Saturday, February 25, 2012

Writing in Longhand

How many writers still write their first draft in longhand?

For semi-serious work, like a novel, I find advantages to using longhand. If you’re not sure of a particular word, you can write other options in the margin. You see all the choices before you make up your mind, and do it in a way not to disturb the flow of the writing. Another advantage is that you have saved all the drafts, every version of a particular scene, again useful if you change your mind and decide another version was better. Replace a word or paragraph on-line and you wipe it out. It’s gone. Or maybe I’m just a dinosaur.

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