Writing by Hand

Many Kitchen Table Writers ask:  Why write by hand.  The question about pen vs computer is a good observation. 

I strongly believe that the freshest material happens when we write by hand.  This kinesthetic writing allows us to get closest to our heart.

Here is an excerpt from an interview about Kitchen Table Writing from Colorado Author’s League newsletter Imprint that addresses writing by had.

Why do your fresh writing exercises ask writers to use the established method of writing with pen and paper instead of composing on a laptop?  The lure of the laptop is always a question.  The computer is an indispensable tool for writers.  I encourage all Kitchen Table Writers to immediately type their work into their computer exactly as they wrote it and save this original file, preserving the energy of their creation.  To edit, I say create a new file and “have at” your work in the afternoon.  

What is the difference between hand writing and word processing?  Hand writing accesses a different part of our imagination.  I suggest writing by hand always, rather than on the computer.  This kinesthetic experience allows energy to flow from the heart to the page. Hand writing is a tactile art that accesses different material from a different part of the brain.

If a writer feels they must write with their computer, I suggest that rather than watch the screen in the warm-up and the creative period, look above the screen, out a window, or against a wall. Blank space creates a place for the “mind movie” to play.

After the handwriting, I suggest typing the material into the computer as soon as you can.  To keep from getting caught in the editing process, I suggest that you date and type the writing exactly as it is at first,include the bumps and flaws with words and phrases. (this could actually be your genius peeping out with a new way to say things.)  Then re-save the document through “Save As”  I give it the same name and date and add (.rwt) at the end of this name.  To me, this designates Rewrite.
Now you are free to do all you editing, changing, exploring in the new document, giving the writer much freedom to work.  You always have the original with its fresh energy. After much editing, I often return to the original and start again with the editing to recapture the energy found in the first draft.
Hope this helps.  Anne www.KitchenTableWriting.com