Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Note To Self



In case you can't read my handwriting, it reads:

NOTE TO SELF:


Take care to use your discernment when sharing your experience with something.  Is it meant to help others? or make you feel good about yourself?  If it's the latter, STFU!

I picked up this idea of posting little, handwritten notes to myself from fellow writer/blogger,  Kristan Hoffman, whose penmanship is ten times better than mine.

Writing in longhand is very special to me.  In this day of electronic word processing, anything written for public consumption must be presented in some sort of typeface, proofread, and edited.  To me, the "shitty first draft" nature of writing in longhand is liberating.  I turn to it when I want play with thoughts and ideas for a story, at the moment when I still don't know whose story I'm telling, or what it's truly about.  This is the stage where I'm listening, ruminating, and just being open to anything that comes to me about the story.

It is also when I am at my most vulnerable to the demons of self doubt and fear.  When I write by hand, I quell those demons and put down what ever comes to mind, without a worry about the perceived permanence of the typed word.  Putting a pen to paper gives me the freedom to craft and play, in the privacy of my little red journal.

If you ever catch me scribbling in my little red book, something's brewing.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for helping me understand the joy of writing in longhand. I've always had pain in my fingers and have a hard time holding a pen or pencil. If I had to write in longhand I couldn't do it. I've often wondered why some writers prefer it. I guess I use the delete button so much that nothing I type ever feels permanent. ^_^

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    1. Angelina, thank you for sharing your situation. It really is easier to type, and especially in your situation, it is a must. We do what we must!

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  2. Thanks for the link love!

    Like you, I find writing in longhand liberating. It turns the gears in my brain a different way than typing does. Sometimes I think that I shouldn't handwrite stories, because it's “inefficient,” but your post is a good reminder that the freedom from self editing, the freedom to play, is well worth some extra time spent typing up pages.

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    1. Thank you, Kristan for coming by. As authors, we find our way to create as best we can. What works for us doesn't necessarily work for others, but it's the creation that's most important.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.