I’ve been experimenting with a habit of writing offline over the past months to increase my productivity. I’m now convinced we can greatly benefit from it.
I’m currently filling my notebook from the balcony of my studio, in the suburbs of Bucharest. The sun is slowly declining, leaving a peculiar light on the trees and the concrete buildings surrounding me. It’s quiet enough to get some work done. Only me, my blank canvas, my pen, a cup of coffee, and a round glass table.
I’m enjoying the pure moment of flow, alternating in-between states of possession where the writing daemon takes over, and states of reflection where my mind leaves my body to some foreign land.
My meditation attracts ideas. There is no notification to chase them away, no Wi-Fi signal to disorient them, and no batteries to stop me from welcoming them with open arms.
The sweet breeze and the sun on my skin repel my worries. I am whole. There is nowhere to go and no one to be, only the moment and the words to live.
I cannot rival my typing speed on a keyboard, but my spirit is unchained and free to roam. I enter a deeper state of focus, and yet, I feel more open-minded, thus making my writing speed equal, if not greater, than the one I display faced with a virtual text editor.
Studies found writing offline greatly increases the retention of the information you process. Writers should be long-term thinkers, every word we put down on paper is training for the next idea. Nothing of importance will happen if we can’t remember anything, because each truth builds upon another across hundreds of generations.
Try freewriting on a piece of paper, I bet it will make you stronger. Leave aside the fear of missing out on important information a Google’s search away, and you’ll discover you have more valuable things within you.