Why I Still Like Writing By Hand
With the convenience and speed of typing, I have a great fondness for using a computer to write stories. Still, I rather enjoy keeping a stash (or a hoard) of notebooks for when I want to just grab a pen or pencil and start drafting a story.
For several of the stories which have been drafted on a computer, I also have a notebook filled with information about that story: plot points, character notes, quotes, and the like. It’s nice to have an at-a-glance source for fact-checking and inspiration-scribbling.
It’s also a huge convenience to keep a small notebook in my purse that I can take with me in case of inspiration on-the-go. Whether it’s a character name, a quote, or a paragraph of a novel, I just have to grab a pen and write it down for future reference. Sometimes, I draft entire scenes in such a notebook, so I can add it to the main draft when I get a chance.
Not only do I like the convenience, but it’s also relaxing to write down ideas and scenes. Staring at a computer screen can be stifling, and it’s nice to take twenty minutes to write down a scene, or even some plot points, or even just doodle in the margins of a page until my brain is ready to get back to work on the main draft again.