I recently embarked on very old school journey with my writing. I actually wrote. I didn’t type and save, and then back up my most recent piece of writing. I wrote it longhand before typing it. I know that sounds totally crazy and it was. It was laborious. Just when I starting patting myself on the back for having finished writing my first novella I realized I had to type the thing. However, there was a huge benefit to this process.
This week for #WriterWednesday I’m encouraging you to go old school. Before you shoot this idea down let’s work this out.
- Time consuming–It seems like double duty, but it’s not. It’s going to cut back on your revision/editing time or at the least change the process.
- I’m used to writing on the computer not with pen and paper. It’s always good to challenge yourself as a writer and try something different. You never know when you’ll need to do this. My first novel, Born at Dawn was written long hand. The second novel I wrote, Seasoned with Grace was all on the computer, but the demands of the protagonist and narrator of Tempted to Touch would not allow me to just sit and type, but something happened in all that hassle.
During the process of taking my story from crazy scribbled notes to a beautifully typed manuscript I had to look at my words again. I had to look at the sentences again. I had to look at the characters again. I was able to spot overused words, poor word choice, and lack of detail and/or too much detail. I had the chance to break up sentences and play with their structure and I had a chance to spot inconsistencies. Does that mean I won’t have to edit? Of course not, but it does mean that the process looks different because I examined the story more closely.