Archive for August, 2014

Hand Made Take Two

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Art in progress

Art in progress

I have blogged about writing by hand versus wordprocessing before but I am compelled to return to the topic since it came up in my writing group the other day. We were evenly split between those who pretty much never did one if they did the other. The hand writers were, as I’ve noted before, those who felt more at one with their pen, if not their muse, than their keyboards and so to them paper was essential to the flow. The wrench in the works, as they all admitted, was typing it up afterwards. It didn’t always happen and if they left it too long, it could take on the shape of a daunting task. In that regard, wordprocessing had the edge. But for me there are least two other considerations. One, I always kick-start the writing day by editing what I have previously written. It is not nearly as intimidating as staring at a blank piece of paper, and it (normally) gets me back in the flow. The second reason is not nearly as rational. Or not rational at all. But seeing stuff in black print on white paper makes me feel as if I’ve done something in a way that handwritten prose does not. So, ahh, 224 words written in this blog. Job well done.