Words on the Move. Plus, one sore thumb!


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Do you write while you are travelling? How do you make it work?


I don’t really travel that much these days. But when I do, I carry a notebook and pen just about everywhere I go.

I learned my lesson, a few years ago, when I had an idea for a short story while I was waiting for a delayed appointment. In the hour or so that I had to wait, I wrote the basis of the tale on my mobile phone, using the keypad and my thumb.

There’s a link to that short story below.


While I understand that you have to suffer for your art, after that experience, I resolved never to travel without a better way of getting the words down.

At first, I had a small keyboard that connected to my phone but that proved hard to carry and use, hence the return to a notebook.

I also have a dictation app on my phone that I can use for making quick notes in places where I can use it without seeming weird or appearing to be some sort of spy. This app converts my words to a document file and saves it in the cloud, so that I can edit it or join it onto another piece when I get home.

If I get an idea while driving, I just have to hold it in my head, unless I have a passenger who will write it down for me (thanks, Yvonne) or a convenient place to stop for a moment.

All in all, I think I’ve got it covered.


And the story I wrote with my thumb? You can find it here.

Please read it and tell me what you think. Was it worth the week or so of muscle pain that resulted?


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8 Responses

  1. Stevie Turner

    Yes, I carry a notebook and pen around too. I suppose I could type notes on my phone, but it doesn’t usually occur to me to do that. A notebook is easier!

    • Richard Dee

      The phone thing was a combination of boredom and a desire not to lose the thread of a tale. I was pleased with the result but, never again.

    • Richard Dee

      I was actually getting quite fast by the end of it. It’s not a skill I wish to maintain.

  2. Lela Markham

    Typing with your thumbs, the worst!

    I carry a notebook and I also, if I can, bring my laptop. I don’t use my cell for verbal notes because people look at you weird when you’re talking to yourself in the airport.

    • Richard Dee

      I’ve received the funny looks, there seem to be a lot of guilty/suspicious people about. Maybe there’s a story there?

  3. Samantha J Bryant

    I use voice memo and the Notes app on my phone quite a bit, too. And I enjoyed your story! Wish stories often go so dark, so it was kind of cool that yours felt upbeat and hopeful. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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