Off on holiday

Writing on my smartphone
Writing on my smartphone

This afternoon I’m flying off to Berlin with fellow students from my German class. I’ve scheduled a Squee Sunday for while I’m away, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to create new posts post with my phone.

Surprisingly (to me, anyway) I’ve found that I can write fiction on my smartphone. I use the Evernote App which means that I can access the files from a computer afterwards. The predictive options are pretty good, so it’s not as slow as I expected, and my subconscious seems to really like it. Maybe it’s because I can’t possibly be doing serious work with a phone, right? I’m playing, obviously.

It only really works for first drafts, because editing with the phone is difficult. That’s a pity for the Berlin trip, because I really wanted to get on with editing the whodunnit and I doubt I’ll have suitcase space for a laptop, even Tiddles, my tiny, 12-year-old laptop which runs Open Office and not much else. But I can write first drafts of short stories if I get time. I’ve already done the first draft of one longish short story called “A Very Popular Corpse” like this. I had more continuity errors than usual (people changing surname) and several linking sections to write, but it went down well with my crit buddies. I’m currently ignoring it for a week before a final edit. Ignoring it is an essential part of the process. When I come back to it, I’ll see what I actually wrote instead of what I intended to write.

So, writing on the phone works. The real question is whether I’ll have the time and energy to write while I’m having fun and being educated.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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