Don't Ignore the Power of Paper

How Paper and Glue Books Might Lead to Your Next Best Idea.

I admit that more often than not, I used the computer to answer my questions. I have a nifty widget that pops up and becomes an instant thesaurus and dictionary. But there are some times that I need to yank that old paper and glue tome off its bookshelf and turn some pages.

I saw this article by Tim Kane and thought how interesting. This writer is speaking to me, telling me to slow down. You can read the full post via the link.

This week, I have felt overwhelmed by technology.  I am writing, editing, writing blogs, posting tweets, checking other’s tweets to see if they have linked to anything good, checking my follower list to see if anyone new is following me, seeing if anyone is RTing my tweets,  reading other’s blogs, checking my own blog to see if anyone has read my latest post. Aaagh.

Because technology is around us all the time, we work at a pace that is unnatural for us. I am being bombarded with unending information from the left, right and to the front of me. I worry that I might miss something interesting or that I am not saying things that are interesting enough. It is a tough audience out there. We are no longer satisfied with morsels of information over time. We need to know the stories that are happening right now. Everything must be relevant.

I embrace the opportunity to switch off my laptop in the evening. Because I work full time, I use a computer all day and then come home in the evening to check what’s going on in the other world; the world I am interested in.

Twitter. I am new to the concept. The best way I can describe it is like being invited to a party where you know nobody. You stand in the corner. Some people come over and say hello. Most stay away until you say something that interests them. You wonder what the cool kids like, the ones with all the friends, and you see them sending messages back and forth. You try to figure out what you need to do to get them to like you.

Facebook is another matter altogether. I have yet to set up a Facebook account for my writing and I will in the future. At the moment, I use it personally  to keep in touch with people I know. I don’t like linking to apps that want to share my information with the entire world and anyone else who might be interested. Stop asking me for access to my friends list. I’m pretty sure they don’t care if I took an IQ test or that I matched colours to my mood. Nor do I care about poking someone or tossing them a virtual beer. I would rather meet them for a real beer. Thank you very much.

There is too much information floating about and I am not tapping into even a quarter of it. I have to find a way to navigate through all the information safely while keeping my sanity intact.  I had mentioned in a previous blog that I like to switch off with a good book.  I enjoy the feel of a good paperback. There is nothing complicated about it. You don’t have to search through much to get to the page you were last on. It is the one where you have neatly folded down the edge.

My editor told me when I was reading through my recently edited story, that I should print off the entire document and read through it page by page. It changed how I reviewed it. I saw things that I wouldn’t have noticed had I read it onscreen.

Changing our focus from screen to paper can be refreshing and I agree with Tim Kane. I think that sometimes, for the ideas to flow, you have to switch to a slower gear. I need to allow my brain to think for itself.