Writing in the car

I have had to make a number of long car journeys recently, and I’ve found that while my body and one part of my mind are occupied with driving, there’s another part of my mind that’s freed to churn over ideas and come up with stories and characters.

In the past, if something really worthwhile occurred to me, I would have to either pull over to make a note or try to remember the details until I reached my destination. Now, however, I’ve come up with a new way of working.

When I’m driving, I leave my mobile phone on the passenger seat. That way, when I get inspired, I can simply say, “Siri, take a note…” and then dictate my idea to my phone without taking my eyes off the road or my hands off the wheel.

And the best part is, as my phone and desktop are synched, those notes will be waiting for me on my computer when I get home.

Author: Gareth L Powell


3 thoughts on “Writing in the car”

  1. I do the same thing when I walk. I talk to my Apple Watch, but the same thing happens. It’s been amazing and a huge help. You never know when ideas will strike. Also, if you haven’t had Siri read your book back to you (select text and then tell it to), you’re missing out on a self-edit hack. I wrote about it on my blog and it’s been a popular post.

  2. So true. I read one of the Coen Bros. writes while driving. Not sure if he dictates into his phone but he wrote an entire screenplay driving across the US. I know I get my best ideas while driving! That old book Psychocybernetics talks about this phenomenon, i.e., when you reach for a pack of cigarettes (not me) you don’t think about it you just do it.

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