Notebook & Pen | Seriously, it doesn’t get more old school than this. Even though typing on a computer seems a lot more efficient and the ability to cut and paste is quite convenient, you can’t go wrong with paper. Try keeping a notebook with you at all times and when inspiration strikes, write. Look for a notebook with a hardback cover so you can have a great surface no matter where you are. Archie Grand notebooks are witty, the perfect size for throwing in a tote bag, and durable for writing anywhere.
iPhone | I do a surprising amount of writing on my iPhone. It started by me drafting emails while writing on the subway… and then I realized that I could be drafting text for blog posts and even freelance/ghostwriting articles I was working on. It’s kind of addicting and I ended up getting really fast at typing on the tiny screen. It’s gotten to the point where if I’m walking somewhere, I might even use the the voice-to-text functionality. Even if you only have time for a few sentences at a time, it absolutely adds up!
Tablet | I love my Microsoft Surface. (I’ll have to do a video review on mine!) It has a fantastic keyboard, and unlike an iPad, it has way more functions. It runs Microsoft programs (like Word, hello!!!) and can have multiple programs running at once. I do a lot of my writing in cafés around where I live and I don’t really like having to lug my Macbook Pro. Tossing my tablet into my bag and then setting up a mini office is great.
Brain | Sometimes writing doesn’t even have to include ink or paper. Literally, I do my best thinking in the shower. I can write entire articles and posts and speeches in my head during one shower. I jump out of the shower, throw on a robe, and then sit down to write right away. I get the type of stage fright when it comes to writing from time to time. When I have to actually put pen to paper or thoughts to screen, I freeze up!!! Spending time composing thoughts without the impending idea of having to be “perfect” on paper allows me to be way more creative.
Laptop | Kind of obvious. But if you’re really struggling to write, find a quiet desk in a library or bookstore and bring your laptop. Even if there’s Wifi, resist the urge to connect!!! (Or if you do, definitely use Self Control.)
What tools do you use to write whenever or wherever?