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Just yesterday, this technology writer found it easier to get an article written using an iPhone. Yes, all writers have their various processes that help them pump out genuine and interesting articles that are chock full of words – including a wide array of methods for finding their individual muse. Let me explain a few of them to you.

Ironically, there are times when producing essays and news articles seems to flow better when I’m allowed to steal a moment or a half an hour alone and speak the words into my mobile devices, such as I did after garnering time to formulate the piece in my mind two hours prior to speaking it into my cell phone. I’d been able to use the peace and quiet of my health club’s steam room and dry sauna to come up with a large part of the framework of the article, so immediately upon leaving, I fired up my Microsoft Office Mobile app, which allows me to create and access my Word and Excel files on the go, and spoke a good portion of the article into my iPhone.

Yes, the Microsoft app still needs improvement. It crashes and sometimes delivers extra text in what looks like Japanese characters that I must delete, but I still find it worth the $10.66 I’ve been paying to the Microsoft Corporation monthly for its extended use. That’s because even after my husband has gone to bed, I can still grab my iPad (which uses less light and space than my MacBook Air) and type away into Word documents, creating more and more writing that assists me in truly becoming a prolific author.

I like using the Microsoft Office app even better than my old method of creating text, which entailed using the microphone on my iPhone to send myself emails to my Gmail address, ones that I would then have to open and copy and paste into Word documents once more. At least the process is more streamlined for me to simply create and maintain the documents within Word all along by using the app. The iPad version even gives you added features, like figuring out the word count, and allowing you to access styles such as “Header 1” and “Title” and so on.

If you’re not technically minded, however, all this stuff might seem like too much to handle, so there are other means of getting your words transcribed if you also seem to create more words by speaking them aloud instead of typing them yourself at times. Services like Wizscribe allow users to outsource their transcription needs, whether the words they need transcribed have been recorded on audio or video files. This can be a great timesaver, especially when considering hour-long meetings or 45-minute interviews that you’ve recorded but need them transformed into words as quickly as possible.

So these methods can work not just for writers, but also to help anyone get a plethora of words recorded and transcribed ASAP – whether you’re a lawyer, a cop or the next Shonda Rhimes.

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