Good office setup for a writer


Davidhewson_desktop I run across a lot of interesting people working on the articles for jkOnTheRun which is the part of the work I find the most rewarding.  You may remember I recently pointed you to a good article about using a Treo 600 that made a good case for using that smartphone as a solo mobile gadget.  I neglected to tell you who David Hewson is so I am going to rectify that. 

I heard from David today telling me about an article he’s published detailing how he set up his home office.  David’s office is important as he is a novelist with many novels under his belt.  You may recognize him from his great Nic Costa detective series or his other works which include Lucifer’s Shadow and Solstice.  His novels are excellent reads and as such a prolific writer the office David uses to produce them must suit his needs.  His article "Creating an office for writing" is a good overview of the hardware and software he has assembled to make his work as easy as possible.  I hope he won’t mind my sharing a photo of his setup with my readers.  Check the article out and if you’re interested in his novels visit his official web site.



Excellent point about the backup but I can assure you David backs his work up religiously. I back my writing projects up every day and also use the Public Folders on my hosted Exchange Server to back them up for access from any of my computers and Pocket PC.


no backup!!! he is writing books on a laptop(!) without mentioning anything for backup. The simple thought makes me faint. Disks can and will die suddenly, no matter how new they are or who made them. Laptops can get stolen, dropped on the floor, coffee can get poured into them. A virus could corrupt the file system. The files may even be accidentaly deleted. If all you do is check mail and browse the web, this is not too big of a problem, but if you are into creating any form of content, you must be crazy not to back up your info. And no, burning cd-s for backup doesn’t work.

What works is to use a USB memory drive. They are cheap. Put one in the USB hub and forget about it. Install SecondCopy ( ) and let it make copies of your files every two hours. It’s a great piece of software, it can even keep old versions of the files. I have been using this setup for a while, and it gives peace of mind.


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