Where I write and a poll – Writing 101

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Where do I write my words of wit and wisdom!? Well on the sofa of course, where else. I probably write in a way that any one who was interested in occupational health would be shocked by!

I spend all day, every week day working at a PC at a desk writing in my job.  So when I blog I want it to feel different to what I do 9-5. Not only do I lie on the sofa but inevitably the television is on in the background which I am half listening to and often one of my sons waunders in asking a question about something.  I think if I was to sit at a desk in a room in silence with no interruptions I would be incapable of writing anything – there would be too much pressure.

When do I write, generally early evening, after dinner.  I have often thought about what I want to blog about on my journey home from work so after cooking, and eating, dinner I am ready to hit the laptop.  I do use a laptop for my blog as I cannot get on with writing on an iPad.  I use an iPad for most of my internet interaction but as a trained typist of the old school I find the keyboard doesn’t keep up with the speed of my typing.

However, sometimes there is something in particular that is on my mind, may be that has been stewing away and then I need to just write it, to stop my mind being bothered by whatever – sometimes this is in bed, sometimes it is during my lunch break at work.

So that’s me – bad habits and all

As part of today’s writing 101 assignment I have to include a poll asking readers what they would like me to write about! So here goes – if you choose the Other option can you leave a comment saying what else you would like to see on here – thanks

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. I am enjoying reading your Writing101 posts. I also write my blog sitting on the sofa, and occasionally in bed on a Sunday morning (mornings being the time I usually write). I know what you mean about keyboard typing. I learned to the strains of William Tell! I do use my iPad but holding it in one hand and using my forefinger on the other hand to dart across the keys, the typing teacher would turn I her grave! I’ve done your poll 😄👍

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Oo thanks Ronnie, I didnt think anyone would do the poll!

  2. I need distractions as well. The only time I get annoyed with the distractions is when I am either short on time or I am in an epic flow of writing euphoria. Thanks for sharing your space.

    1. Anna says:

      Oh it has to be silence here Helen and I have to sit on a chair in front of the computer. Must be my advancing years 🙂 I think though if I was still working I would be stretched out on the settee. I also struggle with the keyboard on my iPad and have never used it to compose anything other than the shortest email.

    2. Helen Johnstone says:

      Glad it’s not just me that can’t get on with the iPad keyboard for ‘proper’ typing

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Why thank you Brian!

  3. Cathy says:

    Doesn’t your lap get warm Helen? That’s the thing I tend to notice on the odd occasion when I use my laptop on my knees when I am desperately trying to catch on answering comments (usually on Monday!) whilst simultaneously catching up with one of the few things I watch on television!! No, it’s the kitchen table for me 😉

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      It did with my old laptop, the battery would overheat but this one is fine. I use my iPad for reading blogs and commenting.

    2. Cathy says:

      Oh, that’s worth knowing – I have no experience of iPads!

  4. rusty duck says:

    I’ve tried using the ipad for writing posts and have decided it’s impossible. The formatting is crazy, not to mention the struggle to get photos on to it if taken with another camera.
    Snazzy socks btw.. 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jessica
      Waitrose socks! I find it fairly easy to put photos on the iPad as I have a widget thing that plugs in for the SD card.

    2. rusty duck says:

      Thanks for the tip. I shall be after a widget. You obviously have a much posher Waitrose than we do!

  5. Marquessa says:

    Funny how we all have such similar habits!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It is isn’t it

  6. rosemawrites says:

    Loving you post my dear! 🙂

    By the way, I am in Writing 101, too! 🙂

  7. homeslip says:

    I do all my blogging on an iPad without a keyboard. (I always had my own secretary and fortunately she taught me Word just before I went on maternity leave in 1993. A touch typist I am not!) I have a widget to transfer photos from the camera to iPad but despite the ‘skip duplicates’ button it still insists on transferring every single photo every single time so I’ve given up on that and now use my three year old iPhone camera when out and about and the iPad for indoor and garden shots. I’m thinking about either upgrading to an iPhone 6s or investing in a fancy Fuji camera. As much as I would love a decent camera I’m sure I will plump for the former.

  8. That all sounds very familiar!

  9. Diana Studer says:

    I am standing at my laptop.
    In the evenings I have a little table he made for me, hooks on the IKEA chair and keeps the heat away from my legs.

    Never work from my cellphone. I want the keyboard and a large screen. But I battle with adjusting my blog style (photo collages) for an audience which is more and more – if not writing, then reading on a smaller handheld screen.

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