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Writing the Text

Some folks like to write their report day-by-day and even post the report from WDW as they on their trip. Others take handwritten notes (and even carry a notebook in the parks on their trip). You might wish to consider that, as an alternative.

However, my personal preference is to take my laptop computer on the trip with me and write the report as I go (but without posting it daily). This can be time consuming, but helps me to capture details of our trip that I fear I'll miss if I write the report after the fact. However, the time issue was such a problem on our last trip that I'm going to try a new approach on our upcoming trip. I'll still take the computer with me, but I'm going to write only a shell of the report as we go (with bullets to jog my memory later). Upon our return, I'll flesh out the details. We'll see if that approach works out better.

The reason I don't like to post daily is two fold. First, I don't want to take the time or deal with the hassle of being online when I'm on vacation (although I admit to checking my email periodically when I'm away). Second, I'd rather the posting be done all at one time so newsgroup readers can pick off the entire report at one time and enjoy reading it at their pace...not necessarily in daily pieces. The added advantage is that the report pieces will likely be all together when others are browsing the newsgroup.

Unless you write your report online and post as you go (in which case it's probably easier to use your internet browser software to write and post the text), I suggest that you write the final text of your report using whatever word processor you normally use. If you use WordPerfect, use WordPerfect. If you use Word ,write your report using Word. This will make using the tools for your writing the most familiar to you and simplify your task.

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