Now that Christian has started off the new year with his first story, I thought it would be nice to tell you why mine isn’t done yet. If you had the opportunity to read the Reintroduction (https://myadventureworlds.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/29/), and the last post on my other blog (http://benwltp.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/the-resurfacing/), you’ll remember that I mentioned that I have a story to type up. “Type up,” you may have asked yourself, while scratching your head in confusion. How else would someone write something other than by typing it?
One of the many idiosyncrasies that makes me so interesting, (and difficult), is that I like to write things out longhand before I type them. It may sound to you, as it does to some of my friends, to be a pain in the ass, (my friends will be quick to tell you I am a pain in their ass), but I find I am much more productive writing by hand.
I’m not saying that something magical happens and I can sit down and write for hours when I have a nice pen and a notebook, (though I do have a nice pen, and I am one of those people who uses a Moleskine), but I will say that I feel more of a connection with what I write when I’m putting pen to paper than when I’m clacking away at a keyboard. It means things take me longer to finish, (and some wicked hand cramps when I get excited and try to write too much too fast), but it also means an integrated editing system when I actually get around to typing it up. I can do some minor edits and see some of the places where I get off track.
There is also a freedom I find when writing by hand. I can circle a sentence and draw and arrow to where I think it should go, I can fill in the margins and doodle the way I imagine a scene to play out. I know there are those of you who will point out that by typing it out in the first place you can simply cut and paste a sentence into the place you think it can go, but one of my biggest problems with writing is that I have a hard time not editing as I go. It’s much worse when I am typing, simply because I can spend all my time cutting and pasting and with the click of a button I can be on the web, looking up a word or place. It takes me out of my writing, and I don’t need the extra distraction. With a pen in my hand, it can just be me and the words, and it doesn’t hurt that I know I am going to have a chance to fix things when I type it up. Puts my mind at ease, and I can just add a (fix this later) when I can’t find the perfect word to fit the sentence.
For me it’s all about getting myself to spending the time writing, and writing by hand helps me use that time to get words down on the page. Now I just have to find the time to type it out.
What do you think? How do you do your writing? Let us know in the comments below!