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When do you write the most?

Recently I destroyed yet another smartphone / blackberry (death by bathtub - a huge bowl of rice, alas, could not save it) and for the long days & nights I was without it, I wrote several pages in my paper journal. I wrote more than I've written in ages. Without the (stupid) habit of checking my phone all the time (email, twitter, foursquare, youtube!) I went the old-fashioned route of using my netbook to check email, post to twitter and watch YouTube --- all while being more hands free to write. I not only wrote in my paper journal but sent out several snail mail postcards, too. I have a phone again but it's a barebones mobile that basically limits me to phone calls and text messages. This means I'm writing lots and less likely to grip my phone constantly.

My question is, when do you write* the most?

* write, art journal, collage, etc!

Are you more likely to write when something happens in your life or when something is not happening? Does technology affect your journaling habits in a positive, negative or neutral way? Does this change depending on what's going on in other aspects of your life?

For me, I'm in no hurry to get a new smartphone (although I definitely would like one again) because I think that it's best for me to write and I realize how attached I got to it (obviously way too much to have dropped it in the bubble bath!) and I was wondering if anyone else could relate.



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Nov. 30th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
As a matter of discipline I write one page first thing in the morning.
I also write every night before retiring.
If I can write during the day I will.
I say "write" but that encompasses drawing and painting also.
My journal is my laboratory for ideas and a place to record information.
It is also an outlet for my reactions.
It is essential for me and a part of my day.
Nov. 30th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I write the most when I put my computer away under my blankets. I get plenty done just in general when I hide my computer. I am realizing that I may be addicted to the internet >.>
Dec. 4th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I do some form of writing/scrapbooking everyday. Nothing and everything can trigger a need to put stuff down on paper. I don't have an iphone (or even a phone for that matter), but a nice old computer, and technology in this way affects me positively :D Sometimes I'm watching youtube videos and I write down my own opinion on the topic the youtuber is talking about.
Sometimes a lack of movement/action in my life will make me desperate and I start writing about my desperation and feelings of being stuck, but then the text turns out into a bunch of ideas for unstucking myself and start moving forward. And sometimes a lot of action/movement in life also makes me write about the important things, it calms me down.
Dec. 4th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I tend to write the most after an emotional trauma or when I'm going through something especially difficult. I've noticed I haven't written a lot in my journal lately, and I think it's because my life is fairly stable (for the time being, anyway) and there isn't much to record.

Relating to the technology part of your post, I think I would definitely write and draw more if I didn't spend so much time on the internet. I spend hours a day online that I could be spending writing or drawing. It's a rut I've been stuck in for a few years now and I can't seem to pull myself out of it, sadly.
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