In “Why Technology Matters to Writers: A Cyberwriter’s Tale” Jim Porter narratives his experience using various technologies to assist in writing throughout his lifetime. Porter claims that technology matters because whatever the tool, it influences the product and process. Humans and technology should not be seen as binary, therefore Porter makes the argument that is this the day of the cyborg and technology is apart of most human interactions. Technology betters society and humankind and is an inescapable process; technology ascends beyond the word computer because it is environment will possibilities, complexity, and variations that betters society.
I am not on Facebook or Instagram but I am Twitter and Reddit constantly. I live in front of my computer. Everything is online and with work, social, personal, and cultural I am online more than anything else. I am very much molded from my online and writing experiences. I have my own process and I even have my own rituals, patterns, procedures, and preferred writing space.
In “Chronotopic Lamination: Tracing the Contours of Literate Activity” Paul Prior and Jody Shipka research peoples’ the environment selecting and structuring writing practices. People in the study were asked to draw an autobiographical picture of their writing process and write about their feelings about writing in general as well as in relation to their personalized writing environment. Then they were asked to write about their regulated patterns of attention and writing actions within said environment making a connection to the social and cultural practices and literary activity. The research concluded that writers strategies for writing varied depending on tasks, lives, work, personalities, and their preferred place. It was analyzed that people organize their writing spaces conducive to their learning needs with three conscious and unconscious factors. First, social and collective motives of education; industry; labor; historical development of race, genre, sexuality, and nationality. Second, operations with unconscious goals/ ideology such as religion, science, and law. Finally, personal motivation and purpose of writing.
I do most of my writing in cafes- the same two. With the loud background music and the constant flow of caffeine, it keeps in motivated. I cannot work in my apartment or room because I get extremely distracted and start doing other things. I sit in the same spot and lay out all my materials for the compositing process with a to do checklist. Sometimes I put on my head phones and listen to ambient music. My process allows me to have steps and order of operations that help me with the extrinsic process.
The metacognitive activity of composing and writing is interesting. I began to take notice more of my own process.
Questions I have asked myself about the process:
- Where do I consistently compose?
- Am I sitting or laying?
- Do I set up or clean up my area first? Why?
- Does my writing environment reflect my process of thinking or writing?
- What feels natural and what feels forced?
- How does my process benefit the outcome?