Day 2 – Technology
It’s not as if one can write pretty prose about technology. It’s cold, technical, highfalutin, brilliant, but too complicated for me to describe; nevertheless, write about in terms of endearment.
If you’re like me, you have a computer in front of you and your smart phone by your side, as you work on the former, and use the latter to constantly chime in on Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn, or Pinterest, blah, blah, blah, in an effort to keep up on social media. Oh, and then one cannot forget the Kindle, Nook, Kobo or whatever one uses to download books for their queue to review.
After crashing and burning in my first NaNoWriMo in November 2012, I chose to take a break from technology for awhile. My Klout score plummeted and my ‘reach’ dumped. I wasn’t on Twitter to RT or Mention or S.O. I did no liking or sharing on Facebook, and I worried about it… for about a nanosecond.
I realized that my writing had taken a backseat to it all. “Isn’t that what it’s all supposed to be about?” I asked myself. “After all, you’re new at this and wouldn’t time be better spent honing your craft?”
The answer was ‘yes,’ so I decided not to use technology at all. Instead, it was a yellow legal pad and a few sharp pencils, hard copy books from my shelves, and tons of children’s books from the shelves of my local library. I tucked my Kindle in a drawer.
I spent time in the fresh air of nature and went back in to meditation.
I got my balance back after taking a breather from technology. I returned to writing with a fresh outlook. The nicest surprise of all is that my Tweeps and FB friends supported me in my absence.
Technology, you can live without it…if only for a short while.