Today’s #authortoolboxbloghop post is all about writing by hand, and why I feel it can be beneficial to the drafting process.
I primarily write on my laptop, but I tend to write by hand when I need to refocus:
1. Slows Down Thought Process
Writing by hand takes longer than typing. In turn, this slows down our thought processes, allowing us to not only take in what we are writing on a deeper level, but to take our time on the fundamentals of the craft.
2. Minimises Distraction
If I am on the laptop, I tend to flit between writing and social media. This break in flow is not good for my creativity. Writing by hand cuts out the distraction.
3. Always to Hand
I can easily slip a notepad and pen into my bag/ pocket. I rarely take my laptop out of the house. If inspiration strikes, I am always ready to hand write it down.
4. Prevents Editing as You Go
This may sound like a bad thing, but editing as you go can inhibit creative flow and be time consuming. If I edited as I drafted, I’d never get a story finished.
5. Beats Writer’s Block
Hand writing uses a different part of the brain than typing, so if I have writer’s block, I write by hand to see if accessing that part of the brain triggers new ideas.
You can check out the other #authortoolboxbloghop participants and their posts here.
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