I’ve embarked on a new writing goal – new for right now, but it’s the same writing goal that worked so well for me last year, when I finally managed to finish up the first draft of the novel I’d started for the 2008 NaNoWriMo.
My target? 20 minutes a day.
The main difference this time around is that I’ve decided to write longhand for now. I haven’t written fiction in longhand for a very long time – I have always loved the feeling of keyboard keys beneath my fingers, and since I type very quickly, I’m able to keep up with the flow of words that generally comes to me when I get deep into my writing.
When I’m writing longhand, once I get into the flow of the writing, I normally have to slow down my thoughts so that my hand can keep up.
But … writing at my computer hasn’t been working for me lately. I’ve been spending more time away from the computer – it’s where I have to go to work, but otherwise, I find myself wanting to be everywhere else but my computer. Outside, especially.
So letting myself write longhand means that I can meet a daily writing commitment easily. I’m slotting writing into my morning ritual. It fits in perfectly after I finish my journaling. And by 10:00 in the morning, I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much!
I’m hoping to get my hands on an iPad this summer – it’s on my birthday wishlist – and I’m predicting that once I get that, I’ll be back to writing with a keyboard. But in the meantime, this is working for me!
Do you enjoy writing longhand? Or do you find your writing flows much better on the computer?