Last year, I was having some trouble getting started on a certain project. I’d written the first five or so chapters three times and completely scrapped them every time. It became so frustrating that I couldn’t even stand to open up that folder on my computer.
So I grabbed a notebook, headed outside, and hand-wrote the beginning of a novel for the first time in years. Moving away from my computer gave me enough breathing room that I could write without the weight of my previous failed starts, and I managed to write a remarkable amount.
The other day, I pulled out that notebook for the first time since the move and started reading through what I’d written. And it was so fun! Writing by hand slowed me down enough that I chose my words more carefully and put myself deeper into the character. It’s still a first draft in need of revision, but, in this case, leaving the computer behind and picking up a pen made a huge difference in the quality of my writing.
So when Kaleiyah Prose tagged me for the handwriting challenge last week, I thought I’d be That Blogger who makes up her own rules for a challenge. 🙂 Instead of handwriting answers to questions, I’m going to share a handwritten snippet from that draft, an exchange between the two main characters that made me smile when I read over it.
Do you handwrite drafts or outlines? Post a picture and link me to it in the comments! I love to see ink-and-paper works in progress!