Do you think technology is good for writers?

Where would you be as a writer without your computer?

Just think about it for a minute. We have come to rely on little electronic robots in every stage of our lives from the grocery store to the gas pumps. So of course, we come to rely on technology to enable us to write faster and better stories.


One of my favorite bloggers Ryan Lanz posted an article about robots taking over the world of writers.

The thought made my imagination whirl like a carnival ride.

Not too long ago, we were told computers would make us a paperless society and save the trees. Uh, no hasn’t happened. In fact, I believe it’s had the reverse effect. Yesterday I was at the vets picking up medicine for the dog. The receptionist took forever, or so it seemed, to look up and enter in the computer my information before printing it out in duplicate. No short cut there.

But back to writing. I love many of the automated writing programs. I’ve become dependant on spell-check and use at least three grammar check programs. Some of the books I’ve read or tried to read lately could benefit from a few of these robot programs too. I think this advancement is a good thing.

I agree with Ms. Sotnikova, technology will need for writers to become more creative. We will need to add more of ourselves to our writing, make our stories unique. Separate the man from machine. 

Whether you are analyzing data, running spell-check, or using a program to mimic Hemingway, use the technology to advance your writing skills. To learn, to promote, to help you succeed in every possible way.

I don’t see the robotic age as a negative. No, I see it as a wonderful tool for writers.

Pop over to A Writers Path and read Ms. Sotnikova’s post.

Robots Will Change The Way We Write  By Nadia Sotnikova

What do you think?

Are robots changing the way you write?

Is the coming changes a good or bad thing?

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35 thoughts on “Do you think technology is good for writers?

  1. Technology helps me write. I can type as fast as I think, but I can’t write as fast as I think. I also have this lovely friend named Google that helps me think of words I need or fact checks things for me. In this aspect, technology is helpful until it dies from low battery.

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    1. Google it! Is the go to phase in our family. Kind of like the encyclopedia was when I was a kid. I can type a lot faster than I write too. I once hated my typing teacher, now I would give her a big hug. Learning to type 80wpm was a blessing.

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  2. I think technology has made the tools of writing much more accessible but the jury is still out as to whether it has made the actual activity easier. My penmanship has gotten sloppy so I do 99% of my writing by keyboard now and I am not sure if I have that personal connection with what I write like I did before. With pen and paper, there was a union between me and what I wrote that I seem to struggle with now.

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    1. I actually think better when typing. Years ago, I would never have believed that possible. But, go figure… My penmanship has slipped from elegant to sloppy too. I blame it on arthritis, rather than lack of practice. LOL

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  3. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    As a visually impaired person, I rely on my computer to write. I use Job Access with Speech, a screen reader which converts text into speech and braille thereby relaying the contents of my screen back to me. Without JAWS I would be unable to produce printed text. (I could write in braille. This would, however be of little use to the vast majority of my readers)!
    Technology does, however possess its downsides. I grew up prior to the invention of the internet, social media and mobile telephones. I recall sitting in the school library with no distractions other than the occasional fellow reader (from time to time we would break off from our reading and chat). Today social media, mobiles and the internet can distract writers. Of course they are, ultimately tools and can be used for good or ill. None the less there is, I believe something to be said for the days prior to the invention of Twitter and other forms of social media.

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    1. I never thought about how amazing technology must be for the visually impaired. You are right though, I get so distracted sometimes by social media that i get very little writing accomplished. But oh how I love this age of the internet. Thanks for the reblog and for showing me another writer’s perspective.

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  4. As a registered blind computer user, I rely on technology for my day job (as a civil servant) together with the writing of my poetry. I use screen reading software called Job Access with Speech, which converts text into speech thereby relaying the contents of my screen back to me. Computers are undoubtedly a boon to me as a visually impaired person.
    While at school I learned to touch type on a manual typewriter. However the problem with using such a machine is that if one makes a mistake, correcting it entails use of tippex or (if the errors are serious enough) the ripping out and disposal of the defunct piece of paper! In contrast its easy for the writer to correct using a computer.
    There are, however downsides to technology. The writers of the past had no temptation to break off from their writing to check Facebook, Twitter or other social media. I recall sitting in the school library simply enjoying the pleasure of being lost in a good book. I am now 48 so well recall the days prior to the distractions of social media and Twitter. Unless we use technology wisely we are in danger of allowing it to become our master rather than (as it should be) our servant. Kevin

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