Helpful Writing Tools

Hello, my lovelies!  I had an eventful day!  I went to the beach with my mom and my aunt and got a decent tan.  By the way, floppy hats are AMAZING for keeping the sun out of your eyes, plus you look super cute!  I received a question about what writing tools I use that make the task easier for me.  Considering I am a writer, this is an excellent question.

When writing notes in class, I use my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and an app called Notability.  This app is simple, yet very useful because I can record the lecture while I write notes so if I miss anything, I can go back to the recording and add that into my notes.  Although this app is wonderful, there is just something about pen and paper that is satisfying to me.  I usually go between pen and paper and using my iPad.  The reason why I use the Apple Pencil as opposed to typing the notes is that it has a similar effect as an actual pen.

When I need to write an essay or paper, my trusty MacBook never fails.  On my MacBook, I can use any application (like Pages, Keynote, or Numbers) or I can use Google Docs or Microsoft Word.  I can also use my MacBook for notes, but as I stated before, I prefer the pen/Apple Pencil method.

There are so many apps out there for note taking, but I find that a lot of them are too complicated and therefore not helpful in the classroom.  When using a pen and paper, I like the thicker pens because it is easier to hold which in turn lets me use fewer muscles in my hands and fingers, allowing me to write more and for a longer period of time.  My fine motor skills (the smaller muscles in my body like hands, and feet) are weak so I try to find ways to minimize the effort I have to use when writing so my energy and strength can last longer.

One app that I have been looking for since middle school is one that can turn speech into text so there is no need for me to write at all.  I have yet to find one that can do that.  most can turn text to speech, but not the other way around.  If anyone is a computer genius that can create an app that can turn speech to text, please make it happen!  I know that a lot of people with disabilities will find it EXTREMELY useful.

Thank you for reading and I hope that you have enjoyed this post!  If you have questions for me, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments!  I will talk to y’all tomorrow (yes, I know I am not southern, but it felt fitting)!

As always, stay beautiful!

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