When I was younger, I journaled in a coil notebook and a pen. I never wanted to feel restricted by my tools.
I wrote my first ten screenplays in them before I typed them into a computer. I forced myself to use pens and notepads I found at dollar stores.
Over the past decade, I forgot this lesson.
When I first started writing this daily blog, my family and I were camping and I didn’t have a lot of internet or places to charge. I could’ve used my iPhone and a portable keyboard, but I didn’t. I used a big clunky, battery sucking iPad. I was an idiot.
It’s like I never learned writing with simpler tools. (I know an iPhone isn’t simpler, but it certainly is a more clunky, more restricted tool than an iPad).
I have been pushing myself back to more challenging devices so that I get back in the habit.
More importantly is that I forget the lesson I spent years cultivating. I got used to the new way and the old way slipped aside.
Because of this fact, I keep this blog.
It’s a document to remember things I’ve learned along the way. Not all of it may resonate in a few months, but if I leave enough breadcrumbs, I’ll find my way back to best practices.
Even better, the hope is you’ll learn some of these lessons along they way as well.