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.