Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Writing Wednesday | Getting it Down on Paper – Literally!

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Getting it Down on Paper – Literally!

On this Writing Wednesday, I thought I’d talk about one of my little writing idiosyncrasies. If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you are well aware that I am a terminal nerd when it comes to all things writing and reading. I sniff books. And although reading them gets me high, I assault them with my nose because I genuinely adore the smell. I actually bought Heather and myself perfume for Christmas one year called ‘In the Library.‘ It smelled faintly of old books and cigars. I have a serious addiction to journals. Especially leather bound ones. I long to own an antique typewriter. While I know the impracticality of writing a novel on one, I want it because, let’s face it, the damn things are cool. Which brings me to the topic quirk for today: I prefer to write my story longhand, on paper.
That is not to say that I don’t sit in front of a laptop and transfer my ideas down directly. It is how I get the majority of my writing done. But there is something about the feel of a pen scrawling across paper. There is a raw, primitive intimacy to the transference of ideas from my head into the world. I feel more closely connected to my writing idols from yesteryear. I always keep a pad with me to jot down ideas. But when I’m having trouble with a scene, I pick up a pen and one of those journals I’m so fond of and work it out.

So if you’ve never tattooed a page with your stream of consciousness, next time you’re stumped or just to give your inner nerd a thrill, grab a page and a Sharpie and see why the pen truly is mightier than the sword.

Happy Writing!

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2 Responses to “Writing Wednesday | Getting it Down on Paper – Literally!”

  1. Joli @ Actin' Up with Books

    I am a long hand writer too. I think it’s too easy to delete all your words when you write on your lap top. Yes, it takes more time to write long hand and then type it later, and it makes my hand cramp like crazy, but I like the scrawl of words.

    I haven’t written in a while and I wrote 7 pages this weekend. It might have been the city or the people I meet (authors, bloggers, and readers), but I am inspired.
    Joli @ Actin’ Up with Books recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday: Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel

  2. Christie Michelle

    Joli, I love this!! 🙂

    This weekend definitely stoked my creative fires. I always feel refreshed when I can mingle with fellow lovers of the written word! Thank you, Y’allfest!!

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