Why writers should always carry a smartphone

Almost every creative writing book I have ever read has advised wannabe writers to carry, at all times, a notebook so they can capture ideas as they occur and before they are forgotten. But times have moved on and now we’re in the digital age let me update that advice: Always carry a smart phone.

You can still use it as a notebook – there are even apps for some models that let you make handwritten notes if you truly feel the need to cling to the old ways. Plus, if you wake up inspired in the middle of the night you can make notes on a smartphone without having to switch on the light and maybe disturbing your partner.

You can also dictate notes and even record evocative sounds, or take photographs of scenes that inspire. Some events are better captured in this way: take the dog in this photo for example – I just happened to walk past a parked car where his owner had temporarily left him in the driver’s seat. He looked so chuffed with himself that I just had to capture the moment. I know there’s a story there somewhere!

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And I defy anyone with imagination not to conjure up a story of some kind from this sign on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

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I know it’s a cliché but you could start by asking yourself: Did he jump/fall? Or was he pushed?

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