Necessities for that Perfect Setup

Last time, I talked about getting the computer that you are using for your writing organized. Now I’m going to talk about what every writer should have for their computer, this is either for a desktop or a laptop. This are some of the must haves that I need in order to spend hours on end in front of the computer.

The first important item that you should have no matter where you setup your computer is light. Yes, let there be light. Having either a good desk lap or natural light can never be a bad thing, in my opinion. Your eyes will thank you for this later. Granted, when it comes to picking the perfect spot to setup the computer, when it comes to natural light, you want to make sure it is a spot where the sunlight won’t hit you direct in the eyes or on your screen. If the sunlight hits the screen, you are going to find it hard to see what you exactly doing. My suggestion, whether you deal with daylight savings or not, pick a spot where the sun won’t hit your space but it allows enough light to come in the room, and then at night if your overhead light is not the best, get a lamp that will give you the perfect light and make sure it is also not adjusted to where it will it you in the eye either.

Now getting back to the computer, whether you are using a desktop or a laptop, my number is make sure that you have a monitor that is big enough to where if you need multiple screens open of your word processing document, you can have them side by side. I know that not everyone can afford big monitors and I’m not talking that you need a fifty inch television, but somewhere between 19 inch and 25 inch should be good. Now I’m using a 25 inch. The reason, if you are using a laptop, which most people are looking at that tiny screen will hurt your eyes after hours of use. Take it from most college students that use a laptop.

Now when it comes to hooking up that laptop to the monitor, you can do it one of two ways. One is either by using a HDMI cable or a VGA cable. The difference between the two is the VGA has blue connectors and the HDMI cable has a smaller/slimmer connector. So on my setup, I have a laptop that I have connected to a monitor using a HDMI cables and most laptops use HDMI connections rather then a VGA cable. I have posted pictures of the two connections down below:

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Once you have your monitor hooked up, then your screen problems are no longer an issue, just make sure that when it comes to what is on your screen, then do a simple right click and go down to display settings and then go down to multiple displays and select “Duplicate these displays.” Once this setup is completed then you are off to the races.

Now the other thing that I really recommend, especially if you plan on typing or working for a couple of hours, investing in a good keyboard. The number one reason why I suggest this, is for one I can’t stand the cramped space that my fingers have to use for the keyboard, and since I like to have room for my fingers to move across the keyboard, I invested in a good keyboard. I’m currently using a wireless keyboard that I can hook up to my laptop via a USB connector.

IMG_4904Granted, some keyboards can be expensive but I suggest not spending more than $75 for a keyboard. My top recommendation is the Logitech MK550 Wireless Keyboard with the Ergonomic Wave Design and Mouse set. The other thing about using this keyboard is that you don’t necessarily have to use the mouse that goes with the set for you can use mouse that you preferred instead. Now this where my alpaca and llama love come in, for I’m using a mouse that has llamas that can be found at Walmart:

That does it for all of the computer hardware that you could ever need for that perfect setup when it comes to typing and working on those project electronically. Now for the other technology things that we as writers must have at or near our desks, such as pens a good notebook and a USB drive. Yes, a USB drive and the simple reason is just as we are told to save our work a lot, I would also suggest backing it up. Using a USB drive is one of the simplest ways to back up your work. You pop it in and do a save as for your work to the drive and you are all set for the next time that you go to work on your project locally on your computer.

Now with the USB drive, I would suggest that you also keep it organized for when you need to find something. This sort of goes back to the helpful organization tools that I posted in the last post on here.

Well that will do it for today. I hope that you have found this post just as helpful as the last. I hope that you all have a great writing day until next time.

Organizing the Computer for Writing

While I continue the conversation about getting organized in 2020, let’s talk about getting the computer in tip top shape in terms for writing. I know that some may be have been lucky enough to get a new computer for Christmas, and while that is great and fantastic, I can honestly say that sometimes this is where users tend not to keep it as organized as we may like. So today I’m going to talk about getting and keeping the computer organized.

Let’s first talk about the desktop, and no I’m not talking about the desk that you put the computer on. I’m talking about the desktop that is on the computer. I know that are probably many out there that save many of their files to the desktop. First off stop the habit right now, because when you save all of your files to the desktop you are actually making that computer perform slower when it comes up. So keep that desktop clean. The only think that should be on your computer’s desktop is the trash or recycle bin.

Secondly, when you are cleaning off of your computer’s desktop, all of those short cuts, remove those for there is absolutely no need for them. If you a program, such as Word, Scrivener, your Internet Browser you can add it to your task bar that is on the bottom of your screen. This way you can make it tidy and neat at the same time. Here is what my task bar looks on my computer:

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See I have my file folder accessible, my popular Internet Browser (ie, Google Chrome), Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Scrivener, my snip tool, and my least popular Internet Browser just in case I need it.

Once you have these parts done, next is to work on organizing that documents folder. Yes, this is where you should be saving all of your files. Now to take it a step further, so that your writing projects are not being confused with your other files, I would suggest that you make a folder called “Writing” or “Writing Projects” and then with in that folder make a separate folder for each project. Now if you are making writing your business, and you have a publishing folder, this is where you should create a folder that named after your business, and then put your writing projects in there.

Granted, I have my writing folders organized under my business name, and then within that folder I have one called imprints, which every imprint has a folder, and within each of those has a folder for the projects that will be published by that imprint. Now I admit that my filing system may be a bit massive, but at least I can find my files when I need them.

You can do anything that is listed above whether you are using Microsoft Windows or a Mac. But if you follow these tips your computer and you will have a happy relationship.

I hope that you have found this topic handy, until next time I hope that you have a happy writing day!