Cogito, ego sum. Had René Descartes spoken English a few hundred years ago, he would have penned it this way: “I think, therefore I am.” Philosophical? Yes. Plausible? Certainly.
Allow me a paraphrase. “I write, therefore I think.” That can’t be said for everyone who puts pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, but my success comes from fingers that sync with my brain. I may have found a writing tool that can be everywhere.
Writing, in whatever manner and for whatever purpose, has many components. Cave men scrawled icons into stone walls. Paper and pen were made for each other. Here in the digital age, putting thoughts to the keyboard and screen require some skills and experience, and the proper writing applications (though, to be honest, any will do; some just do it better).
Not long ago I wrote about Bear, a delightfully pleasant writing experience for Mac, iPhone, and iPad in This Mac And iPhone Writing App Is A Bear. I followed up on Bear earlier this year in A Not Quite Perfect Writer App Gets Better.
Bear looks familiar but the total package is greater than the sum of the parts.
Bear is both familiar– as a notes app or mini-word processor– and unique (not just the subscription price tag; which is reasonable considering how far Bear travels).
Bear is one of those new breed Mac writing tools which has fewer writing features than traditional word processors, yet just enough tools to make it a clean, light, useful, faster, easy to learn, and mostly uncluttered writing experience.
New breed? Indeed. Bear is everywhere. Bear is a subscription app. Bear shares what you write between devices so there is always an option to continue on a project or simply add some notes. Bear is not a burden to learn or use. Bear is free to download and try.
What got me back to a closer look at Bear is Apple Watch.
After I picked up Watch Series 4 I decided to hit the Watch App Store to see what was new. Bear works on Watch.
What? You can’t write on Watch. At least, not every well, not efficiently, and not without numbing your brain in a few minutes. I took a clue from another iPhone and Watch app I’ve been using to alter my paradigm for the written word.
The spoken word. Check out the Drafts app for taking notes. It works as a Watch complication. Tap it, tap the microphone, start dictating a note. Drafts captures the note into an inbox so you can do with it what you will at a later moment. Bear has a similar function for taking notes on Watch and works very well.
Bear on iPhone and Watch are perfectly portable exceptions to the rule that you must have a keyboard to write. I prefer a keyboard, but my thoughts prefer my brain and a keyboard and Mac are not always where my brain resides. Bear and Watch take some getting used to because the writing paradigm needs to change, but it works. Bear has become a writing tool that goes everywhere.