While googling stock images for an upcoming workshop I stumbled on this picture. It sparked a memory of the surprise I'd felt upon learning that some of my fellow writers WRITE THEIR BOOKS BY HAND.
Yep. You heard me. In this day and age many busy, prolific, professional authors write their first drafts, in their entireties, using pencil and paper and only then do they type them into a modern electronic storage device.
While I am a lover of all things paper - as several of my previous posts hereupon will attest - I can't imagine working in that fashion! Not because its wrong, or bad, or double handling, or any more or less inefficient than the curly-wurly, roundabout way that I write. It's simply not how I get that kind of stuff done.
And it got me to thinking.
We all have different ways of getting stuff done. "To-do" stuff. Organisational stuff. Productive stuff. And while getting stuff done seems like something we should choose to do in the most direct way possible, our reasons aren't necessarily thus (see my curly-wurly, roundabout writing method above).
Sometimes it comes down to how we've been taught. Sometimes we've gone looking for better ways to use our time. Sometimes it comes down to what feels best. Sometimes its all about security. Sometimes its simply by way of habit.
And - harking back to the picture that started this stream of consciousness - its funny how the methods we employ in getting that stuff done so often comes down to this:
So, for fun, let's see where you fall on the all important spectrum, shall we?
* Spending: cash or credit?
* Writing a letter: notepaper or email?
* Shopping Lists: note on fridge or app?
* Keeping track of appointments: paper calendar or phone calendar?
* To do lists: random scraps of paper/notebook or app?
For the writers among us...
* First draft: paper or computer?
And the readers...
* Books: paperback or ebook?
Upon taking this quiz myself I find that I often do both. Talk about double handling!
Have you found any ways to do it better? To stay more organised? To get stuff done?