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Date Sun Apr-08-12 12:50 PM
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When I was a commercial driver, I ran into this. I split up the writing process into two parts:

Brainstorming and Plotting: When driving, or at times when I knew I would have only a few minutes, I would keep a pad and pen around to brainstorm specific story points. Sometimes it was worldbuilding points, or conflicts, or scenes. With the pad and paper I could jot them down fast and still be available to my job easily.

Actual Writing: During longer periods, such as waiting for clearance to put the semi to a door for unloading, I would bring out the computer to actually write. Thanks to all the times I'd brainstormed during the smaller time-snatches, I usually knew what direction the story was heading in. So, off I went, writing!

Doing the two things up above, I was able to get more writing than I expected done. Part of the issue was training the brain to take advantage of the smaller time periods, especially if it's accustomed to having longer periods. Once off the truck, I found this continued to help my write more even in a lifestyle where I had more time. If you can learn it, it will really push your productivity.

I concur with the idea of a cheap laptop or netbook. Depending on how adaptable your fingers are, something with a small keyboard might work, as it will also mean a smaller computer you can put in the glove compartment or somewhere else out of sight. Considering you are now a cab driver, make it something that wouldn't leave you destitute if you lost. Back up your work from it a LOT.

By the way, congrats on a new job and a new life! I hope it means a wonderful new start for you!

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Writing in fits and starts [View all] , Michael E. Walston, Fri Apr-06-12 10:26 PM
  RE: Writing in fits and starts, Erin_M_H, Apr 06th 2012, #1
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 07th 2012, #4
RE: Writing in fits and starts, junedrexler, Apr 07th 2012, #2
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 07th 2012, #5
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Linda Adams, Apr 07th 2012, #3
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 07th 2012, #6
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Wandering Author, Apr 07th 2012, #7
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 08th 2012, #9
      RE: Writing in fits and starts, Wandering Author, Apr 08th 2012, #12
      RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 08th 2012, #13
           RE: Writing in fits and starts, Wandering Author, Apr 08th 2012, #17
      RE: Writing in fits and starts, MarFisk, Apr 08th 2012, #16
RE: Writing in fits and starts, MarFisk, Apr 08th 2012, #8
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 08th 2012, #10
      RE: Writing in fits and starts, MarFisk, Apr 08th 2012, #15
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Dreamerscove, Apr 08th 2012 #11
RE: Writing in fits and starts, Michael E. Walston, Apr 08th 2012, #14
      RE: Writing in fits and starts, Wandering Author, Apr 08th 2012, #18
           RE: Writing in fits and starts, DianeW, Apr 09th 2012, #19
RE: Writing in fits and starts, CatrinP, Apr 09th 2012, #20

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