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On Writing Long HandEver felt the need to rush to the keyboard and pour that awesome story onto the page? I am sure you have, and I’ll even bet that you gorged on coffee and unhealthy snacks to supply the Muse with much needed nutrition (if it actually were so, my muse would be a 400 pound couch potato).
These creative surges of inspiration often make you forge on no matter what may happen - your laptop flips you the metaphorical Blue Screen of Death finger? Reboot that sucker and keep going! Your friend is being attacked by Dalek’s? You just go ahead and tell him that that happens every so often and that if he is scared of walking trashcans possessing the vernacular of a badly violated Commodore 64 you can’t be friends anymore.
That’s what it’s all about, right? Feeling that amazing high, as if you are a high on sugar with a BB gun. Sure, it feels great to be the cackling puppet master on the other side of the screen, challenging your characters and seeing them prevail in the end (or not. Har, har).
However, it’s a good idea to slow down at times. Let me tell you a story. It won’t take long. I know you are eyeing that X button on your browser. Give me the benefit of the doubt.
Today I was sitting in a café with nothing but my trusty ballpoint pen and a notebook. It was a quiet place - just enough conversation in the background not to feel lonely, not to many chatterboxes that you wish to jump onto the table and throw an immature tantrum and get arrested for civil disobedience.
So, I cracked open my notebook and started scrawling away. I realized a few things:
1. I tend to type too damn fast.
That’s right. When I write in longhand my hand never stopped moving. No blinking cursor to taunt me and make me feel as if I am wasting my time. You get time to organize your thoughts while writing. Multitasking at its finest.
2. No internal editor.
Finally, a way to get rid of that pest. I considered guns, but knowing that an internal editor is... well... internal... You get my point. We all know that the first draft is somewhat of a blueprint. Fiddling around won’t even occur to you. You’ll need to retype the whole thing anyway. There’s your first editing run, right there.
3. No computer related distractions.
Nope. Zilch, zero, nada, garnichts, ništa, nai. No email that calls out to you with the honey coated voice of a scantily dressed mermaid. I was away from home and didn’t even think for a second to check the web using my phone. The last time I felt so proud of myself was when I went to the potty for the first time (alone, mind you).
Now, here a couple of things you have to keep in mind. This worked for me. It might not work for you. Sometimes we do things differently because it suits us that way. Diversity is the spice of life. Also you might need to try it a couple of times...but you know what? No writing is ever wasted. It’s a great experience.
Come on. You know you want to try it! :)