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Right now, I’m typing this at my desk, in my home office. This hasn’t been my “normal” writing space for such a long time, but i do love it, and am settling back into it again.
As most of you know, for years I travelled for work and so I wrote on airplanes. I would use the Notes App on my iPhone and let my fingers (thumbs, actually) fly. Still, to this day, I’m very comfortable writing on my phone. It’s so weird. I have this beautiful space with a massive screen and yet, I find it so easy to write anywhere at all on my phone. I actually wrote a post for LinkedIn on my iPhone last night before bed. I will copy and paste it into LinkedIn tomorrow (Monday morning).
When I use my iPhone to write, it seems that I can write anywhere.
I write a lot at work now, in this new job. I write articles, social media posts, reports, countless emails. I work in an office with a lot of people talking all the time, generally taking or making calls, so I only hear one side of the conversation. I do have headphones in the office and I do use them if I have to get something done urgently. Although, I seem to be getting used to the noise, or I guess I’m less distracted by it now.
For creative writing, I think that more than the space, it’s the routine that’s important. A ritual can often help inspire the words to come. When I flew, I would get a pillow to hug, I would put on my headphones, turn on Sam Smith and then type and type. I don’t use the pillow or the headphones anymore, and I seem to be able to write on my phone no matter what’s going on around me. When I’m in the zone, I’m in the zone (on the phone).
I am someone who loves paper, and yet I almost never “write” on paper. My planner-diary aside, of course. Does anyone do drafts on paper? I have done in the past, usually in hotel rooms, but my thoughts travel much faster than my hand and as a result my handwriting is almost illegible when I go back to read what I’ve written.
I’ve been trying to improve my handwriting, with the hope that focussing on writing neatly will lead to neater fast-writing. I’m not convinced that’s going to work, but I’m willing to try!
I wrote this for the Finding Everyday Inspiration – Where do you write?