I recently attended ConCarolinas in Charlotte. On one of the panels they discussed writing habits. There are writers who prefer to use a typewriter, some who like to write their first draft with pen and paper, and–like me–there are those who prefer to write on the computer. I can definitely type faster than I write longhand. It is the process that works best for me. Unfortunately, I don’t type so well on a laptop.
I wrote a post a little while back about how travel for my job throws off my writing routine, and I was trying to think of ways to improve this. I travel quite a bit. On my latest trip, I brought along a spare keyboard that was sitting in the closet upstairs, and I’m happy to report it was a great success.
Typing on my laptop keyboard is a pain. The keys are too close together and the buit-in mousepad drives me up the wall. I have a hard time writing on it and it hampered my writing progress when I was out of town. It felt more normal to write in the hotel room with the normal keyboard than with just the laptop alone, and I made good progress this last week on my latest WIP.
I drove on my most recent trip, but I’ll be flying on my next business trip. I think I can fit the keyboard in my suitcase, but I’m wondering if they’ll ask me to pull it out, like a laptop, at the security check?