Stuck in the Past?

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I was talking to the Hubby recently about writing advice. I told him I'd noticed most advice says I should carry a notebook and pen around with me to write down ideas. This is good advice except for one thing, why does it have to be a notebook and pen?

I like to go for walks and throughout the summer, while the kids were off school, we took them for walks along the canal and through the countryside. It was really useful for me, it allowed my creative energies to flow. Carrying a notebook and pen was annoying.


Walking and writing aren't compatible and stopping every few seconds to write down an idea is frustrating. A few times I forgot the notepad and pen and by the time I got home I'd forgotten my brilliant idea. Losing notes was another problem. I wrote on anything I could get my hands on, including receipts from the supermarket, but they would get lost. 

"There has to be a better way." I thought.


It was when I started using the Hubby's iPhone 3GS that I noticed a useful App. Notes - it allows you to write anything in a document and it's saved onto your phone. Instead of carrying around a notebook and pen I just take my phone, which I take everywhere anyway. It's a lot easier to type out a note on my phone. Many phones these days have a voice recorder and if you don't want to type then you can dictate the note instead. Or you can use Siri on the iPhone 4S. I often hear the Hubby muttering something into his phone. It responds politely, informing him that it has done what he asked.

Siri, what can I help you with?


Much of the advice many experienced writers are giving out is dated. Most young writers would prefer to use their phone. Notes on a device are easily stored, can be copied to another device and accessed anywhere. I won't forget my phone when I leave the house and I'm not likely to lose it either. At least I hope not!

Progress is a good thing, it makes our life easier. I don't have the problems writers like William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens must have experienced. I can concentrate on creating my fictional world rather than remembering to make copies of my manuscript or saving my documents. Using a pen and paper doesn't make you a writer any more than using a saucepan and spoon makes you a chef. For me, using a computer or phone is necessary. I'm in favour of anything that makes a writer's life easier. 

All I need now is for someone to invent a 27 hour day and I'll be set.

Do you use pen and paper or are you a techie?

A Green and Rosie Life

13 comments:

  1. I agree. I've just started using something on my iphone called 'my writing spot' too. It's great, and you can email what you've written to yourself /others too.

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  2. Ha,, I also tried carrying around a notebook and pen, but it was too much of a pain. It's much easier to just record my ideas to the iPhone :)

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  3. Notebook and pen is fine if you are on your 'tod' (on your own). You can take all the time you need and hopefully won't alarm fellow walkers with an animated conversation about something that will keep them awake at night. My mobile phone is full of dictaphone type blurb too - usually blurbed as I drive...:)

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  4. Since getting the iPhone I have around 20 different Notes. All of them around 8 pages long. I got the phone in October last year and I think it's a god send. Moving from Android was a good idea. Being a busy mum and writer any aid to jotting down ideas is wonderful and the iPhone is one of those things I won't ever want to give up. I'm glad to see I'm not the only writer out there that finds these devices useful. :)

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  5. Hi Morgan, thanks for submitting something to Love All Blogs!

    I don't think I have suffered this loss of an idea yet as writing is a side thing for me at the moment. Who knows, maybe I will learn the hard way... just like people who lose all their holiday pictures when their hard drive crashes...

    I wonder if Shakespeare lost ideas due to suddenly coming down with gout.

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  6. I found Love All Blogs through a friend on twitter. It's an awesome site. You should have seen the smile on my face when I saw my post in the showcase!

    I think I'm one of those people who has copies of my stuff everywhere. At the moment I have about 4 different copies of all my stories and ideas. I have a huge fear of losing stuff. Backups is the word!

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  7. I'm not a writer but as a blogger I did try the carrying a notebook thing around and it was a bit of a pain if I'm honest. The notebook itself was nice and compact but a pen in the pocket is an ink spillage waiting to happen and I attract enough mess as it is!

    I'll check out the app and thank you for the heads up!

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  8. Love this! Love that it was revolutionary at the time, but is second nature now. I got my first iPhone in 2010 (how can it be that long ago?!), but only discovered notes when I got my iPhone4 two or three years later (yes, I am way behind the times!). I do still use a notebook and pen sometimes, but the phone is definitely more reliable!

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    1. I totally agree, I use both these days. The notes app is great when you're out and about or in the car but pen and paper are useful for quick notes that you don't need to keep! Thanks for stopping by. x

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  9. i'm a note book and person kids girl, always have been and probably always will be, popping over from My First Blog Post

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    1. I'm a mix of both these days. Thanks so much for stopping by. x

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  10. Oh dear I am still a pen and paper girl! I only have an ancient Nokia which is hopeless for adding messages to and so I carry a tiny little notepad and pencil in my pocket for that inspiration that I often get whilst walking the dog! (French stationary is wonderful and I have recently found a little notepad with a protective cover which I love). When I was in the UK though, my work phone then allowed me to phone myself for free so I would phone messages to myself like a Dictaphone and I did like that.

    Many thanks for joining in with #MyFirstBlogPost

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    1. That sounds awesome! I still carry a notebook and pen around with me just in case, you never know when technology is going to let you down! :)

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