Hand Written

Every once in a while I hear about someone who writes their novel by hand before copying it over to computer. And that amazes me.

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Before computers were part of our everyday lives, I used to write more by hand. Mostly class notes, homework, and journals, but not novels, because I wasn’t writing that then. But I can’t imagine doing so now.

I have notebooks where I write notes or do some plotting stuff, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that my hand cramps up quickly when I hand write a lot.

So that’s part of it, but the other part is I can type so much faster than I can write, and I think it’d be frustrating having to write so slowly.

But I’m curious about others out there. Have you ever written a novel by hand or are you strictly a computer person?

If you do write by hand first, why have you chosen to stick with that method?

6 Responses

  1. Personally I think it’s double the work to write it and then type it. However, I also struggle with copying things over so it’s easier for me to type it out on the computer. Don’t stone me, but I am a HORRIBLE speller!! (I know, I know, how can I be a writer?) Don’t get me wrong, I can spell but if it has more than 3 syllables then forget about it!

  2. I have terrible handwriting and often struggle to understand it when I go back to read it. I do still start a lot of my work using pen and paper before moving on to using the computer. For me, there something about the initial seed of the story needing to be started by hand – scrap paper, notebook, pen, pencil, etc. 🙂

  3. I have a friend who writes her books by hand. I couldn’t even. I mean, I used to write my short stories that way, and I sometimes still write scenes by hand (usually if I’m feeling stymied at the computer, I’ll switch to longhand for a bit to see if I get more flow). But an entire book? No, it feels too much like twice the work! Still, I can see how it works for some people; while typing, one can refine and edit. To each his (or her) own, and whatever works.

  4. Ages ago I would write a quarter or half the draft by hand, but then I’d always switch to the computer. I loved my collection of notebooks and pen, but it was always faster to type. Now I only write notes in notebooks. I do everything else on the computer.

  5. I think my hand would cramp and fall off, though much respect for those who can do it. Recently I’ve started using my iphone notes app to type things while I’m out and about, which means I end up having to retype them into my manuscript. It’s an extra step, but I’ve found that when I retype it, I end up editing anyway, so it’s almost like I’m editing as I go. Those iPhones are quite handy. 🙂

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