Bradley | Jul 12, 2019 | 0
You can give up or get creative. (Or: How to write when offline on a Google Chromebook.)
I’m a writer. I need to write. It’s like breathing. I only have a Chromebook.
We’re traveling. We left the beaten path days ago. There’s no WiFi in Borneo.
Yes, I could use pen and paper (and do). But my hands cramp up and I can’t write as fast as I can think–like I can when typing.
I suppose I could just chalk it up to traveling in the jungles of Borneo and say I just couldn’t get it done. That would work if it were something I was trying to do that maybe I didn’t really want to do (e.g. go on a diet, work out, read about where we’re going next). But it’s writing. I need it. I miss it. I don’t feel right if words aren’t flying in front of my eyes and my fingers aren’t dazzling my keyboard.
“Only brush the teeth you want to keep.” — The Dentist
I no longer really believe in excuses. You don’t have excuses for not doing something you truly want to do.I couldn’t figure out to work on documents offline on this Google Chromebook I’m on. I’m not even really sure if this thing has a hard drive. I just need an offline writing tool of some sort. I can barely get online. I first thought of:
Google Docs offline: I think this is possible, but I can’t seem to enable it and I’m not even sure I have a hard drive to sync to.
Evernote: this would be great. Maybe there’s a Google Chrome app?
WordPress offline: I think there are ways to do this, but it’s probably too complicated and I don’t want to mess up syncing existing posts.
Google Keep: just found this app in the apps already installed on this computer. It seems to be like Apple Notes or a bit like Evernote.
Google Keep works. It’s what I’m writing in right now. Even writing about relatively boring stuff like how to work offline on a Chromebook is making words on a page, it’s pushing the functions of my brain that makes thoughts into words and now my fingers are happy as they dance over the keyboard and words appear in ways I don’t expect.
You can give up or get creative. It’s an easy decision when you have clarity.