Going Old Skool

Once, back in the mists of time, I attempted to write a book longhand. It was slightly disappointing because when I tried to move it across to my computer, I found that copy-paste wasn’t working.

Actually, I just couldn’t read my handwriting. J.K. Rowling I was not destined to be.

So now I just do everything on computer, including my revisions. With the kids’ book I’ve been pretty stuck with my rewrites, so I did the unthinkable, and wasted ink.

The revision process is still slower than polishing a tiger’s eye with tissue paper, but it has been very different. It’s slower because I read the work in a completely new way. I’m more vicious with phrasing, more inclined to just strike through chunks.

And I’m beginning to feel like this might be a better way for me to work on revisions.

As you can see, I just could not bring myself to use a red pen. I needed to be a little kind to my poor writer-brain, after all.


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6 Thoughts on “Going Old Skool

  1. Brett RB on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 am said:

    I edit everything longhand. I find the whole process incomparably more satisfying than doing it digitally. I also feel a lot more confident in a decision when i’m putting a physical line through a section of text. it’s like breaking a plate. Once it’s done, it’s done.

  2. I haven’t done this in a while because my printer is on its last legs, but you’re right that seeing your work on actual paper gives you a whole new perspective. Hm, maybe it’s time to get that poor printer going again… 🙂

  3. I love writing longhand – I feel like I think better when I do it, and I kind of like my handwriting and the way the handwritten page looks. However, it’s reserved for journalling and whatever writing projects require the most effort.

    For editing/revisions though, I’d prefer to do it ALL on paper, specifically because it’s slower and more methodical. Also, I get tired of reading on the computer. But I feel guilty about the paper, and I will probably never get around to buying more ink for my printer anyway…

    • and I will probably never get around to buying more ink for my printer anyway…

      This is me.

      I’m practicing my handwriting. I feel like it’s a lost art (for me, anyway). Don’t think I could write a whole book longhand though.

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