The benefits of writing the old fashioned way – by hand.
Yes, I write with a pen. And paper. I’m one of very few for sure in this ‘get it 3 seconds sooner’ technological world.
First, I’ve found it’s easier to gather my thoughts with this slower process. As I’m writing one sentence, my brain is forming the next. Why can’t I do this while typing?
Because I type so stinkin’ fast my brain can’t keep up.
When writing with a keyboard I make more mistakes – and end up backspacing or deleting sections because I can. My forward progress is hindered. Big time. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Second, is the silence. I’m a huge fan of quiet. Doesn’t happen too often for me seeing as how I’m a full time mommy, but when I do have those precious moments to make my muse work … well the clicking of a keyboard isn’t what my over-used / exhausted brain needs.
Third, and for me the biggest benefit of writing by hand, comes in the form of editing. When I enter what I’ve written into a word doc I’m able to do a 1st round of edits. This is huge seeing as how I loathe editing. Seriously loathe it.
So how’d this ‘strange’ behavior begin?
I used to spend time with Anne Tyler. I’ve watched her write and edit. She sits with a pile of hand written pages. In silence. And we all know there’s no way a NY Times bestselling author is strange.
It seemed so soothing – therapeutic – that when I decided to try my own hand at story telling I picked up a pen rather than plopping myself in front of the computer screen.
Think me strange if you wish, but slow and silent works for me.
Beginning of Forever (Christmas Magic Anthology)
Genre: Soft Historical Romance.
Release date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Still Moments Publishing
When Wayne Edwards moves to town, Lillian Davis experiences stirrings she thought were long dead. Guilt ridden over betraying her deceased husband and the feelings Wayne inspires, Lillian reluctantly lets him in. Secrets of the past – an old promise emerges, but will it threaten their forever?
And HERE is the Goodreads link.
About the Author:
Terri started writing stories in the eighth grade when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling. Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pen and paper in hand.