Far away

When you read this I’ll be far away.  I’ll be hiking, and reading books, and eating cake, and drinking wine.  Perhaps not all at the same time.

I suppose it’s not much of an adventure to some, toddling around a few English hills.  But I’ll be far away from home and far away from the everyday routine and that means my eyes will be open for new ideas without my having to remind myself.

Yes, I’ll bring a notebook.

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Don’t switch it on

pen and paperIt’s the only way to begin.

If I begin the day writing, I’m likely to continue writing.  If I  begin the day by switching on the computer (to use it as my writing tool), I’m likely to spend hours reading other people’s writing, responding to business emails and getting caught up in my other work.

So now, I don’t switch it on.

Yes, writing with a pen is slower than typing.  But writing something is better than writing nothing.

Yes, at some point I have to type up what I’ve written – assuming I decide to use it.  But that’s a great opportunity for editing, and I can do it later in the day when I’ve already done my most creative work and set myself on the writing track for the day.

I also find that once I’ve begun on paper, I’m somehow less easily distracted once I do migrate to the keyboard.

I’m biased, of course.  I’ve always loved pens and notebooks and look for any excuse to use them.  But this really does work, I promise – at least for me, and at least for this week.