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Writing on Labor Day? Here’s the Easy Way…

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is an American holiday (though with different names throughout the world) dedicated to the achievements of American workers. Take today to think about it. Me, I’ll take it literally–labor! A keyboard, three screens, four tasks, and a six-pack of Red Bull. I’m ready!

If you’re devoting Labor Day to your writing but need a kick start, last year I posted Wrong Hands plot generator matrice. I know it says ‘Christmas Movie’ but it works well for writing:

I thought I’d update this year and was surprised how many plot generators are out there:

OK, seriously, if you’re writing today, maybe you’re doing it on your iPad, so it’ll be more versatile, more portable. Here are some suggestions to make that easier:

  • Double-tap the space bar to add a period.
  • Double-tap the shift key to turn on CAPS LOCK.
  • Double-tap the Home button to bring up all open apps.
  • Place two fingers in the middle of the iPad keyboard and flick them to the side. This will split the keyboard making it easier to ‘thumb’ the keys (see inset—notice the half-keyboards on either side of the image).

  • Shake the iPad to undo the last word you typed.
  • Four-finger swipe in either direction to change apps.
  • Five-finger pinch to return to the Home screen.
  • Long-hold the period key to bring up extension options (.com, .net, and more). This doesn’t work in all applications.
  • Long-hold many keys to get additional options. For example, long-hold the $ for other money symbols.
  • Long-hold the Home button to bring up Siri.
  • As you type, let the iPad correct your spelling and complete words.

That’s all I’ve got! Have a great holiday!

More on Labor Day

Labor Day: Be a Writer?

No Labor Day Break for Me!

Labor Day Thoughts: Do You Really Want Your Job to be ‘Writer’?

How to Write a Book on Labor Day


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

74 thoughts on “Writing on Labor Day? Here’s the Easy Way…

  1. Hi Jacqui – those look fun and give an idea for prompting the brain into partial action – it is (was) Labour Day, after all … and great tips … and am glad to read you’re off for a bit of down time with your sister … take care – Hilary

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    • Thanks for sharing this, Marina! I love hard work. I remember a girlfriend getting angry at me because I spent too many hours teaching/with students. She thought my boss was taking advantage of me. I told her I enjoyed it! She just didn’t get that.

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  2. Well, my Labor Day was spent grading assignments, and I kept nodding off. I could have used some of your Red Bull! As for plot generators, I find them rather horrifying–but that’s just me. When it comes to inspiration, to each her own!

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  3. Love it, Jacqui! My real story certainly involves “magically falling in love with some guy with a dog”. Or, two dogs. 🙂 I only worked this morning – improving my blurb and figuring out my subtitle. Never a dull moment in this household.

    Thanks for all the iPad tips. I had no idea about some of them. The one I hate the most, though, is “letting the iPad correct your spelling and complete words”, especially when I write in Dutch. Luckily, I can change my keyboard between languages.

    Hope you had a decent Labor Day.

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  4. That Hallmark Christmas movie generator sounds about right… and good ipad ideas, many of which I didn’t know. But I did spend this morning writing–about a sailboat race, which I hope to post tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  5. I happened to notice today when I studied your books in your sidebar, that you also use a different variation of your name for your historical novels. You only have one Amazon page though, don’t you? I enjoyed your tips, Jacque, but I can’t imagine using an idea story generator.

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  6. Was a work day here – no public holiday in Oz. We do have a Labour Day, but it isn’t until October where I live (every state here celebrates it on a different day).

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