My computer is gone, I am beginning to think

I feel like a penitent at confession. ‘Forgive me, it has been six days since using my MacBook.’ It is getting a new battery, and all the other attached parts – does small have to mean complicated and connected?

The upside? I am looking for one, always seek an opportunity in the midst of adversity (adversity – I am only talking about a computer repair). I have been forced to rethink how I do things. Without my normal writing tools, I have used, after a few tries and teething experiences, what is available. And what is available is what I already have.

This post is being written on the iPhone, using the WordPress app. I have also written plenty of posts using the iPad. I know that I am very fortunate to have these devices, losing my main productivity device isn’t much of a burden. However, it has made me think through what I am doing and how I do it. Just that process has helped me be less busy but more productive.

In addition, I am spending more time with my old favourites pen and paper. This is forcing me to think. Could it be that using the computer every day, seemingly every moment, I have stopped thinking? Am I regaining the use of my brain? I hope it comes back soon, all this thinking is hurting my head.

After writing this post, Darren became self-aware. He was last seen smiling and strumming his guitar.

30 Writing Prompts to Inspire and Develop the Writing Habit

In 31 days the month of November peaks into view. This means, to many a crazy soul, NaNoWriMo. The National Novel Writing Month requires fools participants to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a challenge that many of us attempt year in and year out.

With this in mind I thought I would provide the world with a set of writing prompts designed to get you into the habit of writing each day. Most writing prompts are a single word and leave you with a blank page, which is the most dangerous place to be for a writer – it is dangerous for both good and bad reasons.

These prompts are, hopefully, a little more helpful. They will be free and creative, but I’ll also be giving you something for reference. The prompts will take you through a day in a life. This day could be yours or it could be totally fictitious, or it could be somewhere in between. The experiences we have each day, provide memories for us to draw on as we write.  The prompts set the time and the action, but your memories will mean you always have something to put down, or build upon, or totally forget.

The aim is to build the daily writing habit. This is possibly the most difficult thing to do if you want to be a writer – yes, write. Of course, if you aren’t doing NaNoWriMo you can still use these prompts for inspiration and habit-forming. You can start them at any time, I’m just throwing them out there for you to use and find helpful.

The posts will go up each day at Imaginality and I’ll tag them for easy reference. Massage your memory, flex your fingers and write your words. Here we go with 30 writing prompts to inspire and develop the writing habit.

I am sans my MacBook for up to a week – distraction free moments

Due to a battery fail and AppleCare I am without my MacBook for up to a week. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to think things through without the distractions of certain pieces of creative software at my fingertips.

It will also highlight how much time I am wasting, not working on projects, but just ‘browsing’ from app to app. I will use the time to be ruthless and relentless and remove apps on the iPad and iPhone. There are far too many that I don’t, or shouldn’t use.

Pen and paper

In addition I’ll have time to meander with a pen and paper. I do this a lot, but my ‘analogue’ journaling gets squeezed between those digital moments. Returning to pen and paper is as important for my creative mind as several hours lost in Logic Pro or Scrivener. I can make connections between ideas with greater fluidity on paper… is that the digital Holy Grail, or, if it ain’t broke…?

Make the most of what at first appears a productive disaster. I may have lost an important tool for the a while, but the workman can still build.