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Minor Breakthrough

July 18, 2012

I am still dealing with the black plague  cold today which basically means prolonged staring at the screen has been reduced to a few minute here and there. I finally caved and took some thera-flu type stuff last night, which allowed me to get a few hours of sleep, but I woke up feeling worse not better. There is some good news coming out of all of this illness stuff. I have been able to get some reading down. I have gotten a few different books on writing books (the irony is not lost) mainly in terms of research and/or organizing the story better, which have been helpful and distracting enough to allow my brain to wander. I was finally able to crack the seal on the second story and get a key scene written, (it’s rough and paced weird but it’s still out there) because of the aforementioned illness and anti-screen time I ended up hand writing the scene (which can account for some of the roughness.) Now I know there are a lot of authors/writers on either side of the fence when it comes to the preferred method of writing. Some of the “purists” advocate for the whole pen/pencil/quill pen to paper. The tactile sensation of transforming the pages of paper, smelling the ink (depending on what you use) and the sound of the scratch on the paper. On the other side are the more “tech savvy” people, the ones who love the fact that you can usually type faster (depending on the person) the lack of clutter around your desk (or desktop) the ease of editing, copy and paste, as well as the ability to undo easily. I am more in the middle. There are times when I prefer paper, usually when planning out things, I like being able to circle, scratch out, and draw arrows connecting various scenes or plots; I also love technology, the ability to save multiple drafts with subtle changes, the speed of typing, and the ever fabulous back space.

All that being said I enjoyed the little exercise today it helped to get my groove back, but I was also struggling to write as fast as my brain was thinking of ideas. I have developed a short hand for planning and plots but when it comes to dialogue and action scenes I try to get as much in there as possible. In the end I am just happy to have finally been able to make some progress. The story I wrote during Camp is still in time out as I try to figure out the plot holes. That’s about it for today, I can hear my couch and knitting calling to me.

I would love to hear from you when it comes to writing are you an either/or person? Do you pick one method or the other for specific tasks, writing first draft, editing? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Amanda Gerodias permalink

    How about a mix of “old school” and “new school”? We have a kinda fancy typewriter at work that I have to use on a few different things. It gives that old times feel, but it also has an erase function so I can delete things and type faster (and neater) than handwriting. Haha, just thought of that while I read your post. Glad you are making progress, and hope you feel better soon!

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