- Laptops and netbooks enable power-creation but can be overkill for the bus, and the battery life of these early 21st century devices leaves a lot to be desired.
- The classic of pen and paper can be used anywhere, and is the ultimate in low-power versatility. The downside is having to type everything up afterwards. I once handwrote a whole novel in a week: it took almost six months to type the thing up. My writing is not very neat, and a jolting bus renders it almost illegible. Trains work better for handwriting.
- Now we face a new generation of smartphones, devices that are portable but with the ability to do limited typing. The notes can then be downloaded to a PC later. Their small screens are not much good for editing projects but for straight outpourings of imagination they can be good capture devices, and have the added advantage of being with you already.
What are the best tools for writing when away from the comfort of your perfectly laid out office and powerful PC? I have to travel occasionally for work or pleasure, and always do so on public transport. It should be an ideal opportunity to catch up on reading and to do some creative work. What are the best tools for the job?