When life leaves you no time to write, don’t give up! Fit it in any moment you can. Thanks to technology, I have been able to fit in a fair amount of writing on the go. Not as much as I would like, of course, but anything is progress.
Two weeks ago, I came back from the Washington Romance Writing Retreat energized and ready to focus on my current writing project. Given a ton of travel, work and life – I don’t always have the luxury of sitting at my writing desk in the morning with a hot cup of coffee, ready to hash out a few thousand words in a sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I love when that does happen, but it is rare. I also look forward to my weekly writing nights and writing dates with fellow writers. I am so thankful for my writing tribe. If you are a writer and haven’t found a tribe, read this post by my friend J. Keely Thrall. All of these are welcomed writing opportunities, but it just isn’t enough when my ultimate goal is to finish novels.
The solution that I have found is to leverage technology to get as many words on the ‘page’ as possible. In my case, the page is either on my MacBook Air, iPad Pro or iPhone. And thanks to technology like Microsoft Office 365, I can pick up where I left off on any of my devices whether at my desk, on a plane or on the beach. Cloud services have improved dramatically over the past few years and you can now find a myriad of options. Microsoft Office 365, Box or iCloud Drive are three of the most popular solutions.
The solution that you chose is up to you. If you are a Pages, Numbers and Keynote fan, you probably want to use iCloud Drive. They work seamlessly together. If you prefer Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Office 365 is likely for you. Office 365 comes with versions of Office applications and storage for one or several users depending on the plan that choose. Box allows you to transfer files to the cloud manually or through a syncing application on Mac or PC.
For notes, you can use the Notepad on Apple Products or Microsoft OneNote which has apps for both Apple and PCs.
I have used all three services with success. The choice is up to you, but if you are on the go, I highly recommend setting up a similar system that allows you to work wherever you are.
With these solutions, you never have to be without ‘pen and paper’. Your creativity can run free wherever you are!
Happy writing and Happy Traveling!