A pain the the ass, that is one element of this modern hyper data communication based world. What happened to the old days when I could light a candle and dip my quill into my ink pot, focusing on one page without distraction of a million devices and flashing lights at my poor retina. I yearn for that simplicity and in a way there is nothing stopping me. But we have become so reliant on these modern addictions or conveniences as one might put it. But are these things really a convenience or simply a distraction from actually getting the job done?
Writing, a relatively very simple task, take a black sheet of paper and move a writing implement to create words in a given language and construct a story on multiple pages. How can we f**k that up?
Well we have, or at least I have. My mind boggles at the various options and situations that might arise. Do I write it locally on my HD? But then what if I have not got my laptop with me? Do I write it in a note book? But then I have to sit and input all of that into my pc at some stage, for printing of the final script.
I tried syncing to my keep (google app) for simplicity. But it does not allow any formatting, and formatting it all into a script format would be a nightmare. Sure I can still write it without formatting but its actually rather distracting. It is nice to write into the final format one will see when shooting, it gives it a sense of finality and helps to structure things correctly.
I didn't want to have to go back to it but a web based answer is tempting. Celtx allows 3 free projects and of course being web based I can flip flop between devices even my phone with formatting.
But we are still stuck to the digital, the flickering lights that drain and stimulate parts of our brains that we should not be stimulating. We stare at an ever flicking light for hours and hours.
I feel as though I might give up on the tech and grab my old note book again, something soothing about the idea of just me and a note book, a pen and some ideas. With real distractions such as lights or weather, sounds and interactions with reality, those true distractions. Not what someone I barely know has posted on facebook or instagram. Or to have a quick play on a game.
I think giving up on the complexity of the digital, and focusing on the pureness of my inspiration and writing, is a good step on many levels. Just have to have the balls to do it!