Did E.L. toss her smartphone in her junk closet (we all have those “storage” places for things we’ll never use again), pop the SIM card and trade up for a newer model, give it to her kids… or will Sotheby’s auction off her “50 Shades phone” as a piece of literary history? (Am I the only one who thinks about these things?)
In any case, Smartphones and writers seem to be an ideal match. I bought my first smartphone earlier this year and, now that I know how to use it, I REALLY LOVE IT. The learning curve from “brick” to smartphone felt a little intimidating at first. I bought way more phone than I needed figuring I’d grow into it. I have thanks to classes offered by the mobile carrier. But better than texting, web searches,GPS, and all the apps, when I find myself waiting, or an idea hits me, I use my phone to write.
Just like E.L. James (minus the 60 million bucks).
I rarely use it for phone calls. Like almost never.
Also, I haven’t actually finished any novels, or even blog posts, on my phone. Yet. Still, the seeds are there, 50 to 200 words at a time. My smartphone has become a writing tool. Like discovering how to use the phone, learning to write on it has its own curve, too.
Do you use your phone to write? For those who do, maybe our phones will become ourpersonal literary ATMs. Words and stories in, money and fame out?