Back On the Bandwagon! #Writerslife

Finally, have a new computer! Actually, it’s a (HP) laptop. Since I’ve never owned one before it has been a bit of a challenge getting used to the smaller screen and the compact keyboard; but, I can type again (no more finger-tapping on a tablet)!

Another challenge I’m facing is that I don’t have Word installed. On my old desktop, I was still working with the 2003 version which came with the computer, free! Guess they don’t do that anymore which sucks, but oh well. Now, I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way to get one–any suggestions?

Overall, I’m just really grateful to have something other than a tablet to work with especially as a writer who likes to type fast.


  1. Microsoft stopped selling Word outright. You now have to get a subscription and pay every month. I’m using my old paid version and will do so until I stops working.
    The next best thing is Open Office. It’s a free Word like utility. Not bad, but not Word.
    I think the best thing to do is use Google Documents. That is free and it backups everywhere. Still not Word, but a lot of authors use it.

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    • I did get the Google Docs set up on the laptop and plans to use that for the time being. Guess what I’m most concerned about is when I go to submit short stories or poems to zines since many require some kind of Word document in their submission process.


      • That is a problem 😑 you may be forced to subscribe to Word. I believe you have a trial period to use free. It was 90 days at one time to get you hooked. I say do the trial while deciding what plan to subscribe to. Don’t get a boot leg copy. You have no support and might lose work if it breaks.

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      • There’s an option to download your Google docs as Word docs…only when I do that, some things end up looking wonky (margin, pagination, etc.) The download as pdf function is more reliable.

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  2. Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog and liking my post. Your encouragement is a big boost for amateurs like me.
    I can identify with your problem. My laptop died recently and it was frustrating using a tablet till it got fixed. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Glad you’ve found a replacement.
    Best wishes.

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