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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hand Writing...that is...Writing By Hand

Lately I've felt...not so much uninspired, but over-booked. Too tired to write much. It makes the few hours that I have to write superbly precious, and that makes me nervous, so I sit and stare at the screen or play around online, or look for distractions.

I don't actually know if I believe in writer's block or not. Is it a really thing? A mental thing? Is there any difference?

I have a whole arsenal of things that I try to do when I'm lackadaisical about writing. But lately, what's really been working for me is writing by hand. By which I mean, actually taking a pen (preferably an expensive one)

(I own two or three of each color). I also keep a separate notebook for each project. Sometimes I jot down scenes in the notebook, sometimes I write down ideas, or work on an actual outline of sorts. I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of office supplies.

I'd say that in general I write about 1/4 of a novel out by hand. There's just something visceral about actually writing the words down, and I sort of like having sketchy first versions. Also, by the time I type a first draft, it's really a 1.5 draft because I'm thinking about the words as I put them on paper.

The other thing is that, when the words are in my notebook, there's a certain style to them...I have this childish pleasure in filling up pages with words. In a word processor you never get that pleasure, because who ever filled their word processor up to the brim? It has endless capacities to store the words you haven't written yet. Useful and daunting.

Now, I'm writing this post on a brand new MacBook Air, so I don't think anyone could say I was anti-technology in my leanings. But...especially with a scene that I've been building up in my head, sometimes I just have to put it down on paper before it reaches the word processor.

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Blogger Petra said...

Wow, I don't I've ever heard about an author that writes a part of their book by hand these days, but I like the idea of it. I'm a big fan of technology, but when it comes to something like writing a note, I'll always prefer pen and paper. I have so many pens and notebooks, you'd think I collect them like someone who collects stamps :-)

October 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

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