As I write these words, I’m traveling to my first live event
in 14 months. The connection on my flight got pushed back several hours. I had
three hours to fill in my connecting airport which gave me plenty of time to
reach my connecting gate. What do you do during those times of sitting around
Some people pull put a novel and read. Others sit and watch
people. Others shop in the airport shops. I tend to pull out my AlphaSmart 3000
and do a bit of writing.
This little gismo is rarely seen—old technology yet it holds
over 140 pages of text. A full size keyboard, you only see four lines on your
screen and it is not connected to the Internet. It works on several AA
batteries and you never lose anything you put into it.
Of course when I get to my computer, I move the material
from my AlphaSmart to my computer for editing and safe keeping. This little
keyboard is just for writing. I’ve written on airplane, in libraries and all
sorts of places because it is so easy to use.
To be honest I am not skilled at texting on my phone. If I were, I could possibly do this unexpected
writing on my phone. You do have to plan ahead to carry the AlphaSmart with you
and then pull it out and use it in these unplanned moments to kill time.
For each of us, unexpected things come in our day. Maybe you plan a meeting and that person
doesn’t come. Or you arrive at a session at the wrong time. Do you have
something which feeds into your writing life to pull out and use in these spare
Here are some writing related ideas:
Listen to an
audiobook. In the past, I’ve mentioned my love for audiobooks. I carry some
ear buds. I’ve checked out these audiobooks through my local library
(overdrive). If I have a few moments, I will put on my ear buds and listen to a
few more minutes of my audiobook. I’ve listened when I’m standing in a long
line and other places. I normally listen to nonfiction books which feed into my
writing life. After I complete the audiobook, I usually take a few minutes and
write a review to post on Goodreads and Amazon.
Read a small physical
book. I select a small book and carry it with me in my briefcase or travel
bag. In these unexpected moments, I will read more pages in my book. Like the
audiobook, when I complete it, I will write a short review.
Plan a new writing
project. Like most of us, I have more ideas than I can ever possibly write.
When these ideas come, often I will make some notes and maybe the start of an
outline for it to get it moving. For my writing life, capturing the essence of
the idea is an important part of the process and can happen in these moments
when I’m killing some time.
I’m probably missing some ways to kill time. Let me know
your methods in the comments below.
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