In a previous post, not too long ago no less, I mentioned that I was an old-fashioned sort of girl, the kind who likes to sketch out first drafts of a story in longhand. Whilst that is true, for me, there are practical considerations to be made, especially with a toddler to take care of. I consider myself lucky, both as a writer and a parent, that I have a day job in a secondary school. This gives me the maximum amount of hours for both my novel writing and my child, considering I work only 9 to 3 on weekdays and have 8 weeks off for summer when school is closed. Last year, my laptop blew up. Since then I had struggled to think of a practical replacement for it. The laptop itself wasn’t really convenient: too much temptation for a toddler’s hands and the cord was a trip hazard. But writing in a notebook meant having to spend hours that I don’t have typing up what I had written. The solution? Time for a tablet.

A novelist friend said that typing on her ipad with a wireless keyboard was handy for her. Generally I had heard that tablets and ipads weren’t convenient for writers as they were slower than laptops and PCs. But for me, slow output is better than no output. Something lightweight and more portable than a laptop appealed to me too, not to mention toddler-friendly.

Tablet, toddler and time-management – essential for a busy writer/mum!

I got myself a tablet in May and I haven’t looked back since. I can honestly say, getting one for novel writing was such a good decision that my only regret is not having bought one sooner!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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