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

I’m taking Labor Day off so thought I’d do a labor-free article–repost last year’s!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is an American holiday (though it occurs throughout the world, with different names and dates) dedicated to the achievements of workers. I take it literally. A keyboard, three screens, four tasks, and a six-pack of Red Bull Monster (less sodium), I’m ready to work!

If you’re devoting Labor Day to your writing but need a kick start, try one of these plot generators:

If you’re writing today, maybe you’re doing it on your iPad so you can attend a family picnic or neighborhood bbq. Here’s how 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!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.

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

  1. Thank you for sharing!.. hope you had a wonderful holiday and able to enjoy life… will keep some of your suggestions in mind but what writing I do I usually do the same method every day, let my fingers do the walking and my heart do the talking… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May you always be blessed
    with walls for the wind,
    a roof for the rain,
    a warm cup of tea by the fire,
    laughter to cheer you,
    those you love near you,
    and all that your heart might desire.
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. Hi Jacqui, I hope you had a good and productive day. These are interesting ideas. I’ve only ever typed on my computer. I’ve done a few reviews on my ipad but I don’t find it user friendly so I avoid it. I also have three computers and a screen. PS there didn’t seem to be a place for comments on your Western books post. Trainwreckers sounds excellent. I’ve done a bit of reading about the building of the railway lines.

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  3. Hi Jacqui – apart from the fact here it’s the UK … it’s been Saturday for a while now – and I’m having great difficulty getting back into the groove for the various things I have on. Anything to help! Glad you had a little break – always useful … take care – cheers Hilary

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  4. Jacqui, your both fun and educational here.. well , I know the fun, my mind started to spin with all the work involved. 😊. We have Bank holiday Monday’s, most people
    work as little as possible then. Unless your work is your passion.

    Miriam

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