I love sitting in my writing spot, stringing words together. A laptop offers astounding flexibility. In better times it allowed me to recreate my office at coffee shops. Today I commandeer a corner in my hotel lobby, or the front seat of my car, calling them my alternate working space. Still, I find myself with odd minutes of downtime, when firing up the laptop is unwieldy or inappropriate. It is then that I turn the phone to capture notes, recording stray thoughts, and reminders of brilliant insights I do not want to forget.
The miracle is the ability to eke productivity from lost moments and harness the power of an otherwise wasted ten or fifteen minutes to write. Without a laptop, I no longer need to carry notebooks or worry about pens with no ink. I use my phone to my advantage. It is always by my side.
My laptop and my phone are my lifelines. Technology connects me and almost makes me feel like I am not alone. I join groups, classes, and lectures that keep my mind engaged and think of something other than the confinement. I collaborate on video conference calls and work in tandem with distant partners. Friends and family members smiling faces fill my screen. They dance and share their dinner hours. I long for their hugs, and the yearning fuels a fresh story.
How does technology improve your life?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer