Google is a Writer’s Best Friend

I love tech-y things. I love my iPhone, adore my iPad, and absolutely love my Macbook. Can you tell that I’m an iPerson? I’ve been one since I was a kid, when my dad bought my brother and sisters a few shares of stock in this new company called “Apple”. Haha, isn’t that a clever name?


Anyways. Aside from my heavy reliance on Scrivener, I’d actually say the biggest tech thing I use as a writer is Google. I write early in the morning, when there are no people up to text or call, no stores or libraries open to look for resources. So for me, Google is my go-to resource to keep me writing forward. Some things I’ve Googled over the past year:


What is a common argument people have about Star Wars

Huntington’s Disease

Lab Protocols and procedures

Chromosomes and inheritance

Diners in Malibu

What are the genetics behind green eyes

And for the book I’m working on right now:

Do you need a passport to go to Canada/Mexico?

How can you tell a driver’s license is fake?

FAA news conferences on plane crashes

FAA rules and regulations regarding ticketed passengers

Berkeley California map

Orphanages and group homes in the United States

I never, ever rely on Google by itself. Anyone can put anything on the internet and say it’s true! But it’s a good starting place for me to get the information I need so I can keep writing. I usually highlight it to remind me to check it with an expert when the rest of the world wakes up.


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Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, and a brief stint working in the athletic department at University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. Her debut, THE ONES WE CHOOSE, will be published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in May 2018.

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