With technology being at our fingertips, most writers have exchanged pen and paper with keyboards. However, there are a few of us old-school writers out there who maintain handwritten drafts. Here are 5 reasons why you should handwrite your first draft:
1. Handwrite Your First Draft to Quiet the Inner Editor
Sometimes as you re-read your previous work at the start of a writing session, you start to notice something. Before you know it, all your allocated time has been dedicated to rewriting the same piece over and over. By handwriting your draft, you can turn to a clean page and not have to worry about that inner editor.
2. Handwrite Your First Draft for Less Distractions (no Internet)
The internet is the easiest way to get distracted. You might be reading this instead of writing.
However, while writing on a computer, I get compelled to look up the etymology of certain words. Instead on paper, if I need to remember to research something, I can jot a note on the side margin of my notebook to look up later.
3. Handwrite Your First Draft to Establish a Hard Copy
Every writer fears the dreaded blue screen of death of their computer. We can be writing when all of a sudden our computer reboots before we had the chance to save our changes.
By having my first draft written out, I have a hard copy that can be transposed into the computer. Two copies of my manuscript both hard copy and electronic ensures I have a better chance of saving me from rage-inducing headaches from a lost manuscript.
4. Handwrite Your First Draft to be Wireless and Portable
Having a notebook and pen is free from cords, batteries dying and the need for a WiFi connection. You can write anywhere.
5. Handwrite Your First Draft to Promote Free form Writing
If you’re not familiar with freeform writing, aka pantser, I refer you to my discussion post Plotter and Panster.
My pen is able to flow freely. By doing this, I am able to write higher word counts all the while, focusing on being present in the story. Could you do this on the computer? Sure. But having to not worry about typos brings me peace.
I encourage you to try and write out your next scene on paper to see if you experience any of these perks.
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