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Offline IndieAI
13 Mar 2017, 09:18 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

I can't write anywhere near as fast as I can type. I end up missing out words because my hand can't keep up with my brain.
I do notes by hand, and have been known to draft scenes on paper when I am out in the hills, but other than that it would be highly counter-productive for me.
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Offline J.T. McDaniel Reading Horsemen by Stewart Giles
08 Jun 2017, 05:41 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

Yes. Most of my work starts out hand written, or on an old manual typewriter. If I write on the computer, I find it difficult to resist editing each paragraph to death before getting on to the next, and by the time I get done and have that paragraph to my satisfaction I've forgotten where I was going. Much easier to keep the flow in longhand the first time around, then type it into the computer and edit away. Of course, I may just be old.
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Offline RossHarrison Reading Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
08 Jun 2017, 10:14 AM | Post: #13

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

I have written by hand, when I don't have a computer around, but my handwriting is not only embarrassingly bad but it's too slow. I also tend to write nonsense just to see what happens, so it's good to be able to just use the backspace key. I like the idea of having a fully hand-written manuscript though.
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08 Jun 2017, 07:39 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

I take notes by hand.  They're really scribbles and abbreviations, but since these jottings are solely for me, no harm's done.  Then I'll type them up as I work them into my story.
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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

Yes, I've gone back to writing first drafts by hand. I usually do a chapter or scene at a time, in bed shortly after waking up, and then feed this scribble into the computer later on, editing as I go.

I find if I've collected several handwritten scenes before I get to a computer session, it's easy to see which ones are not working and sometimes I'll just screw those up and bin them without going through the typing bit. Since it takes me about three times as long to type/edit as it does to write the first draft by hand, I think this actually might save time in the long run.

But mainly for me it's about creativity. I just don't feel as creative sat in front of a screen - using a computer feels too much like "work" and seems to switch me into editing mode, which is not the right mindset for flowing first drafts.

I am also left handed, so perhaps that has something to do with it... I use both hands to type, and that might change the way the brain works to get the words down? But then I'm old enough not to have grown up glued to a screen of some sort - my first experience of typing was on a typewriter, not a word processor.
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17 Jun 2017, 02:57 AM | Post: #16

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

(19 Oct 2016 01:52 PM)Platypus Wrote: Wrote:  Does anyone use the old traditional way of writing, pen and paper?

What are the pros and cons of this method?

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For a while when I switched to a word processor I kept writing by hand. I think because I didn't have to think about it. But as the keyboard and all that became second nature, I just started writing more and more in the processor.  Writing by hand first, now, would seem tedious to me. I can research all sorts of things in an instant, I have all my stuff on the monitor. It makes it easier for me to let myself disappear into the characters and stories.
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Offline Kiganos
13 Jul 2017, 03:06 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Does anyone write by hand?

I make handwritten notes too. Sometimes I need to work with pen, that feeling...
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