Ever Feel You Need To Get Away From the Computer to Get Writing Done?

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Do you ever feel you need to get away from the #$%! computer for a while in order to get some good writing done?

What alternatives do you use?
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Yep, just a simple notebook and pen will get you tons of quality writing written quickly.

    Edit: Of course, then you need to go back to the computer to type it up!

    But I can get a lot more done getting away from the computer. Also, putting yourself into a totally different environment can help wonders. Get down the garden or out into a park. Heck, sit under a remote tree in the woods.
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    • Profile picture of the author Wytnyt
      Originally Posted by DPM70 View Post

      Yep, just a simple notebook and pen will get you tons of quality writing written quickly.

      Edit: Of course, then you need to go back to the computer to type it up!

      But I can get a lot more done getting away from the computer. Also, putting yourself into a totally different environment can help wonders. Get down the garden or out into a park. Heck, sit under a remote tree in the woods.
      I prefer this method as well. My ideas flow better when I'm holding a pen and writing on a notebook, or a piece of paper.
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Painting or drawing/doodling can also help. I've been down here in St. Ives, Cornwall for a couple of weeks and one of the restaurants provided crayons (mainly for the kids, lol) to draw doodles on the paper tableclothes. Scribbling, doodling or sketch painting can definitely help you to come up with ideas to write about and you can steer them the way of a desired subject matter - just make sure you don't leave your horror stories/doodles behind for the restaurant staff to trace you
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  • Profile picture of the author CabTenson
    Originally Posted by saleswriter101 View Post

    Do you ever feel you need to get away from the #$%! computer for a while in order to get some good writing done?

    What alternatives do you use?
    I am like that when writing for myself or in freelance situations. However, I've found that with in-house writing positions (where I need to write in the office while surrounded by other people), I can do it on the computer with little distraction.
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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    Brainstorming can help you a lot.
    You can use Google, or you can take in the conversation the topic you want to write about with other people (friends, family, etc.). They will get you freshness and new perspectives.
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  • Profile picture of the author eshoppingez
    Yes, sometimes, especially when the topic is difficult. I prefer jotting down the points before consolidating them, and using a pen is better for this purpose than the keyboard.
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  • Profile picture of the author enterscope
    I hate sitting in front of the computer. I find that standing up with the computer on a counter at near eye level helps change things up. Also, taking a drive to a free wifi spot and working in the car with the windows down is nice.

    Having a lap top is a MUST in this day and age. Desktops are way outdated. Laptops are just as fast nowadays and you can get everything done plus be able to move around.
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  • Profile picture of the author xrampage16
    I find that I do my best thinking and problem solving when I take a shower. I'll often be working on a problem for hours, and then just tell myself to go take a shower and think of the solution half way through. Sometimes a change of location, or giving your mind a break is the best way to solve the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Hill
    This is an interesting Wall Street Journal article discussing how and why handwriting trains the brain differently than typing.

    How Handwriting Boosts the Brain - WSJ.com

    This related article is also informative:

    Why You Learn More Effectively by Writing Than Typing

    I was trying to find the often-quoted but possibly mythical Harvard study on the same subject - has anyone seen it?

    This has implications for copywriting. Specifically, I was trying to determine why the physical act of writing out classic ads by hand is thought to be so much better than studying them or typing them out for the same amount of time.

    It is relatively established that handwriting improves idea flow because of the cognitive hand/mind association, but I've seen less evidence that it reinforces learning of abstract concepts and structures (as opposed to learning symbols such as those found in Chinese writing).
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  • Profile picture of the author MBDirect
    When stumped for the answer to a particular writing challenge, one of us walks into another room and performs some kind of task (you know, like doing dishes in the kitchen or whatever) without trying to concentrate on the writing challenge, yet the solution usually comes "out of the blue." The other takes a nap and can somehow make himself dream of the solution.

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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    I've written very successful copy; all my best writing is done in bed, with legal pad and pen, away from the computer. I can diagram out copy blocks, mind map, and think, free from distraction of computers.
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  • Profile picture of the author erichammer
    I do like a nice marble notebook once in a while. It lets me feel like I'm a kid again and writing because I enjoy it, not because I have a deadline to meet. However, most often, I just like to go for a walk and clear my head. Then I can get back to the computer and do some more writing. Of course, coming to WF is also a good distraction for me...
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    • Profile picture of the author dtone
      I've found that the thinking or inspiration about a piece hardly ever happens in front of the computer. Just letting the ideas come naturally, like when doing another task (or in the shower, as above) gives me the seeds and key phrases for the topic but then I have to formulate those ideas into a coherent article and that, for me, has to be on a PC.

      Have been travelling a lot recently and am amazed how easy it is to write on a train! My iPad is is the tool of choice and typing on the keypad is surprisingly easy - I now prefer it to a real keyboard.
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