I would like to introduce you all to NEO. Say “hello” NEO.
NEO is the best writing friend I could have. He’s dependable, doesn’t distract me with e-mails or internet connection, doesn’t get too hot or heavy, is always willing to travel any place I want and can keep track of 8 different stories or parts of stories without me having to tell him to “save” anything. I never have to worry about charging him, or forgetting to turn him off if I’m called away. Transferring things from him to a computer is super easy and means I can go read a little while he does the work. 🙂 You’ve got to love a friend like that!
But what is NEO and how did I find him?
|Yes, I have a notebook underneath NEO because I didn’t have any other place to put it.|
NEO was created by AlphaSmart as a way for special needs children and adults to write. Because it doesn’t require being plugged in, and you can change the size of the words to make them easier to read, and other features, it made an excellent way for those with difficulties to write. But, it wasn’t long before the writers picked it up.
1. Running for 700 hours on 3 AA batteries, NEO can be used anywhere (camping, mountain climbing, car trips, etc.).
2. NEO never gets too hot (like a laptop will), so you don’t have to always have a pillow or something to rest it on.
3. It’s durable and light–weight. (Kids love typing on them!)
4. There is no light on the “screen” so it causes no eye strain.
5. There are 8 different files on NEO and they only take the press of a key to switch from one to another.
6. Everything is saved as you type it so you never have to worry about forgetting to save your work. (I know no writer has ever done that!)
7. Capable of holding around 9,000 words in each file means you can write an entire novel on NEO at once!
8. Instant word count (for those who like to know how many words they’ve written).
9. NEO will shut off after 4 minutes of not being used. (Don’t have to worry about running the battery down if you forget to turn it off.)
10. It has features like spell check, find/replace, cut, copy, paste, delete, and more.
As much as I love NEO, I have to tell you that the company no longer makes them. However, before you get too upset, you can get them on e-bay for some really good prices! Almost all my books have been written on NEO exclusively, and I would say he has more than paid for himself. 😉 (Maybe I should get a back up one for when/if this NEO ever dies.)
Have you ever tried NEO? Do you compose on the computer or on paper? Does NEO sound like something you would want to use?
P.S. If you have written a short story from the instructions from
January, let me know. Next week you’ll get another short story to write.