Daily Post, 28 June 2014
Where do you produce your best writing — at your desk, on your phone, at a noisy café? Tell us how the environment affects your creativity.
My writing experience began on a Sears Portable in 1964, spinning yarns while serving my country in the West Indies. But while the kids were young I had to put it aside. The job and the family demanded everything I had there was nothing left.
I picked it up again in 1981 after purchasing a Commodore 64 and an Easy Script word processor. It simplified my spinning of yarns about crop dusting aircraft pilots and motorcycle riders.
In the subsequent years I’ve owned a host writing crutches – a XT computer, Windows 3.1, Windows XP, Windows 7, a Nexus 7, and finally an iPad. My creativity is a unpredictable as the weather, and the iPad solves the mental blocks that come with an uncomfortable situation.
Most of my time is spent at a roll top desk. However, sometime Starbucks is more friendly, or even the bedroom. Sometimes the patio works. My trusty iPad affords the portability to work anywhere, day or night.
Returning to my previous machines would be very difficult..