Start Writing On Your Phone

Aaron Schnoor
2 min readMar 5, 2024

What if it could improve your writing?

Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

I never like to write on my phone.

I know, “never” is a strong word. But it’s true.

For years, I’ve only been able to write on a laptop. Articles, stories, essays — you name it — have exclusively been written on a laptop. I’ve never written them on my phone.

It’s the same with emails, too. If I’m writing an email, I almost always write it on my laptop. It’s only out of necessity that I force myself to draft an email on a cell phone.

But I sit here now on my cell phone, typing out an article meticulously with my thumbs, and it feels…well, different.

Not a bad sort of different. Just a different sort of different.

I think I like writing on a laptop because a physical keyboard feels more formal. I’ve associated the physical posture of sitting at a laptop with the mental posture needed to write.

And writing on my phone feels more informal. It feels like I’m texting a friend. It feels a bit less planned, a bit less thought out, a little more carefree and reckless.

Is it a mental thing? Perhaps. If I write an article on my phone, maybe my brain actually thinks I’m texting. Maybe there’s an informal literary voice that emerges; maybe the…