Writing Across Devices

Writing on different platforms keeps me excited about writing practice.  It wasn’t always this way, mostly because the Internet used to be sedentary.  All I had was a computer and an Ethernet cord. 

Gradually, as Wifi emerged and iPhones with 3G connections boomed I could publish on the go.  I got used to mobile writing since it was the closest tool I had with me.  But then I got bored.  I became nostalgic for the pen and a pad of paper.  That’s when I went on a Moleskine run.  

Drawing mind maps and images instead of words is a great way to write.  It allows you to look forward so that when put it into text, you’re really writing backward.  

Recently I’ve adopted the Scrivener publisher as my writing kit.  It’s purely desktop right now but there’s iPad and iPhone apps on the way.  I basically use Scrivener now to not only write all my posts but also to store ideas for future posts.  I’m also using it to write a book.   

Because of my experiences writing across all devices, it’s really come down to whatever is closest to me and Internet connected at the time.  I admit sometimes I’ll write on my phone and email to my computer for later publishing.  It’s still much easier to insert hyperlinks and images on the computer.  

The most important thing is just to keep on writing.  You can take all the technology away and leave me with a pencil and paper.  

Get it done.

My iPad is missing here which is fine because it’s painful to write on. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.