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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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