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In Defense of Writing ‘by hand’

August 28, 2009

Yeah I know. It’s archaic. I prefer the term ‘old school’.

I still do all my (bad) poetry by hand in a composition notebook with a #2 pencil.

Think about it though… if we still wrote things out by hand when we started a new writing project – we could stay away from the computer till it was time to transfer it into Word.

What’s the benefit of that? Uhm… the name of my blog is ‘Procrastination Corner’. LOL

I’d stay off the ‘net and get more writing done.


When I decided (at the last minute after being nagged for a couple weeks) to do NaNo last year, I wrote chapter one by hand on notebook paper. It’s the only chapter that’s ‘flowed’ for me. I think I’m too much a creature of habit.

I wrote the rest on the computer after enduring some more nagging… but it just wasn’t the same.

Would it have been a lot of unnecessary work and wasted time to write 50K words by hand then transfer it into Word? You bet.

But I wonder if I’d have had a better finished product?

I’m too lazy to test the theory this year…

One of you wanna do that for me and let me know?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2009 5:03 pm

    Hi Julee….you know what? I can’t read my own writing anymore. Here’s what I do. I put my hands on the keyboard and close my eyes and let her rip. LOL Love your sense of fun.

    • August 30, 2009 10:13 am

      Hi Martie! Well, from what I’ve read, you do pretty well when you ‘let ‘er rip’. I wish I could write poetry as well as you 🙂

  2. August 30, 2009 10:03 am

    If it resulted in a better finished product, it certainly wouldn’t be a waste of time. Sadly, my handwriting is so terrible that writing a first draft that way would be dangerous. There’s no telling what I’d lose!

    Here’s something weird. I would like to get my hands on an old typewriter and try writing that way. Goofy, huh? But there’s something about the clacking keys that I find oddly…inspiring. It just seems so classic and, since I’m kind of a romantic at heart, it appeals to me. Even photos of old typewriters can give me inspiration.

    • August 30, 2009 10:17 am

      Yeah – I guess it really wouldn’t be a waste, would it? And an old typewriter would be grand! My ex-whatever had one that sat around and collected dust as a decorative item. I kept wanting to ask “Why don’t you fix it up so it works (if it doesn’t, I really don’t know) and USE it?” But he’s too ‘techy’. Pity. One of my dream possessions is a cheap necklace that holds an antique typewriter key. I’d love that.

  3. August 30, 2009 10:39 am

    Hi Julie!

    Love the title of your blog – I am a fellow procrastinator! I have an antique typewriter gathering dust in my basement. Perhaps I will bring it up into the light for inspiration. I’m not going to work on it (no delete key). But the romance of days gone by is appealing. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow. Or not.

    Glad to have discovered your blog!


    • August 30, 2009 10:50 am

      Hi Elspeth and welcome!

      Yes! Free the antique from the dank prison it’s been languishing in! Just the cropped pic I have up top here is inspiration enough for me some days. Good to ‘meet’ a fellow procrastinator! I’m in hopes that if enough of us gather in one place, we’ll be able to form a 12 step group and kick the habit 😉

    • August 30, 2009 12:41 pm

      You have an antique typewriter?! Gimme!

      • August 30, 2009 12:45 pm

        Shameless, Jack. Completely shameless…

        Well done, my friend! 😀

  4. August 30, 2009 12:15 pm

    Thanks for adding my blog to your blog roll! I’ll return the favour if I can just figure out how…


    • August 30, 2009 12:43 pm

      No problem 🙂 Let me know if I can help you out adding blogs to your blogroll. I couldn’t possibly be without mine. I learn SO MUCH from the people I’ve added here!

  5. August 30, 2009 12:40 pm

    I also have a problem staying off the internet when I should be writing. Procrastination rules!

  6. August 30, 2009 1:09 pm

    I live to procrastinate. I keep thinking there will always be tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and I think, what in the hell didn’t I do this yesterday and suddenly, regret takes over and pushes proctastination to the curb…only until some other project rears it’s head and once again, here comes comfy, convenience Procrastination.

    I wish my blog were like yours and not some lightning rod for idiots and cruel bitches who obviously eat their young.


    • August 30, 2009 1:16 pm

      Hey LK – welcome back 🙂 It’s good to see you here again 🙂

      Procrastination… I think we have enough writers here now to form a support group – now if only we wouldn’t put off scheduling that first meeting!

      I think you attract flakes because you’re a woman with backbone and strong opinions that you make no apology for having, as well you shouldn’t.

      I ‘get’ the males that come by to chastise you. That’s a story as old as time, and as outdated as their mental health prescriptions.

      I’ll never, though, for the life of me, understand it when it comes from our own gender.

  7. August 31, 2009 4:10 pm

    Elspeth did a post today—Monday–about the joy of using the delete key. I wholeheartedly agree. Problem is, there is no delete key on the TW. So, I’m gonna have to stay in the digital world where the errors I CATCH, leave no residue as a testament to my ineptitude. Plenty of that in the errors I don’t catch.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

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