Suddenly, I can’t get away with short writing sessions.
I spent the last couple of years with a laptop that had a maximum battery life of an hour and a half. It was limiting for a writer, but it helped me focus on my writing and do the best I could until the dreaded battery expired.
Why don’t I just plug it in you ask?
Well, it’s a fair question, but I do most of my writing outside, poolside, by the beach, or at a small café. I like the outdoor atmosphere. I like to browse over people. I like to look at the waves and scenery. So, I’ve gotten used to writing quickly then letting my laptop die until another day.
But I recently got a new laptop. It has a ridiculous battery life of 13+ hours. Actually, as I hover over the battery icon at this moment, it says 87% – 17 hours 15 minutes. I do think that is a bit of a stretch, but it is no stretch to say that my battery life has just gotten 10 times as long as it once was.
What does this mean for my writing sessions?
I’m still figuring that out. By the time I’ve written an hour and a half, I realize that I no longer have to stop. I can keep writing. Wow!
That also means that I have to keep my brain focused and use my time wisely to make some serious dents in my unwritten novels.
Focus is the issue here. I think I’ll need to write, take a clear break to let my brain settle a little, and then head back down into it again. The possibilities are endless.
I’m currently in the middle of a writing session. I’m sitting at a beachside café table. Good drink within reach. I’m watching the boats and the water sports folks having a good time. Phil Collins is playing lightly in the background from the restaurant beside me. My feet are moving back and forth in the sand. I just wrote for an hour and a half on novel five, and now I took the time to change focus for a while, writing this blog post.
It’s really a perfect day and a perfect setting. There’s no reason I can’t change focus here in a few seconds and get back to my novel. Actually, my laptop is forcing me into this wonderful dilemma. Now I just have to get used to it.
You know what? I don’t think it should be a problem.
Get ready, readers. Lots more coming your way.