I've shared a lot of personal stories with you. I've talked about guys and hockey and Johnny Depp. I figure I should probably talk about writing, since I'm a writer. Just know that this is what works for me. Since writing is so subjective, it may or may not work for you. But I've found that reading all I can about writing - whether I agree or not - is just as helpful as writing itself.
Today, I want to talk to you about writing, literally.
I'm working on two different manuscripts: one is going through the revisions process and one I'm writing the first draft for. The first one, I typed on my computer. The second, I wrote with my hand and then typed up the draft onto the computer. Both work, obviously.
But I've found that when I write my story out, I connect with my characters better. I can't explain why. Perhaps it's because the act of writing is more personal, more raw, than simply typing everything up on a computer. But I learn more about them, I get inspired more, and for whatever reason, my writing is better.
However, there are plenty of downsides to writing: your hand hurts. I'm left-handed, so I'm definitely left with a smudge. It takes longer. My grammar and spelling aren't thoroughly checked. I can't tell how many words I've written.
Still, though, I prefer writing.
As I'm revising the first novel, any rewrites I do happen on paper. My description gets more poignant and again, I learn more about these characters and get more personal than I would have had I simply typed everything up a second time.
So I write. And write. And my hand hurts. And I smudge.
But it's worth it.
What about you? Do you type everything up, or do you write it out first?