I've actually been spending more time away from the computer since I started a strenuous workout regiment--three plus hours of exercise a day--about a month and a half ago. I think it's harder to sit in one place for an extended period of time when the body conditioning improves.
Besides that, sitting in front of the bright screen, switching between windows, writing new storyline and editing can kinda give me Restless Body Syndrome.
I realized this morning, after turning on my laptop and letting out a long hard sigh, that I've not been using some of my other techniques for writing and editing:
- I've written most of my first draft novels on a hand held recorder I take out with me on dog walks. Months ago I replaced the recorder with books on CD, which has been a great way to do research at least. I'll be doing some book reviews over on Bloodleggers this week on the great books that are really getting the creative juices flowing.
- I used to do most of my editing on paper before sitting down with the word processor to make changes. I've got a notebook sitting next to me just filled with red pen. Actually purple.
- All my ideas for a story were once written in a paper notebook. Used to write drafts (mostly short stories) in a paper notebook too while on the bus or in a coffee shop. Lately all I put on paper are notes and shopping lists.
But then again, I now have bouncing globe telling me to update my computer, and I just posted a link over on Vamplit Writers. I won't mention all the other stuff I also did while writing this post. Even more sighs. And now I'm back here, finishing up the post.
I'll end this by saying the last paragraph just proved my case. I'm off to find some paper.