Pen and paper has always been more honest to me. I longhand nearly everything. There is something about physically writing that opens a writer up more.
If I’m out hiking and inspiration strikes I don’t have to bring along some soul sucking electronic device to capture the thought. A small pad of paper is all I need. Sure I love that I can connect with others through the internet using various mediums, but sometimes you have to disconnect in order to create your own stories.
I do struggle with being wasteful so I ignore margins on notebook paper, abbreviate, and fill the pages entirely. Typing it all up is then a breeze because I have pretty much memorized my work, and I get to edit while I type making the transition easier. It helps to work out all of those issues that I hear writer talking about but don’t really experience. I don’t sit in front of a blank screen waiting to type, nor do I get distracted by social media or any other sites. The story comes out faster, with more integrity.
Of course my hands suffer a bit. But that’s what yoga and stretching is for. That and I pace myself. It also helps that I’m ambidextrous. When my right hand gets tired, I switch to my left. Sometimes a story gains more depth or creativity that way. It doesn’t always. I just finished the first part of my space opera, which is now looking to be a trilogy and it refused to let me switch hands.
My plan is to write a few stories in between with my left to even things out and then get back to this series. As spring and summer hit I won’t be as apt to write so I’m doing what I can now.