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How I write. Where I write. When I write.

How and Where I Write

Currently, I am writing this using my laptop, but that is because I am home and using my laptop for other things. But, while I am commuting to London as part of my placement programme at University, I use my phone to write. I use an app called Scrivener on both platforms, and in those three hours (an hour and a half each way), that is when I get the majority of my work done. Sometimes, if I am still feeling productive and even remotely creative at the end of the day then I will also finish off a few hundred words, or the final part of a chapter, using my laptop.

Our lives have become so technologically absorbed that no matter where you look, someone will have a phone in their hand, a kindle, an iPad, laptop, or all of the above – and, on the rare occasion, you may stumble upon someone reading a paperback, but more likely than not, they will have earphones in connecting them to a technological device. The point I am trying to make here is that we are all so familiar with texting and using our phones or our blackberrys for emails that we use them more than computers, and so, in my opinion, using my phone to write is the fastest and most efficient use of my writing time.

I can typically do about 1,500-2,000 words in the space of that three-hour commute. The same is easily plausible for you. Of course, some days it could be more, some days it could be less, depending on your personal circumstances, how you’re feeling on that day, or if you have something else that requires your attention.

But the additional beauty of writing on my phone is that I can practically do it anymore I want; in the bathroom, at the dinner table, at my desk, during a lunch break, in a library, on a bus. The same could be said for an idea that might pop into my head or an idea for a blog post. Instant accessibility is the key to my writing productivity. It saves me a lot of hassle as well: imagine having to carry a laptop around with you everywhere and having to lumber it out of its case every time you just wanted to note a few sentences down, or few pieces of dialogue – there would be anarchy!

If this isn’t reason enough to agree that phones are an amazing platform from which to write, then perhaps this may convince you. Our phones are blessed with the use of autocorrect. A lot of time is saved when a phone autocorrects. Rather than having to manually go through and adjust the typos I have made, it does them automatically for me, meaning I am able to churn out more words in one go, and not have to worry about it later, so that I am able to edit the book and produce it much quicker. Autocorrect, however, does come with a few drawbacks, of course. For instance, if you are writing a fantasy novel, and have names such as ‘Roedaro’, it will take a while for the software to realise this is a new word you have created and can be quite a nuisance – especially if you are in the swing of things, much like I am now!

And so, to cap off, using my mobile phone is when I am most productive, closely followed by my laptop. I seldom write longhand, because after ten minutes or so my wrist starts to ache and I grow restless.

How do you write? When are your best times for productivity? I’d love to hear from you!


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