Technology is everywhere these days. At work, at home, in the lounge, at the table, in our beds. It has done a lot of good, opening up our world and creating new opportunities but it can get in the way of our dreams and stifle our creativity.
Writing on a computer is convenient. Gone are the days when the only option was to write endless drafts in long hand although, for some authors, it’s still the preferred way. Stephen King, for example, is said to have written Dreamcatcher in longhand using a cartridge pen. Most of us, however, like the ease with which words can be reworked on screen.
The problem is, writing on a computer has a certain monotony. It’s like driving on the motorway. The same stretch of road repeats over and over causing your mind to zone out and go on autopilot. But, when driving down country lanes, you must be alert. All sorts of unexpected twists, turns and obstructions may appear. You’re open to anything.
Writing in a notebook is like driving along lanes. You’re forced to look out for surprises constantly. Ideas can’t wizz by like lorries and cars on the open road.
A physical page has less restrictions than a digital one too. You don’t have to write in a uniform font or in robotic rows. You can vary your style, scribble in the margins, doodle between words, draw arrows to create connections between your words and your ideas.
Your notebook won’t ping with notifications either. It won’t try to tempt you away with unwanted distractions. There’s no clock, no pressure to hurry. It wants you to create.
So, open your notebook today and let your creativity surprise you.