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Book writing tips: technology to make writing less painful

So you’re writing a book, are you mad? Writing a textbook is painful. It invariably entails long hours in front of a computer and it requires huge amounts of organisation. The book I co-authored, Online Journalism: The Essential Guide, weighs in at around 120,000 words. As a journalist, I am used to thinking about word counts in terms of feature article lengths. Most features I would write or commissioned were typically in the region of 3,000 words. This word count is manageable to research, draft, re-draft, edit and proof. But writing a book isn’t just 40 x harder than writing a feature article, it feels much worse than that.

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