If someone would have drifted up to me a few months ago and said “One day soon, you’ll be sitting at a party, and while everyone around you is talking, you’ll be typing out a new script on a smart phone”, I probably would have laughed myself silly. I still might—but it did happen.
Been working with Mr. Dan Moser on a new project, and have found that the writing of this particular script has been tough. I’ve never collaborated on a single issue with another writer, and I’m finding that while I’m having a blast interacting with Moser (who leaves some of the best cliffhangers for me to follow up on), the intervals between writings causes me to have to go back and research the story up to this point. Still, I can only imagine that this will make for better, more-involved storytelling. But back to the point…
I was writing on Pages for the iPhone, and found that it didn’t feel as unnatural as I may have previously expected. Of course, I was dealing with a script and not a piece of prose. By their very design, scripts rely heavily on dialogue and have links to what typing on a phone usually produces: Chats. Still, the idea struck me that I could get work done pretty much anywhere with this little device. It uploads to a cloud, so the new text is available whenever I open my MacBook to work on it further.
I will say that typing on that small keyboard is a bitch—and for that I’ve ordered a Bluetooth portable keyboard—but in a pinch, this obstacle isn’t such a bad one. We’ll see if time wears this method thin or helps to create some new pages.