Let’s first start with a definition of a ‘Word Processor’ courtesy of Wikipedia.
‘A word processor is an electronic device or computer software application
Sounds good but as with all things there can be disadvantages as well as advantages.
Let’s take a look.
Sometimes a pen and paper is more convenient
One of the obstacles would be about how computer literate you feel you are especially when it comes to being well acquainted with computer software.
Other possible disadvantages could be that –
1. A pen and paper can’t go flat and works without access to wifi.
2. The software can be expensive, require computer skills you may not possess and be prone to virus attacks.
3. It takes time to learn how to use the software correctly and effectively, do you want to spend valuable writing time doing that?
Word processors simplify a lot of the work
Some advantages of using a word processor can be its time-saving ability; people can generally type words faster than they can write using a pen. This means you can write more pages in much less time.
A processor makes wording much clearer and easier to read than handwriting and you can enhance the appearance of your manuscript.
It also allows sharing and synchronisation which means that people in two different locations can create a document through synchronization.
This means both can edit and add content almost simultaneously, for example, if you are working with an editor in another part of town or another city you can work together without having to meet up.
Word processors have automatic spell checking features that help in error elimination and some also allow for grammar correction in certain instances. This is especially useful if your spelling and grammar skills are not 100% accurate.
You can also add in tools like Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid which check your information in even more detail.
Tip #3: Use a template to simplify the process
If you are not sure you totally understand all of the pros and cons of using a word processor over the conventional methods, talk it over with someone whose opinion you trust. Ideally, someone who has already written and published a non-fiction book and who maybe uses a variety of technology. They will be able to advise you in relation to their own personal experiences.
One thing I recommend is using a preformatted book template. It simplifies laying out your text.