Notebook 6 | Write-or-Flight, the Phone Awaits Also

#ruckology #writeorflight

Image: screenshot from my phone.

So in yesterday’s Notebook the theme was about a writer (moi) finding himself in the compromised position of having to write on-the-go, out of office and out of his comfort zone using pen and paper rather than his trusty PC. Y’know, something normal people do all the time without quibble. Well, today’s entry is the sequel. Because …

If you (I) have to, you (I) can also be productive writing … on your (my) phone???

Say whuuuut? IKR?

Trust me, it’s not something I’ve ever wanted to have to do, but today I found myself doing just that out of desperation. While initially writing with the old school method of pen to paper today, I happened to remember a couple of things as I scribbled up a page with my chicken scratch:

  • I have Microsoft Office on my phone, featuring first and foremost MS Word.
  • My phone is also connected to my Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage account.
  • So whatever I write on the phone can be retrieved on the PC later. Win!

So, given that in the last four and a half years I’ve been a bit of a slacker, if only in terms of writing fiction (Nonfiction? No problem), you’d have to give me a virtual pat on the back for enduring such torturous methods as writing with pen and paper, or — ugh! — writing with a smartphone’s dreaded soft keyboard. Believe me, although I use it constantly all day/everyday, I hate the trepidatious writing experience that soft keyboards (and tiny text) offers. But, like I said yesterday, ya do what ya gotta do to git ‘r dun.

Because the Page awaits. Always.

No more excuses.

Yay, me.


Notebook 5 | Write-or-Flight, the Page Awaits

#ruckology #writeorflight

When you have to be productive but you’re on-the-go a lot, not at home in your study, not in your comfort zone, yet if you don’t get those ideas out and down on paper you will lose them, possibly forever.

I am usually loathe to do significant writing by pen and paper, but what’s a fella to do while on-the-go or at the day job during a slow week with story passages, plot points and lines of dialogue swirling around his noggin?

Gotta put pen to paper and git ‘r dun. By any means.

Because the Page awaits.

I should probably hashtag that one too.

Notebook 4 | Random Deep Thought 2 . . .

…from sitting on the couch: One of our biggest weaknesses occurs when we allow our selfish emotions to override our intelligence in a fundamentally negative way. Especially for reasons that are exclusively self-serving, dismissing the fact that we share this planet…this life…with others.

Notebook 3 | Random Deep Thought 1 . . .

…from the shower: The main thing about being an adult…mentally…emotionally…hell, physically too…is accepting that things will never ever be as they once were. That begs the question: Why the hell did I decide to become one?

Notebook 2 | Self-Observation #1

I’m one of those writers who is far more into the creative process — the creation of characters, the development of new ideas, the building plot, all the brainstorming — than I am into the actual writing. Creation is easy, like breathing. Writing is work. Feels like work. Requires the stick-to-it-iveness of work. For the most part it’s enjoyable work, no doubt about it. However…

Writing is a mind at work. Creation is a mind at play.

I suppose I like to play more than I like to work, so that balance can be a struggle.

Notebook 1 | The Power of a Notebook . . . and a Pen

I don’t like to write longhand. My penmanship has never been the greatest, and I absolutely loathe writing in cursive. When I had finally discovered the true infinite power of the keyboard while in high school, I’ve been a ‘keyboard kid’ ever since. Well, at least by preference. It was a while after that before I was able to write by keyboard regularly.

When I got serious about writing in the mid 90s, I had a crappy Brother word processor/typewriter hybrid that allowed me to seize the power of the keyboard. But it was a cumbersome writing tool and so I still had to rely on writing longhand quite a bit. After it went bye-bye around ’97 or so, I had to do my writing exclusively by hand until ’98 when I got a desk job and also when I got my first Windows PC at home (yeah, poor people are slow to these kinds of things).

So prior to that time I always had notebooks laying around, filled with story starts and ideas. Pack rat that I am, I still have them stashed away somewhere. Writing by keyboard is still my preferred method of writing, mainly because of speed and the ease of erasure (the backspace and delete keys are my best friends).

Well, after realizing recently that some of my favorite authors still use notebooks for either story notes keeping (Warren Ellis & Bob Thurber), or for the actual writing of stories before moving it over to the keyboard (Elmore Leonard & Stephen King), I’m giving some serious thought to using a paper notebook at least for note-keeping like I used to, though I doubt I will use it for proper writing stories, but who knows? Point is, I should probably stop keeping everything jumbled up in my noodle prior to getting it out on keyboard, especially since I can’t ever turn off my creative mind and my time for actual writing is so conditional these days with everything I have going on. It just makes since to start keeping a notebook and a trusty pen handy.

And there’s something about a blank notebook that inspires you to fill its lines with sentences and paragraphs. There’s a fetish aspect to it that I’d like to get back to. These may be out of my price range, but Ellis recommends quality notebooks by FIELD NOTES.

They have quite the array, and here are a just a few:
And speaking of pens, my pen of choice for over five years now:
The G-2 (0.7mm) Gel Rolling Ball Pen (w/ rubber grip) by PILOT

Writes smooth as a baby’s arse.


Accept no substitute.