Bespoke Words App Test Drive

Bespoke Words App Test Drive

Writer: the Internet Typewriter


Different things motivate writers.

Many writers I know feel inspired that bit extra when it rains. Others get drunk. For reasons (not beyond exploring) I still like using vintage pen and paper; it slows down my train of thought to a more legible pace. As a guilty pleasure I go retro and use a typewriter which has a similar impact with a little more pace.

Once you have rearranged your writing space furniture, scheduled your writing tasks and promised yourself to write more this year than ever before, all you’re left with is procrastination or activation. This year I’ve happened upon an app that really tickles my fancy. It isn’t a new app, so you may already be familiar with it, it’s been around since 2007.

This application is, Writer: the Internet Typewriter. Quick, simple and straightforward, it gets the job done while creating an old-fashioned writing environment. Even if you’re not a writer, if you want to experience what it feels like to type like we they used to, give it a whirl just for fun.

The basic version comes free without annoying advertising. You can choose your own font, line spacing and colours. It can run from your desktop and you can save, download, print or PDF your work. If you use WordPress, you can export text files directly. It provides both word and character count as you type, you can even set yourself a deadline or a word count goal. Best of all, you can select a sound – yes – there is a choice between electric and manual typewriter sounds. The feeling of typing old-school is probably what floats my boat the most!

Big hat tip to John Watson and for developing this one. My comments are unsolicited and without reward, but I admit I’m loving Writer so much I probably will go for the upgrade! This app is the coolest thing since Writeroom; the app that inspired it. For now, I thought it was worth sharing with fellow writers looking for something different in 2014.

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Copywriter Nicole Fox Noble Gold Coast Writer

Infographically Speaking: The HOTTEST Words of 2013

Words words words! 2013 like every other year was full of keywords and buzzwords.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary Online and neatly graphed into pretty graphics by Offer Pop – these are the HOTTEST of the HOT words!  But be warned; just because you’re hot, doesn’t mean you’re still popular…

Selfie anyone?

The Hottest Words of 2013

The Hottest Words of 2013

Infographically Speaking : Email Facts

As Small Business operators, we can tend to overlook the power of the humble email as we wrangle with our Website, Social Media and face-to-face Customer Service.

This Infographic highlights the need to keep up good email health for:
  • Customer service
  • Productivity
  • Communications
3 crucial elements of every small business.

[Image Source : Wrike]

Facts About Email

Hiring a Copywriter to Write Your Content

Blog Post by Bespoke WordsWell written website content will enhance your digital presence on the Internet.

Good content is easy to read and gets to the point quickly. Great content will also enhance your SEO (search engine optimisation). Fresh is best when it comes to content. Keep the content on your website original and update regularly. Strong and healthy content will make your website stand out among your competitors online.

Writing and copyediting for the web is different to writing hard copy for offline purposes.  Strong web copy has 3 key elements:

  • simplicity
  • directness
  • keyword credibility
What about grammar and spelling? Spelling is important in any written content; everyone has ‘spell-check’, basic grammar editing and a dictionary.  However, there are subtle differences between web copy and offline business copy.  Paying a writer with web content experience will save you time and give you words that drive traffic to your website as well as being well written.

Writing: Remember the Basics

Blog Post by Bespoke Words

Cracking the whip on digital content and copy editing!

[updated 13 July 2013]

I’m not a fan of “rules” – they can stifle your creativity…

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