Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The ADD Writer Part Three
The notebook technique is a good start for this, but I have a few more ideas. The first is obvious: get a laptop. There was a time when the price of notebook computers were cost prohibitive, but not anymore. In fact, you can get a used laptop with minimal processing power for less than $50 online. Ebay and Geeks.com are both great places to find closeout and refurb items that work just fine (always look for a warranty when buying used, regardless of the quality of retailer!). The prices are great. The computers may be outdated, but we don't need much beyond the ability to run a word processor. Wifi is a plus, and so is battery life. Some companies out there now offer batteries that will get you 4-5 hours of writing time. Bring along an extra battery and you're probably good for a weekend.Obviously, there's no better way to get out of the chair for your writing than to do it by the lake, the beach, on top of a mountain or even deep in the redwoods (one of my personal favorites).
Another type of laptop that's growing in popularity is the netbook. If you don't know the difference, I'll try to keep it simple. Netbooks are like laptops with less. They don't require a hard drive, which is a complicated and expensive part of the machine. Instead they use solid state memory. In many cases they use less processing power so the batteries are supposed to run longer. I haven't actually used one of these but I've heard great things about them, and they can be had on sale for less than $200 new. That's pretty impressive. And most average users wouldn't know the difference between a laptop and a netbook. They're that similar.
standing desk. I know, it sounds a little strange at first, but it's actually quite good for you. Even if you don't have concentration problems, spending some time standing at a desk is clearly better for you than sitting at one. Over the course of a year, you might even shed a few pounds just by using one of these for an hour or two each day. Plus, you'll be in great company. According to this article, a number of famous authors wrote while standing, including Ben Franklin. Nobody's cooler than Ben, right? Supposedly Hemingway wrote in this fashion as well, though this particular article doesn't mention him.
I've linked to some commercial variations here, but this is something you can do yourself for next to nothing. It can be as simple as box or stand that you set on a table or on top of a desk, and place your laptop on top. It could be a custom shelf attached to a wall, or it could be something you actually build out of scrap lumber if you're handy with that sort of thing. Keep ergonomics in mind while you're shopping or building. After all you don't want to do something healthy and end up with carpal tunnel. For some more ideas, check out these images on google.
Posted by Jamie Sedgwick - Jeramy Gates at June 15, 2011