Last update, I was fighting through the post-op fog & struggling to re-familiarize myself with my current work-in-progress (a Harlequin Desire I’m calling A Baby in the Billionaire’s Boardroom, but I expect that to change) & get back to writing. And it wasn’t going well. :houhoh
Agent Extraordinaire suggested I go back & not only re-read what I had written already, but re-type it, as well. So I did that. And it kinda-sorta worked. It definitely helped to refresh my memory of the story & characters, so that was good. But when it came to carrying on with the typing of new words & ideas… Um, not so much.
No matter how in the flow I thought I was, how ready to jump back in, every time I tried, I drew a total blank. Very frustrating.
So I started to wonder if what I needed was a change in my normal writing process. Something to jumpstart me, shake things up. Usually, I use my beloved AlphaSmart. In fact, I’ve written every book since (& including) Walker’s Widow on it exclusively; that’s 19 full-length books & 4 novellas. Wow.
My trusty Alphie Neo wasn’t working for me, though, so I decided to try something different. What if I tried writing by hand?
Now, normally, I only write synopses by hand. For some reason, they come out faster & better that way. My brain seems to function well on the big picture when I’m scribbling with a pencil & paper. But I’ve never written by hand before because it adds extra steps; instead of typing once on the AlphaSmart, then adding the text to my computer & being done with it, writing by hand means writing, then typing, then adding. :santa
But since nothing else was working, I figured I’d give it a shot & see what happened.
I started slowly, nervously, even. I wasn’t entirely sure of what I was doing because I’d never done this before. Even before I got an AlphaSmart, I wrote on a typewriter or the computer; I don’t think I’ve ever written anything substantial by hand.
Something kind of miraculous happened, though. It worked! The words started to come & the story started to flow again. I was even—gasp!—kind of enjoying myself!
Another great thing was that ABCFamily Channel had just run a Harry Potter marathon, & I’d recorded them as a refresher. (Sure, I’ve got them on DVD, but who can be bothered pulling those out? :cat ) So while I was working to recapture my creativity, I had some great, creative stuff playing in the background to entertain me. It was almost like magic…or like Professor Snape was standing over me with a menacing look until I started writing again!
I’m still writing this way, too. Yes, it’s a little slow & I’m still dealing with that extra step of having to type up what I’ve scribbled by hand, but whatever works, right?
“Without that tablet, we’re nothing!”
(Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)
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