I spend a lot of time on the computer both in my main job as a Project Manager and in my new freelance writing career. This can cause all sorts of posture problems especially in the neck and back. Today I decided to spend a bit of time writing the old fashioned way – using pen and paper – and draft a number of blogs whilst sitting in garden.
I wrote whilst my girls played. It was a very relaxing and pleasant afternoon and I not only had fun chatting with them and watching them play, but I also had a few pages of useful notes as well. What I learnt today is that jotting down ideas in a notebook (which we all used to do before computers) can be just as productive as typing away. You can also brainstorm and quickly sketch out mind maps as you think.
This made me think of the comment that Jennifer M Eaton left on one of my blogs in response to Note 154 – Creating a Writing Plan that Works. Jennifer longs to find more time to write, but like the rest of us her days are busy with the family and chores. She also spends quite a few hours at the weekend walking about the soccer field thinking about writing whilst her boys play . A solution to this could be to take a small dictaphone or notebook to record those precious writing ideas before they get lost forever. Just a few key words can jog your memory.
Some interesting articles about writing the old fashioned way
Pondering on my next paragraph, I decided to search the internet for someone with similar thoughts to mine, so I typed in ‘old fashioned writing methods’ and the website www.freelancewritinggigs.com caught my eye. An article by Andy Hayes called “An old fashioned writing challenge”, was just what I was looking for. Andy writes “we spend so much time in the digital world” and explains how productive he is and how energised he gets, when (on a Sunday morning) he chooses to do nothing other than stay in bed and write in his journal or just read.
Andy’s article contained a linked to another blog on the same site, written by Deborah Ng called “40 lessons learned over five years of blogging”. She so rightly says that “writing on paper makes writing less of a chore” and that your blank piece of paper at least won’t crash (or all or a sudden decide to perform configuration updates like my computer did for me the other day!).
Writing the old-fashioned way can lead to lots of inspirational ideas. It is just ‘you’ and your ‘pen and paper’ alone together, and no one can take that away from you. The only disadvantage is not having a magic ‘backspace’ key or ‘cut and paste’ function to correct things now and again! Oh yes, and you do have to type your notes up afterwards.
My thoughts: I’m going to add ‘a writing lay in’ into my new writing plan – maybe on a Sunday morning. I’ll let you know how it goes. Are you more productive when going back to the old fashioned writing methods?
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- Note 154 – Creating a writing plan that works (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)