Becoming portable is a boon for writers, and these days there are so many options. Portability not only gives you the advantage of using time that would otherwise be lost (waiting rooms, soccer practice), but also helps eliminate your dependence on a certain place in which to write. I’m including the portability tools I know personally. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments.
Samsung S Note Smart Phone
My phone has a stylus and allows me to write, either in the S Note app or in Polaris (MS Office for Android) and upload to my computer later. It’s slower than typing since the last software update, but reasonably accurate and useful. You don’t have to use the stylus, either. If you are faster tapping on the virtual keyboard, you can generate some decent speed.
Tablets with keyboards or stylus
I have an android tablet with a case that includes a small keyboard. What it’s not as comfortable to type on as a regular size keyboard, it’s doable and I can get quite a bit down on paper with more speed than my phone. Again, I upload to my computer later since I work primarily in Scrivener. It’s a simple copy/paste to move it over.
My old laptop was heavy and didn’t have Word on it, so I only took it if I were going to a coffee shop or some place I could use a table. The new laptop (gift from Hubs a couple months ago) is lighter, has a larger keyboard, and is much easier to tote around, sit on my lap, and use in a variety of settings. The new laptop is connected to Dropbox, has Scrivener and MS Office installed, and has made a nice difference both to portability and to working in other parts of the house.
Paper and Pen
Despite my portable devices, I still carry a notebook and pen in my purse and use them often. Sometimes I just need to physically write something by hand in order to work it into my memory. Sometimes I play with words or jot down story ideas. When caught unexpectedly in a waiting room, I wrote whole scenes in a little 4 x 6 inch notebook. I also carry my regular spiral notebook any time I know I’ll end up waiting.
Anne Lamott carries index cards in her back pocket while she’s walking. So does Jeff VanderMeer, using them to jot notes when he’s away from his computer.
You can write whole scenes on the go or just sketch out what you want to write next. Jot down new ideas if that’s all you want to do. Having the means to capture these ideas in a convenient and habitual way gives you a lot of freedom and positively affects your productivity.
What is your favorite way to write when out of the house?