Originally Posted by JeffDM
There's a difference between texting with rampant character substitution, short hand and abbreviations, and making a long form post, like yours.
I also don't see how typing on a virtual keyboard is efficient for novel writing. One thing I find is if I'm watching where I put my fingers, auto correct often changes words before I notice it, resulting in even more inefficiency, having to correct changes that didn't have to be made. If it takes an extra month to write a novel, then is it really worthwhile?
For interests sake and because you asked, I am currently writing two novels (roughly 80,00 words each at the moment), and a non-fiction title (120,00 words), on the iPad (exclusively
on the iPad), using thumb typing in portrait mode by which means I get about 40-50 wpm.
Yes, I can type much faster on the keyboard, but the portability of the iPad trumps sitting at my desk. Writing (for me) happens on planes trains and automobiles and I don't have the luxury of running home to my computer. My productivity (writing wise), has actually gone up by a large amount since I switched entirely to the iPad.
I find most writers use laptops over desktops for the same reason but I never found laptops to be a good solution given that my main computer was a desktop and laptops don't sync.
The iPad is just a slightly different portable computer with it's pros and cons like any other. Before the iOS devices came along did a large part of my writing on a Pocket PC device. The iPhone trumped that on the first day I used it, and the iPad trumped the iPhone when it arrived a year or so later.
IMO the iPad is absolutely perfect for writing.