My book is a living organism. I type up rough drafts, I write some more. I write in a notebook, then on the computer, then back to the notebook.
For a long time, I’ve been typing up Part 3 of my novel, although at some point the story line changed enough that it became all new material and no ‘typing up’. After about 50 pages of beating my head against the keyboard, I realized-
“This is all new stuff. I can go back to writing in a notebook and give my eyeballs a break from the screen.”
SO I DID IT. I made the jump (which is always the hardest thing for me, because there’s a division) and I’m writing in a notebook now.
Now I’ve written so much in the two places that I’m developing a whole bunch of completely unnecessary strong opinions about them. So which one do I prefer? Which one is easier?
There are pros and cons to each.
WRITING IN A NOTEBOOK:
- I can scratch my thoughts and sudden future plotlines that pop into my head on the margins
- I can take it with me anywhere
- Battery never dies and brightness never bothers my eyes
- Writing slower improves my writing, I think. Gives me more time to formulate sentences.
- Lets me practice my handwriting. I’ve gotten complemented on my handwriting more than once.
WRITING ON THE COMPUTER:
- I can type faster
- I can go straight to printing
- I can make 5 million copies if I want to- there’s less of a chance of losing it
- I don’t have to sharpen pencils
- Writing faster helps me spit out ideas without re-thinking and losing my nerve or inspiration.
How do you prefer to write? I definitely prefer pencil and paper. Even though I turn into a stressed peanut when I realize there’s only one copy of my brilliance in the world, and if I lose it or my house burns down or something it’s GONE- even then, I still like the intimacy of writing in my own little world, disconnected and lost in my thoughts.