Do you have arthritis or other reasons why your hands won’t allow you to write?
Are you frustrated because you want to write your grocery lists, while you still remember them, or short stories that help you get through the pain? Do you want to write a book and publish? Are there days your hands don’t work well enough or last long enough to get your thoughts down on paper? It is frustrating, to say the least when you are trying to write with arthritic hands.
I feel your pain. My favorite hobby is crochet but my second is writing. When my hands get stiff and won’t move the way I want them to, I sometimes get into a funk. If I can’t write or crochet then I’m left with watching tv. There’s nothing wrong with the tv but I really love writing and crocheting.
I still haven’t found a workaround for crochet (if you know of one PLEASE share it with me) but I did find one for writing
My top two reasons for using Google Docs or Documents are:
- I don’t want to pay for Microsoft Word
- Using Docs is so easy because I can use it on my laptop or install the app on my tablet and phone so no matter what I am using I can access, in real time, what I’m working on.
I used to use Open Office because it is freeware or shareware and I like it too. Google Docs allows me to share documents with my daughter or husband even if they don’t have Docs. I can let others edit or comment on my article or just let them view it. But back to writing with Google Docs when you have arthritis or another chronic or invisible illness that keeps you from using your hands.
I’ve put together a short video showing you how to use Google Voice within Google Docs so you can visually see how to use it
You will need a Google account to use this little gem of an app but it’s easy to sign up. I signed up using Gmail and love my email with them too for too many reasons to list here. So now that you have a Google account press play and your life will transform before your eyes…or you can put bananas on your grocery list without lifting a finger. Finally! You will be able to Are you frustrated because you want to write your grocery lists, while you still remember them, or short stories that help you get through the pain? Do you want to write a book and publish? Are there days your hands don’t work well enough or last long enough to get your thoughts down on paper? It is frustrating, to say the least when you are trying to write with arthritic hands.!
Here are a few reasons Google Voice is so useful:
- Google Voice is easy to use
- GV enables almost anyone to be able to write
- You can get your thoughts or How To Crochet For Your Mental Health & For A Cause down on “paper” without your hands
- Speaking into a microphone is much easier than typing on a keyboard
- You can even use headphones with your phone and the Google Docs app to write while stuck in traffic, driving, running errands or waiting in the doctor’s office
Writing can be therapeutic for all of us with chronic pain and invisible illness
Sometimes just putting our thoughts and feelings on paper can mean the difference between surviving another minute and giving up. Did you know that suicide is one of the leading causes of death for those with chronic pain?
Some of us want to keep a diary of medicines we take, what we eat, how we feel. Others want to write short stories when the pain gets unbearable so we can distract ourselves. Maybe we want to write a book for others like us to help with tips or advice. Whatever your reason, if you can’t use your hands, the desire to write is still there and Google Voice makes it possible for us to write.
Using Google Voice is just one way to get your words on paper
I’ve also heard that Dragon Naturally Speaking can do the same but have not used it myself. If you do have experience with Dragon or any other solution I really would love to hear about it.
If writing isn’t something you like or you just want to use it for grocery lists you may like this post
I love hearing all about how you tackle your struggles with chronic illness!
Do you have other tips you can share with us? Most spoonies have found workarounds for all types of things and I’d love to share your advice. Write a comment below or send me an email.
Kim is a freelance blogger, writer and VA. She loves sharing resources for other “spoonies” to help them create lives they love. Hoarding crochet patterns on Pinterest is her second favorite thing.