|Posted by Makayla Yokley on November 17, 2015 at 7:45 PM|
Last time we talked about writing by hand vs writing on the laptop, and at the end of the post I mentioned coming back to you guys with the results. To be honest it took me a little longer than I expected to get this post finished since I've been busy lately, but here I am now! And I've got a lot to say!
Let me begin by saying I loved writing by hand . . . until the cramping started. When I was in school my writing wrist was strong enough to write pages upon pages of notes a day without any pain. But its been a few years since then and apparently my wrist has grown weaker, because now I can barely write for an hour before pain begins to shoot up my hand from my wrist. That being said, though, while I was actually DOING it I enjoyed it. The fact of flourishing my letters, drawing some of them out into lovely shapes and curls, helped. I can't say why (mostly because I don't KNOW why) but it did.
Also, writing by hand helped me be more considerate with the words I chose since I couldn't simply backspace and try again. I kind of have it imagined like my fiancé drawing with pens instead of pencils (and not just because I'm WRITING in pens). When he makes a mistake in his art he has to integrate it into the piece somehow because there's no erasing it to try again. That being said, I'm also not going so slow as to overthink what is being laid out in front of me.
I couldn't write a whole novel this way, though. A few chapters here and there? Sure, okay, that works. But if I tried to write a whole novel I'm afraid it would come out less than impressive. There are certain passages I can write better by hand and others I write better by typing it. Slower scenes are better written by hand and more action-packed scenes are better typed-- and I think I have a theory as to why:
You've got time to really think during a slow scene. I know, not too much of a stretch there, right? But let's think about this for a second: a slow scene is by no means demanding on you to get there and get going right now right now right now. A slow scene is by definition (my definition) ripe with time to consider what’s happening and to plan accordingly. This works better when you can take your time with a pen and a piece of paper, because everything you're writing down needs to be considered before it touches the paper. But action packed scenes needs what’s happening to happen at a moment's notice. Typing, especially those who type a lot and can do so quickly with minimal backtracking, is better when you want to get through a scene quickly. I found that, when I was trying to hand-write a fast paced scene, it didn't come out with nearly as much punch as ones which I typed.
So in the end I don't think one ought to stick exclusively to just one method. Mix and match. Write this scene this way and that scene that way, as long as it helps you further the piece in the optimal way.