When I interviewed Roland Smith, it surprised me to learn that he writes his first draft by hand in a journal. I haven’t done that since seventh grade, the first time I ever completed writing a novel. The whole thing was written out on lined notebook paper in my Trapper Keeper. I still have it somewhere. In the garage. I think.
But I have noticed that whenever I get stuck on a story, it helps me to print it out and go over it with a pencil. It looks different in print than it does on screen. I look at my words differently. Scribbling notes to myself on paper or in a journal also helps. I never write a full outline, but I do like to write ideas, scenes or snatches of conversation on a note card.
Where do you write your first drafts? Do you write any part of them by hand? Does writing by hand help you when you’re stuck?
Tomorrow I’m going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and I can hardly wait!! Not only am I looking forward to hearing authors like Lisa Yee, Megan McDonald, Ally Condie and Allen Zadoff, I also get to see crazy blogger buddy Shannon Whitney Messenger. Woo-hoo! And did I mention the festival is FREE? I love free 🙂
Today I get to hang out with Casey McCormick. Coffee will be involved. And books. It’ll be a blogtastic start to my weekend. I love that so many writers who I’ve met through blogging have turned out to be living, breathing people. People that I call friends.
One of those amazing bloggers gets a Roland Smith paperback of their choice. And today the winner is Kristin at Another Gray Day.
Congrats, Kristin! Send me your snail mail and your title of choice and I’ll get that book out to you. And to everybody else, have an amazing weekend! I know I will 🙂