I’ve always wanted to be able to write anywhere. To not look back and say I should have brought my computer. It doesn’t matter; As a writer, I need to be able to write wherever and whenever. So I bought a tablet with a keyboard. I thought it was cool and not because I have such a dramatic use for a tablet and keyboard.
It also has a pen so I thought I would sketch some pictures of my Fantasy setting. To this day, I have only one or two sketches. I have the tablet for over a year.
So I wrote on the tablet with the keyboard and thought, awesome, I won’t need to carry a laptop wherever I want to write. I can take this tablet to coffee shops, bars, parks, wherever. For the first few times, it worked. I took the tablet and used it. It’s only 10 inches, so that’s also the size of the keyboard since it is part of the cover. It’s too small. My kebab fingers would always accidentally touch the screen and shift the focus from writing to correcting my position within the text. Also, I would miss some of the letters from time to time since I’m not used to that kind of keyboard.
I ultimately stopped using it as a primary source of writing and used my laptop instead; it’s more comfortable instead of using a crampy keyboard.
I’m writing these words on my PC. The tablet will be used mostly for to-do lists and notes, I think. I’m not going to use it for writing articles, at least not frequently.
It may be cool to write on a tablet with a keyboard at a coffee shop. But If you’re the type of writer to suffer when writing on a small keyboard, ditch the tablet writing. Use a computer. If that doesn’t bother you, I applaud you! You’re lucky to have found a comfortable option for writing anywhere!
Oren Cohen is a Software Development Engineer, Gamer, Geek, and Writer. He is writing in all sorts of topics on Medium, though his passion lies with Fantasy and Video Games.