distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

Return to Paper

My laptop will be leaving me tomorrow. It has a small crack in the palm rest and I am sending it away to be fixed. I have been told it will take seven to ten business days, though all they have to do is pop off the top case and put a new one on. This cannot be done at my local Apple Store—I must send it away. What is seven to ten business days in real time, up to two weeks? In writing time, how many possible pages? In goof-off time, who knows.

It’s such a small thing, the crack. I am looking down at it now and it barely seems worth it. Then again, I am paranoid ever since my last laptop died on me, and I don’t want this small thing to turn into an enormous thing that causes the computer to implode years from now and I’ll have run out of the warranty and I’ll look back on this day and think, Couldn’t I have spared the two weeks? Really, such things happen.

Also, I might as well get it fixed now—while I am stuck creatively. If I am in the midst of a novel later I won’t want to let the computer go.

So, what does this mean, not having a computer for that long?

It means that if I want to write I will have to write… on paper.

I don’t know why I’m so weirded out by it. It’s not like I haven’t written solely on paper before. I mean, seriously, that’s how I started. I did not always have the sleek convenience of my Mac OS with its quick-thinking little brain and its soft keys and its many, many distractible elements that more often than not see me NOT writing instead. These two weeks could be really refreshing. It’s possible. I honestly have no idea what it feels like to write in the pages of a notebook anymore. I hope I haven’t forgotten how.

5 responses to “Return to Paper”

  1. I started using paper again the other day – since there’s no Internet attached to the paper – and I liked that I could focus without trying so hard.

  2. I was struck by this odd idea too recently, to write on actual paper (especially since I will no longer be able to sit and type while at work.) I’m not sure why but it seems rather daunting or impossible…or caveman-esque, going back to the roots of where my writing life began.

  3. Here’s to a safe and speedy recovery for your laptop! I hope you connect well with the paper. Sometimes a different canvas is just the thing that is needed.

  4. I did without my laptop one vacation (worried about transport) and I ended up writing about 20 written pages and overcoming a huge plot hurdle…here’s wishing similar results to you (but also a quick return of your baby) 🙂

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