The other day, a friend and I were talking about writing and the tools with which we pen those words. She reached under the table, grabbed her laptop bag and with an air of technological superiority blurts out, “If only you could experience how easy it is to write with a Mac.” Trust me when I say that she’s an Apple fangirl to the nth degree. I watched as she pulled her silver, wafer-thin laptop (I’m sorry, MacBook Air), powered it on and with a smug look only an Apple zealot could give you, busily typed on her keyboard. Not to be outdone, I reached in my bag to unleash my weapon of mass writing destruction; a notepad and a pen.
“No, dear,” I said. “It’s easier to write on a notepad. Cheaper, too.”
Snarky comment aside, I believe that the choice of writing tool matters less than your taking the time to sit down and write. It doesn’t matter if you use a Mac, Windows PC, Linux, typewriter or pen and paper. What’s important is that you commit to your craft and you work toward that commitment each day. The only way to improve as a writer is to write and continue writing.
I think it’s important to note that everything you write is not going to be amazing. Not everything you write will be published. However, it is the experience of committing words to the page, and to have those words read by another, that is important. Whether you write those words on a $1,100 laptop or in a $1 notepad, the important thing to remember is that you need to write.