Pens and Paper

I type my stories on the computer.

Some of my oldest writing journals are handwritten, but I am not a handwritten writer now. There are too few hours in my day, and the extra task of transcribing fits nowhere. But interacting with a digital machine is not the same organic kind of writing that really feeds the soul. I think we all know that.

Every day, I write 1-3 pages of handwritten mess. This is essential to clearing out my mind. But it never exists anywhere except in my thin mole-skin notebooks. Finding anything in those notebooks would be impossible. It's like throwing words into the grandiose of space.

And so, my actual writing is on the computer, and it's likely it suffers a bit from that.

With this last novel, and the extra effort it took to push it into being in one month (okay, two), I needed some extra tools. Scrivener helps. Breaking my writing into pieces and being able to look at it on fake sticky notes that my toddler can't tear apart and eat is a great benefit. But I needed something else.

Luckily, I found a unique notebook at T.J.Maxx (my wander-around-in store of choice). At the top of all its pages it had the months and calendar days for easy circling. (I'm a nerd, and this is way fun). I also bought new pens. My children know they aren't allowed to touch them.

Every day, when I pull out my computer to write, I set this notebook beside me. I write notes in it like:

You have a problem here!!!

Why does she do that??

Who comes first?

There is a mistake that needs to be fixed in the beginning.

Could it be that so and so also saves so and so?

I am not sure that I will ever look back at the pages of this notebook, but letting my questions float out onto a real live page with a real live pen makes it much more likely that they will be answered. I think I will keep pulling my notebook along with me for my writing endeavors. It has been easier to keep the story in my head and navigate problems creatively.

And I like having a reason to buy good pens.


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