I read once that several famous authors write their novels out in long hand before typing the words. Lately, I've had a bit of trouble trying to decide what it is that I want to write about. Ideas come to me that I get excited about and start to work out in my head how the story will go. Then something happens. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. I lose the thrill. I begin to see this great idea as nothing that special and forget about it. I'm as fickle in my writing as I am in my love life.
Here are four reasons why writing by hand, rather than typing, is preferred.
1. IT'S BETTER FOR LEARNING
2. IT MAKES YOU A BETTER WRITER
3. IT WILL PREVENT YOU FROM BEING DISTRACTED
4. IT KEEPS YOUR BRAIN SHARP AS YOU GET OLDER
If you want to read more detailed descriptions of these four reasons, the entire article is here: 4 Benefits of Writing by Hand.
Last night, I sat down with a clean notebook and a comfortable, smooth-writing ink pen and started writing the first chapter of my latest book idea. The words seemed to flow, and before I knew it, I had written an entire first chapter.
When I write using Word, I tend to edit everything I wrote previously before I feel like I'm ready to get started with the task at hand for the day. I'm less inclined to do that when it's pen on paper. I'm going to keep writing by hand and see where it takes me. I can't promise myself that I won't get bored with the storyline before it's all said and done, but maybe it will help the process.