One of the problems of modern technology for aspiring writers (e.g. me!) is that there are so many more ways to lay down your writing. Barely a decade ago, the best option was a laptop with only moderate battery life, or a paper notebook if your handwriting wasn’t too bad. Nowadays, however, with tablet computers and cloud storage, it is possible to spit out a few hundred words almost wherever you are and have them saved for future confusion.
Oddly enough, I find it almost makes it harder to write.
I admitted to someone just this morning that what I really want to do is to get up early, fight peak hour traffic (well, have a snooze on the train), walk to the office where I can spend the time writing whatever fiction I feel led to. And then go home at 2. I’m not kidding. I’ve heard stories of writers in decades gone by who rent an office away from home so they have a place to write. It comes down to the same problems telecommuters have with working from home. You need a place to do it that is probably not the same place you veg out watching comedy television.
Maybe it doesn’t help that I live on my own. I got 25,000 words written the first year I seriously did NaNoWriMo partly because I was living with my parents. Only my bedroom was my space and that’s where I did much of the writing. I guess that’s much the same reason some of my best writing now is done in random cafes.
At least technology makes that easier.