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I'm heading over to the east coast next week (gah! they're talking about a hurricane! I can't freaking believe it, I can just see my nonrefundable vacation coming apart at the seams) and assuming I get there, I wanted to leave my laptop at home and just use my iPad (3, I think it is, or possibly 4). The thing is, I have a story I'm in the middle of and I don't think I can finish writing by next Wed., so I kind of wanted to bring the crappy little portable foldable keyboard with me and try to write. I had a tough time with it last year, but I'm willing to persevere just because I'm at 15,500 already on this thing and I'm only halfway there. Even if I finish writing, I'd like to rewrite.

But my iPad doesn't have much space, and I really don't think writing in Evernote's an option for various reasons, but I was thinking I could potentially use Google docs. I don't really know how to use it, though--I guess I log into my Google email account, and poke till I find it (that seemed to be the method when I had to send someone a file recently), but on an iPad, I have no idea. Do I have to access it in Safari? Or is there an app that I have to get (beyond the Gmail app I have, which I've never bothered to configure, though, on my iPad because my phone's easier to get mail on)?

I hate the thought of doing rewrites on an iPad because it's next to impossible to select text and move it, I've found, with the touchpad. But I hate the thought of not working on this stupid story more. So how do you actually use Google docs in a sitch like this?

Ugh, the futility of writing. I don't know why I waste so much blood, sweat, and tears on this.


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Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
The easiest way would be to get the Google Doc app--which is free. I'm not sure exactly how it would work on an iPad but I use Google Sheets on a Galaxy tablet that also has my Gmail configured and I don't have to sign in--just open the app, select the sheet I'm working on and start typing.

There aren't a lot of formatting options, but it's excellent at auto saving. And if I make a change on my phone, it shows up on the tablet and if I sign into my Google account on my laptop.

If you're not on an Android device, I expect you'll have to sign in with your Gmail account the first time you use the app.

Edited at 2015-10-02 01:52 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
I believe that hurricanes often constitute a "get out of jail free" card for nonrefundable items. In any case, please stay safe and dry, and I hope you have a good time, whatever happens.
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