I’m taking space here to write to myself about the environments in which I write & edit.
I’ve been fortunate to have the ability to write in noisy environments. Quaking, not so much. I have done pages of writing on airplanes, in coffee shops, next to my lovely wife on the couch when the TV is on. I can write in quiet, but if there is no other noise I always have music playing. Everything from Orchestral to post-rock and progressive metal. I can’t do angry metal. I get way too tense. Maybe someday.
I have written insult poems on school papers and scraps of paper. I’ve written with Ticonderoga 1 HB Ex-Soft pencils (I think they were HB). Writing with pencils is a totally sensual experience. I love writing with pencils. I’ve done pages with Uniball pens. But this year, it is all iPad using IAWriter. Awesome-sauce. I don’t no stinking time to transpose handwriting to the computer. Oh, and I simply type on the glass; no extra keyboard to lug around. Now, glass tapping is a bit frustrating at times…but, I’ve gotten over it. Mostly.
Editing, however, seems a different thing. I really struggle editing in distraction heavy evirons. Also, the iPad doesn’t seem ideal for editing. Too small. I have had good success stealing away to my personal dungeon (or man cave). Here I edit using Word or Wordpad before putting the draft into Scrivener. I should try editing in Scrivener, but I geek out when I load that program. Tonight, it’s me and Dream Theater’s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” (Mike Portnoy’s last album with DT).
Self, wish yourself luck.
Thank you, self!