skb 01-06-2021, 02:52 PM
Yes! Hemingwrite.

Looking forward to the reviews and comments. I was so close to buying one (I still have my Neo2, so there's no rush to buy).
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#6  GlenBarrington 01-12-2021, 01:28 AM
Anyone who can't be distracted when they are attempting to write one profundity after another, simply isn't trying HARD enough!
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#7  rcentros 01-12-2021, 04:12 AM
Quote GlenBarrington
Anyone who can't be distracted when they are attempting to write one profundity after another, simply isn't trying HARD enough!
I find that if I write in a non-WYSIWYG text editor that I don't get distracted with the format. Words flow better for me. Writing is challenging enough. You shouldn't have to "try harder" not worry about formatting as you go.

But to each their own. I'm not crazy about the near-inability to edit as you write with a FreeWrite, but some people find it liberating. If it works, it works. Not everyone is the same.
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#8  Quoth 01-12-2021, 11:38 AM
Sometimes at the start I use Notepad++, KATE or Jota as text only editors for a story. Stuff like annotations, characters, events, plot, etc is always in plain text. With spelling checker off if there is one.

I have all superfluous status, rulers, menus and icons hidden.

Even on WYSIWYG I use styles and have the grammar check off till doing a complete check of the document. Mostly stuff is a heading or body text.

I had to use a typewriter for reports in my first job after college. I still have a portable typewriter.

Jota on Android (and I have real keyboards for the phone and tablets) is the minimum for me. Or perhaps Nano on Console Linux. I don't see that being able to screen edit is a distraction. How I hated editors on PCs that were really designed for a paper teletype, such as edlin.
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#9  GlenBarrington 01-12-2021, 12:04 PM
Quote rcentros
I find that if I write in a non-WYSIWYG text editor that I don't get distracted with the format. Words flow better for me. Writing is challenging enough. You shouldn't have to "try harder" not worry about formatting as you go.

But to each their own. I'm not crazy about the near-inability to edit as you write with a FreeWrite, but some people find it liberating. If it works, it works. Not everyone is the same.
That was a joke.
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#10  rkomar 01-13-2021, 04:20 PM
Quote Dr. Drib
You're close on the name: It was called the Hemingwrite
Does it have a software keyboard that is so slow to use that it forces you to write using short sentences of small words?
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