It’s a simple question, but reading the Nanowrimo forums got me thinking: what way of writing is best for me?
I definitely feel more creative when I hand-write, and I feel like I can go “on a roll” for a lot longer before something throws me out of what I’m writing.
Much more portable. I love writing outside in the park when it’s sunny or inside at a coffee shop. Again I feel like I get more done, probably because there are less distractions. Feeling like I need to “earn” my coffee, cake or whatever, helps too.
I can scrawl notes in the margins, asterisk in extra notes and draw arrows all over the page.
I have really crap writing once I really get going. Sometimes I can’t read it.
It’s all going to need typed up anyway.
Typing on a Laptop Pros.
There’s some really great software available to make writing as painless as possible – Scrivener, Storyist etc.
Built in spell checkers, word counters etc.
I can make reference boards for story points on Pinterest and cast actors as my characters to see them all together.
Reference material for obscure things I hadn’t considered can be found quickly.
Typing on a Laptop Cons.
I tend to obsess over ever word choice, making the process a lot slower.
Less portable, I’m not keen on toting my laptop around with me and there’s screen glare in sunlight.
The internet is distracting. Very distracting.
iphone – The notes feature can be used to type and then email it to myself. Good on the go or for brief notes and ideas but unlikely to use for more than a few paragraphs.
Dictation – Lots of apps are available on my phone to do voice recording. This could then be listened to and typed up, or ran through recognition software like Dragon Naturally Speaking. However, recognition is pretty spotty and needs serious amounts of editing. Again, okay for short bursts.
Typewriter – I’d need to borrow one, but I’d feel so writerly! After the first few errors, I’d get frustrated. Probably has the flaws of both typing and handwriting.
I’ll probably hand-write a chapter or so at a time, the type it up. I’m planning to use Scrivener for typing, and I can do a little editing as I go. I’ll be backing up to Dropbox so I don’t loose everything if I lose a scrap of paper or my laptop crashes.