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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May IWSG - Longhand






This is my May contribution to Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group, where it's all about writers helping writers.  To read more posts, click here.

Life and stress play havoc with writing goals and sadly, I’m not immune.  But in the way you can never know what will inspire, there’s this.  I’ve had a temporary change in routine.  On Fridays now, I find myself in a place with no computer, lots of time and a notebook.  Before leaving home, I print out the last pages I’ve written, and once I arrive in my destination, I sit and write the next scene longhand.  Somehow, hand-to-pen-to-paper connects me to the piece, and words flow.  In my not so perfect world, I want to average five-hundred words a day on my manuscript.  I’m not sure I’d be close except for those blue ink pages, white-lined paper dotted with with scratch outs, my black, spiral bound notebook taking me places I’m struggling to see. 

17 comments:

Jan Morrison said...

Liza - what an excellent idea! Absolutely brilliant. And I agree that something different happens. Can't wait to see how it goes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Smart to take your last page and a notebook. Once a week, it's a change of pace and just might send you in a new direction with new ideas.

authorcgcoppola.com said...

Long hand, huh? I haven't done that (for a scene) in a while. I like the computer because it can capture more thoughts quickly, but when I'm in the daydreaming stage, really toward the beginning, I jot down ideas in a notebook too. It definitely brings you closer to the story.

Have fun with it!

Catherine A. Winn said...

I like that idea of taking your last page and going off to write with pen to paper in solitude. I'm not sure I could write longhand, I'm so used to the keyboard getting things down quickly. Though I can see using pen to paper could make me slow down and spend more time thinking about it and that would be good--might cut down on all my revisions :).

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Keep it going! I do a lot of the beginning stages of my work in notebooks, and I do find it freeing to take breaks from the screen now and then in general.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I try to take writing materials with me everywhere. Studies have proven that writing by hand is better for our brains than using a computer so you're helping yourself doubly.

Karen Walker said...

For certain kind of writing, I love pen on paper, too. Good for you.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, returning to the written page is helpful, isn't it, a different way of seeing things and very freeing.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I think that's great, Liza! I can't even remember the last time I wrote out anything longhand in a journal or notebook...

Good for you! It brings us back to an age before computers and helps us really BOND with our words....

Robin said...

Sometimes it takes going to places we never thought we'd go in order to reach a destination. I love that this is working so well for you.

glnroz said...

I enjoy longhand (I have Moleskins notebooks everywhere), but I wrote about 5-6 pages the other night out in the "Hotel" and the next time I looked over the work, I couldn't read half my writing.(I get started and write too fast) But, yes the flexibility of not having to lug a computer around is great...Glenn

glnroz said...

Ms Liza, just saw you comment on Rocking Chair Writer. The video finally rendered, but you can go directly to YouTube here,,,I think lol...

https://youtu.be/nHyrtdojBlA

Joanne said...

going old school works. Sounds like you are doing well with this new time opportunity - no computer, no distractions. Keep it rolling - pen and ink

M Pax said...

It's nice to unplug. I always plan a new novel/story with pen to paper.

emaginette said...

I love this idea. It was how I used to write on my coffee and lunch break before the phone apps and tablet. It does feel different.

Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)

Anna from Elements of Writing

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Writing longhand can be very rewarding. But you're right, it does seem slow compared to a keyboard!

Daisy said...

Good for you! Sometimes doing it "old school" or changing your routine really can get you out of a rut and more inspired.