the old-fashioned way

I’ve talked to two published authors in the past week and both of them said they turn to writing out their books longhand when they get stuck. Not just a few paragraphs either. One said he was able to write the last 3 or 4 chapters of his most recent book this way, when typing on the computer was failing him.
I think this is an interesting way of handling writer’s block, though I suppose I understand: Without the entire Microsoft Word file staring at you when you turn on your computer, you are free to begin and end where ever you like, without connecting the dots. There’s no cutting and pasting, so there’s no pressure to get it right the first time. On the other hand, both of these authors are over 40, and they grew up writing longhand and/or typing on a typewriter (as did I) so perhaps the impulse is more natural for them. In any case, it’s a nice plan B for those days when you can’t seem to write, or you’re stuck in chapter limbo, or your tendonitis is flaring up (like me, today) or, well, you’re just plain sick of the darn computer screen radiating at you.


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