I do around 60 minutes of commuting each day. 30 minutes in, 30 minutes out. Not counting delays, that’s 5 hours a week. 20 hours a month. Unless I’m reading, it’s dead time.
So here’s what I did to build it into my writing schedule…
I bought an iPad Pro and one of those pencil things. I save down my edits as Word docs and then write notes on my manuscripts as I sit there, somewhere between Moorgate and Palmers Green.
It was a pretty expensive gamble, but it’s one that’s paid off, because I’m now tearing through my edits.
Here’s why it’s great:
- The pencil feels very natural. Like writing on a notepad.
- It’s easy to erase notes you don’t want.
- You can scrawl all over your manuscript.
- You have a bunch of styles available – highlighters, colours etc.
- You can have as many manuscripts saved on there as you like.
- If you don’t feel like writing, you can watch Netflix on it.
- When you go on holiday, it’s pretty much all you need to take with you for writing (especially if you get the smart keyboard as well).
Here’s a screenshot of a story I was working on last week:
My handwriting is terrible (left-handed, innit), but I can decipher it. And in that respect it’s almost better because the nosy accountant peering over my shoulder won’t be able to see what I’m writing.
Is this the first swear-free Jack Binding post? Fucking almost.