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Here are three possible software options for writers that will help you write your book.
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If you’re like me, you have a ton of fiction novels laying around. You probably have some you liked, some you didn’t like and some you’ve read multiple times. You may also have more than a few collecting dust. The good news is that you can use those novels to jumpstart your own novel. All you have to do is pick one in your preferred genre and open it.
Get Your Novel Started with a Novel
For most writers, the biggest challenge of writing a novel is getting started, and it doesn't matter if you’ve never written a novel or if you’ve written dozens of novels. A blank page is still intimidating even if you have an idea. You have a basic idea of the flow of the novel, and you know the setting and the name of the main character. All those ideas and thoughts are fresh in your head and you are ready to slam out thousands of words, until you open your word processor. The minute you see that blank page, all your brilliant ideas just disappear just like last night’s ice cream. Having a novel on hand can help you get rid of that blank page and alleviate your anxiety over starting a new piece of fiction.
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The Amazon Fire HD 8 offers up to 10 hours of battery life, and comes with either 16 or 32GB of storage with the ability to add an SD card for up to 400GB of storage. It also has a reasonably decent processor at 1.3GHz, contains a front and rear-facing camera and offers dual-band Wi-Fi. At $60 for the 16GB version, it’s also extremely affordable. For those who want more storage, the 32GB model is only $90. Both of these prices are extremely reasonable. The only downside is the 8” screen, which is a little bit small in my opinion.
Amazon Fire 8 Accessories
The Amazon Fire HD 10 is another excellent choice for writers and authors. The big benefit to this tablet is that it comes with a 10” screen. Like the Amazon Fire 8, it also has a 10-hour battery life, which is essential for those long writing sessions in front of the TV or while you are away from your home. It has a rear and front camera, a 1.8GHz dual-core processor.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Accessories
The Apple iPad Air is pretty pricey at $470 for the 64GB version. If you choose the 256BG version, you’ll be set back about $620. What the Apple iPad Air has going for it is the ability to use it on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This means you’ll never be without your Internet connection, and there’s no need to pair it to your phone in order to get Internet. However, the dual feature in the 64GB version is $600. It also has up to 10 hours of battery life and offers dual cameras. If you already own an Apple computer or laptop and iPhone, this may be the way to go if you need a tablet. Not to mention, if you’re looking to independently publish in the Apple Bookstore, you’ll need an Apple product, which is why I seriously considered one of these when I was looking for a good tablet. Yes, there are online publishers that offer access to the Apple Bookstore, but I didn’t find them to my liking. Not enough control, and they were definitely too slow in publishing the books and reporting sales.
Apple iPad Air 10.5” Accessories
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a lot going for it. It’s another tablet with a 10” screen, and it comes with a stylus. It also has 10 hours of battery life, Wi-Fi and front and rear cameras. It has 8 processors with 2.35GHz and 4BG of RAM, which means this tablet is going to be fairly fast compared to the others on this list. Unfortunately, it is pricey at $530 for the cheapest model.
Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab S4 with S Pen Accessories
The Galaxy Tab E is the tablet I chose because of its screen size and affordability. It offers a 9.6” screen, which is fine for working in Google Docs on any other online word processor or novel writing application. It’s very portable, and thus far, I haven’t had any issues with it. It does come with an SD card slot, and I have a 4GB card in it. (That happened to be the SD card I had on hand when it arrived.) It has dual cameras and an average battery life of 12 hours, which means it lasts longer than the other tablets on this list. That comes in handy. It does have Wi-Fi, and it can very easily be paired with a phone for cell phone Internet access. This tablet sees my LG phone hotspot with no problems. This thing to keep in mind with this tablet is that it is older. Most accessory manufacturers are going to the S4 10.1 Galaxy, so make sure you have the 9.6” Tab E compatibility for any accessory, especially cases and screen protectors.
Galaxy Tab E 9.6” Accessories
If you're wondering why no Microsoft tablets make it onto this list, it's because I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a product that I know will force updates upon you, leave your tablet useless for hours and lower your productivity. As writers, we have to write when we are in the mood and/or motivated. Walking over to a tablet that has spontaneously instigated a 4-hour update isn't good for productivity or creativity. In the future, I hope to be able to recommend a good Linux tablet, but as of right now, there are no good Linux tablets on the market. The one Linux tablet that I did find looks to be vastly interior to the tablets mentioned in this list.
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Are you looking for a universal multi-platform piece of writing software so that you can work on your novel at home, while you are out and while you are on vacation or away for the weekend? If you answered yes, Wavemaker may be the right novel writing software for you because it is compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, ChromeBooks and Android.
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Do you need a little professional guidance so you can edit your book more efficiently in order to get it ready for publication? If you can’t afford a human editor, getting a few good editing books can mean the difference between having a good novel and having a great novel. Here are my top 5 picks for fiction editing books.